Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Awards: How Do We Nominate?

While I've talked about this on social media, traditional media (TV, radio, print), and more, it occurs to me that perhaps we haven't done a good job here at the blog or over at the official website explaining the nominations process.

So without further ado....

The Lexington Music Award (also known as Lex Area Music Awards and Lexi Music Awards) has a unique, 3-tier nominations process.

1) The general public can vote for whomever they please in each category.

This is a recognition of the role that MUSIC FANS play in the scene. By numbers, they are the majority of the scene, but more importantly, it needs to be recognized that without music lovers, the rest of us are just practicing in our basements.

Their votes net TWO of the 4 nominees in each category.

2) An annually rotating professional panel votes for their choices in each category (plus they choose the Critics Choice recipient).

Our pro panel is made up of about half a dozen industry pros each year....from performers to producers to venue managers to educators and more. We try to make sure we have people knowledgeable on various areas of the scene and multiple styles of music, as well as a good span of age range and the like. The members of the panel have their names published in the awards show program, but are not known to the public prior to the event each year.

Their votes net the other TWO of the 4 nominees in each category.

3) The nominees themselves vote in the final round to choose the award recipient in each category.

The ultimate in peer review, as it were. And with nominees changing each year, this changes the make-up of the voters for the finals each year.

I'm happy to speak more in depth on this issue if anyone has any questions.


Friday, February 1, 2019

5th Lexi Music Awards Wrap-Up

Ben Lacy & TeeDee Young Awards

Sunday, January 28, 2019......what an amazing day.  What an amazing evening.

In addition to the 30+ awards given, we saw 5 Lifetime Achievement awards given (including a posthumous award given to Jerrod Figgs). We saw a tie in the horn category (recipients were Michael Cruse & Paul M. Osborne), the Jay Flippin Music Educator Award went to Paulie Felice, the first Ben Lacy Guitar Award went to Ross Whitaker, and the first TeeDee Young Award for Blues Excellence went to Rachel Crowe. The community chose the late Freddie Moore (of Fred Moore Music) for the Community Service Award and our panel chose  Chester Grundy for the Critics Choice Award.

See the entire list of award recipients HERE.

"....and the winner is...." 5th Awards Recipients

Congratulations to this year's award recipients:



   The Burl

Gear Store:

   Willcutt Guitars

Music Business:

  CD Central

Sunday, January 13, 2019

LIFETIME recipients and more!

Our 5th Lexi Music Awards Lifetime Achievement recipients are.....

Greg Austin
William Harry Clarke
Jarrod Figgs
Caroll Hall
Jeff Hood

Congratulations on your achievements!

Awards show is at the Lyric Theatre, Sunday, January 27, 2019!

After-party at Ranada's Bistro & Bar!

Announcing performers soon!

Tickets are HERE!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Details Coming!

Announcements rolling out over the next few days include:

Lifetime Achievement Recipients

After-party Location

Ticket Info

5th Award show sponsors

Performer Line-up

Sooo....stay tuned!

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Preshow Press

I'll up-date as able.....

FIRST official announcement of 5th Awards nominees at Lex Community Radio

Lex Community Radio Facebook announcement

Podcast at WBVX radio

Bluegrass Today

Big Blue Tunes blog

Saturday, December 15, 2018

5th Award Nominees Announced

The announcement went out to the public via Lexington Community Radio chatting with Renee and Mark, followed by the podcast & on-air interview on WBVX with Max Corona.

Check the WLXU audio out here:

Check the WBVX audio here:

And here is the list: