6th Annual

Lexington Music Awards

January 26, 2020

Lexington’s History Lyric Theatre

2019 Lifetime Achievement Awards Go to……

Greg Austin
William Harry Clarke
Jarrod Figgs
Caroll Hall
Jeff Hood

The first winner of the Ben Lacy Guitar Award is Ross Whitaker.

The winner of the first TeeDee Young Blues Award is Rachel Crowe.

Paulie Felice won this years Jay Flippin Music Educator Award.


Venue: The Burl

Gear Store: Willcutt Guitars

Music Business: CD Central

Studio/Engineer: Sneak Attack - Jason Groves

Soundtech: Matthew Florez

Jay Flippin Music Educator: Paulie Felice

Radio DJ: Joey Truax WLXU

Gear Repair: Willcutt Guitars


Female vocal: Taylor Hughes

Male Vocal: Deven Roberts

Drummer: John Knight

Ben Lacy Guitar Award: Ross Whitaker

Bass: Tom Covello

Keys: Lee Carroll

Wind/Brass: TIE -Michael Cruse & Paul Osborne

Strings: Blakeley Burger


Americana/Folk: Rooster's Crow

Bluegrass: The Wooks

TeeDee Young Blues Award: Rachel Crowe

Classical: Lexington Philharmonic

Country: Taylor Hughes

Hip-hop/rap: Devine Carama

Jazz/Latin/World: DOJO

Funk/Reggae/R&B: Driftwood Gypsy

Pop: Vanessa Davis

Rock: Magnolia Boulevard

Cover: Graveyard Romeos

Singer-songwriter: Michael Tyree


Community Service: Freddie Moore (Fred Moore Music)

Critic's Choice: Chester Grundy

Album of Year: "Sour Cream" - Sour Cream

Song of Year: "Painkiller" - Maggie Lander

2018 Award Winners



Ronn Crowder

Montgomery Gentry

Sara Holroyd

Tee Dee Young


Jay Flippin Music Educator Award: Paul Felice

Critics’ Choice Award: Italian Beaches

Community Service Award: Twisted Cork Songwriters in the Round

Album of the year: “Silhouettes” by A Little Bit More

Song of the year: “Tried and Crucified” by Whitney Acke and Ray Adams


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)

Best Live Sound Tech: Matt Florez

Best DJ (radio): DeBraun Thomas, WUKY-FM

Best instrument repair/builders/customization: Wilcutt Guitar



2018 Nominees

 Nominees votes have been cast. Winners will be announced at the show on Sunday, January 28th.


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2017 Nominees


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2016 Winners


2016's Nominees

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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!


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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!


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2017's Sponsors


2016's Sponsors