2018 Award Winners
Album of the year: “Silhouettes” by A Little Bit More
Song of the year: “Tried and Crucified” by Whitney Acke and Ray Adams
Critics’ choice: Italian Beaches
Community service: Twisted Cork Songwriters in the Round
Best Americana/folk: The Local Honeys
Best blues: Tee Dee Young
Best classical: Lexington Philharmonic
Best bluegrass: The Wooks
Best country: Sundy Best
Best hip-hop/rap: Devine Carama
Best jazz/Latin/big band/world: (Tie) Gayle Winters and Zach Brock
Best singer-songwriter: Whitney Acke
Best pop: Brother Smith
Best rock: Magnolia Boulevard
Best cover band/variety act: Rebel Without a Cause
Best funk/R&B/reggae: Driftwood Gypsy
Best female vocalist: Taylor Hughes
Best male vocalist: Derrick Spencer
Best drummer/percussionist: Tripp Bratton
Best guitarist: Ben Lacy
Best bassist: Bob Bryant
Best keyboardist: Raleigh Dailey
Best wind/brass: Miles Osland
Best strings: Raymond McClain
Best live music venue: The Burl
Best music store (instruments): The DooWop Shop
Best music store (CDs, etc.): Pops Resale
Best recording studio/producer/engineer: Long Island (Steve Nall)
Jay Flippin Music Educator Award: Paul Felice
Best live sound tech: Matt Florez
Best DJ (radio): DeBraun Thomas, WUKY-FM
Best instrument repair/builders/customization: Wilcutt Guitar
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!
Who We Are
The 2nd Annual Lexington Music Awards, coming January 31, 2016 at Lexington's Lyric Theater, were founded by David McLean of Skinny Devil Music Lab and Skinny Devil Magazine.
The Lexington Music Awards are financially housed under The LeXenomics Group, Inc.'s non-profit 501(c)3 umbrella, aimed to help other great ideas grow in the Bluegrass!
Want to know when voting begins? Want in on the latest news about nominees, performances and Lifetime Achievement Awards? Sign up here!