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2016's Award Nominees


Best in Industry

Best Live Music Venue

Cosmic Charlie's

Parlay Social Club

Austin City Saloon


Best Music Store (Instruments)

Willcutt Guitars

Doo Wop Shop 

Willis Music 

Best Music Company

(CD & music sales, labels, agents, arts orgs, etc)

CD Central 

Pops Resale

Fyre Entertainment

GFY Entertainment

Best recording studio/engineer/producer

Sneak Attack Recording Studio/Jason Groves (engineer)

13 O'Clock Studio/Cory Thompson/Nik McLean (engineers/producer)

Charlies Tone Lab/Michael Vandermark (engineer)

Best Music Educator

(The Jay Flippin Music Educator Award)

Shaun Owens (Bryan Station HS)

Kevin Holm-Hudson (University of KY)

Beth Mankel (Studio 88)

Dean Braunm (James Dean Rocks Music School)

Best Live Sound Tech

Phil Osborne

Wallace "Gator" Harrison

Matthew Florez

James Rutledge

Best DJ


Dead Air Dennis -WKQQ

Otis Badass - WKQQ

Kenny Cummings - TMV Cafe (internet radio)

Twitch - WXZZ

Best Instrument Repair / Builders / Customization

Willcutt Guitars

RS Guitarworks

Hurst Music


Best Artist

(Categorized by Style)



Small Batch

Maggie Lander

Whitney Acke

Michael Johnathon



Tee Dee Young

Northside Sheiks

RC and the Nightshades

Julie Tussey Band


Lexington Philharmonic

UK Symphony Orchestra

Central KY Youth Orchestra


Avery Crabtree

Bobby Perry

Taylor Hughes


Kung Fu Grip


Prime Cut Band

Dublove Reggae Band


Devine Carama

Strange Savage

Hybrid the Rapper

Sheisty Khrist

Jazz / Latin / Big Band / World

DOJO (DiMartino Osland Jazz Orchestra)


C the Beat 

Young at Heart Band


Rhyan Sinclair

Sydney Cubit

Albert Oberst


All the Little Pieces

Bent Penny Band

The Seas


Rhyan Sinclair

Avery Crabtree

Taylor Hughes 

Whitney Acke

Cover Band / Variety Act

Lexington Lab Band

Bent Penny Band

Vinyl Ritchie

Song of the Year

"I Can't Love You Like I Said I Could" Taylor Hughes, Whitney Acke, Ray Adams

"Mistakes" - The Seas

"Wasting My Time" - Grimsley Rose


Best Artist

(Listed in Performance Categories)


Vocalist (Female. Any style.)

Lauren Mink

Julie Tussey

Mandy Ray

Taylor Hughes

Vocalist (Male. Any style.)

Avery Crabtree

Michael Sliter

Michael Vandermark

Drummer / Percussionist

Ryan McQuery

Tony Hammons

Richard Sester

Robby Cosenza


Ben Lacy

Dale Adams

Gary Tussey


Bob Bryant

James Weeks (Richard Twiggenbury)

Jeremy Williams

Randy Refalo


Kevin Holm-Hudson

David Lee Hinkle

Raliegh Daily

Rob Portorf


Miles Osland

Vince DiMartino

Paul Osbourne

Jay "Rusty" Crutcher

Strings (Non guitar / bass)

Maggie Lander

Katie Penn-Williams

Yoonie Choi


"Special" Categories

Community Service

BAJA (Bluegrass Area Jazz Association)

Devine Carama 

Rennie Neubecker & Lexjam


Lifetime Achievement

(Vote for five)

J.P. Pennington

Doug Breeding

Nick Lawrence

J.D. Crowe

Ricky Skaggs

Les Campbell

Tee Dee Young

McLain Family Band

Everly Brothers

Vince DiMartino


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