|Ben Lacy (l) & TeeDee Young (r)|
To honor their years of dedication to their crafts, we are going to "retire" their names from said categories (they will be eligible in all other categories) and re-name the awards to honor them.
Henceforth, the guitarist award will be called "The Ben Lacy Award for Guitar Excellence".
The blues award will be called "The TeeDee Young Award for Blues Excellence".
The only other Lexi Music Award bearing a name is "The Jay Flippin Music Educator Award".
No similar award namings are planned for the foreseeable future.