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For the second year, the Lexington Music Awards are seeking nominations for over 30 categories in the Lexington music community. The nominations are done exclusively online through Saturday, November 28th. To nominate, just head to the Lexington Music Awards voting site by clicking here.
The goal of the Lexington Music Awards is to represent the broadest possible definition of the music community in Lexington, KY.
In the Industry Category, nominations are being sought for Live Music Venue, Music Store, Music Company, Recording Studio/Engineer/Producer, Music Educator, Live Soundman, DJ (radio), Instrument Repair/Builders/Customization.
In the Style Category, nominations are being sought for Americana/Folk, Blues, Classical, Country/Bluegrass, Funk/R&B/Reggae, Hip Hop/Rap, Jazz/Latin/Big Band/World, Pop, Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Cover Band/Variety Act. Fans can also nominate for their Song of the Year.
In the Performance Category, nominations are being sought for Female Vocalist, Male Vocalist, Drummer/Percussionist, Guitarist, Bassist, Keyboardist, Wind/Brass, Strings (non guitar/bass).
Two special categories are also added to help with the music community. The Community Music Award is an over-broad category to cover benefits & other events, ultra-fans, volunteers, and more. Nominations are also being seeked for Lifetime Achievement Awards for KY native or resident for lifetime contribution to music & arts.
The Lexington Music Awards have a unique two-part process for choosing recipients. Nominations from the public are the only way a person or business is considered for the awards. Top nominees in each category are notified and decide amongst themselves who will receive the 2016 award for that category. This two-part process aims to include the community voice, but also protect the integrity of the awards themselves.
Lexington Music Awards will be held on January 31, 2016 at the Lyric Theater starting at 6:00 p.m. More information can be found at www.lexingtonmusicawards.org.