About the Awards
The Lexington Music Awards seek to honor the present and past glory of Lexington's entire music industry. With 31 categories spanning the music industry including best female vocal artist, best male vocal artist, Song of the Year, best music venue, and best educator, this is truly a comprehensive awards program.
Affectionately dubbed the LEXIs by the local music community, these awards have reached their second annual presentation in 2016.
The LEXIs have a one-of-a-kind nomination and awards process. The public submits nominations through an online ballot during a designated period of time. "The public" consists of music fans, industry professionals, and community members.
Starting with the 2017 Awards, a professional panel was also added for each category. The goal of the pro panel is to ensure the best of Lexington do receive a nomination. Professionals on the panel were picked for their knowledge of the Lexington KY music scene and their expertise in a specific category. The awards do not differentiate the pro panel nominees from the rest of the top nominees in each category.
Once the online voting ends, and the pro panel has reviewed, nominations are counted and the top 3-4 nominees for each category are contacted. The nominees are then asked to help "peer review" the top candidates and choose a recipient of that year's award among themselves. Popular vote meets industry peer review for every single award. It's the best of both worlds!