Wednesday, February 3, 2021

7th Awards Wrap & The Future

NOW THAT THE DUST HAS SETTLED....I want to again congratulate all of our nominees and our award recipients & lifetime achievement recipients, as well as every single one of you who played music, made music, kept the venues & music shops running, and more...and each and every music lover who supported the arts in such a crazy and trying time!

I also want to shout a HUGE thanx to everyone involved with the 7th LEXI MUSIC AWARDS: everyone who voted, all the artists out there doing your thing in spite of the new C-19 normal, Eric & Rachel at LeXenomics; Whit & Tim at The Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center; and more!

And our sponsors! These are folks who meet me in parking lots at odd hours to make sure we get what we need and write checks or donate product or gift cards when they know we're NOT doing a show with 400 people in the audience & thousands of dollars worth of interviews & ad space/air time....and they do it anyway. They do it for love of the music community. They do it for you.

So major thanx to everyone at Highbridge Springs, Ale-8-One, & The Botany Bay! Linda & Roy & Ginny & Sheila - I owe y'all more than I can ever repay!

And showing even more than this is a HUGE team effort, I want to thank Dave Medley, Bill Meck, Angie Beavin, & everyone at well as those who always have my back: Edd MacKey & everyone at Lexington Fashion Collaborative; Marcie Timmerman & Angelee Caidyn Feltner; Ranada at Ranada’s Kitchen; and this year the amazing Bill French who showed up on a minute's notice to take photographs. 

I also leaned heavily on many for our pro panel & advisors, including David Helmers (Railbird Festival), Israel Cuenca (Latin Music Awards KY), Renee Collins Cobb (Listen Locally/Overtones), Wendy Barnett (WEKU), Whit Whitaker (Lyric Theatre), Steve Baron (CD Central), Joseph Carucci (EKU Dept of Music), Mark Royse (RadioLex 93.9FM), Joe Conkwright (WUKY), Everett McCorvey (UK dept of Music), Neal Sluder (KY Music Hall of Fame), and more!

MANY MORE people to thank...and I will soon! 

But for now - congrats again to all of you! Kick back & enjoy the afterglow. 

Tomorrow, we get busy again!!!

Busy with what? Working with LEX-18 to get the video available for everyone....working with the Lyric to be ready for next year.....working with local venues to produce shows featuring amazing area talent....working with area businesses to bring more resources so that we might produce an awards show truly worthy of the talent & passion & energy displayed by everyone.....working to make the Lexi Music Awards annual show a true "red carpet event" for the entire community of Lexington & surrounding areas.....working to use the awards to leverage greater opportunities for area artists, to raise money for music education & arts charities, and so much more (read about that HERE). And maybe even planning a summer party to make up for the lack of official after-party!'s time to get busy. And if YOU would like to lend a hand, just drop me a line. We need every single one of you!

David M. McLean 

Monday, January 25, 2021

7th Lexi Music Award Recipients!

Our thanx go out to our media partner WLEX TV-18, our sponsors Highbridge Springs Water, Ale-8, and Botany Bay, and our venue partner The Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center for making this possible this year! Another huge thanx to everyone who voted - fans, pro panel, and nominees!

And now, the recipients of the 7th Lexi Music Awards are.....

Critics Choice Award:

Tahlsound Music Festival

Community Service Award:

Greg Thomerson - Blues Between the Bridges

Album of the Year:

The Break - Cody Lee Meece

Song of the Year:

A Black Man's Flowers - Devine Carama

We announced our Lifetime Achievement recipients earlier (They are T

om Martin, Gator Harrison, Walter Tunis, Les Taylor
) and details for the private presentation ceremony and broadcast will be released soon!

Thank you all for your continuing support!

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Lexi Music Awards Presentation

Given our current (covid) state, as we have said already, we will NOT be having a public presentation or an after-party. So what will the course of events be?

1) We will announce ALL award recipients (not just Lifetime Achievement recipients) in advance so that they can make plans to attend the small private gathering, which we hope will be taped in some form for broadcast on one of WLEX's platforms.

2) We will make arrangements with recipients to meet to accept their awards and give a short speech for the taping/broadcast.

3) Once wrapped, we will announce the broadcast date so that anyone interested will be able to watch!

Our thanx to our media partners, our sponsors, and every single musician & music fan in the area for your continuing support!

With luck, COVID will be behind us soon and we can have a live celebration sometime this spring or summer to honor the nominees, recipients, and their family, friends, & fans.

Thank you!

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

7th Lexi Music Award LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT Recipients!

As we do each year, we announce the Lifetime Achievement Award recipients in advance of the actual show...and this year we'll also announce the other categories in advance due to the venue restrictions. More on that - award recipients, venue, date, times, etc - very soon!

And so, it is my honor to present to you the 7th Lexi Music Awards recipients for Lifetime Achievement!

Les Taylor
Wallace "Gator" Harrison
Tom Martin
Walter Tunis

Y'all probably know Les from Exile, Gator from running sound for countless acts, Tom from WEKU, and Walter from the Herald-Leader...but there is SO much more to each of these incredible individuals! Complete bios will be coming soon!

Congratulations, gentlemen!

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

7th Lexi Music Awards Nominees Are.....

Here we go, folks! Streamlined from our 35+ categories to only 5 this year, but with YOU we're making it happen in spite of all the challenges of 2020! Thanx to all of our sponsors, our pro panel, everyone who voted, and everyone who is fighting uphill to keep the music alive!

It's my honor to present to you the nominees for the 7th Lexington Music Awards!

Song of the Year

A Black Man's Flowers - Devine Carama
Stolen Roses - Savannah Dean Reeves
Tension of the Season - Rags & Riches
Mar-a-Lago - Jockey Onassis

Album of the Year

Live Free and Die - Jockey Onassis
The United State - Justin Wells
The Break - Cody Lee Meece
Worshipping in the Wilderness - Devine Carama

Community Service Award

Open Mic at Twisted Cork
Devine Carama - Believing in Forever
Greg Thomerson - Blues Between the Bridges
Renee Collins Cobb - Listen Locally

Critic's Choice Award

Scott Whiddon
Lee Carroll
Tahlsound Music Festival
Tee Dee Young

Lifetime Achievement

To Be Announced

We'll announce the Lifetime Award recipients soon!!

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

PUBLIC BALLOT active now

BALLOT LINK BELOW.......(Note: read THIS for explanation on the radically condensed categories for this year - from 30+ to just the 5 below).

You'll be prompted to fill in name, phone, & email....and then you'll be asked for nominees in the following categories:

Song of the Year

Album of the Year

Community Service Award

Lifetime Achievement

We will also have our panel vote on a Critics Choice Award

We hope all will be back to normal by next year, so we'll have the 2022 awards back to 30+ categories, live event at the beautiful Lyric Theatre in downtown Lexington, KY (with musical performances and all the other splendor of past events), after-party, and much more! For now, it isn't as good as what you any of you deserve, but this is the best we can manage.


Monday, November 9, 2020

2021 Lexi Music Awards Event much as I'd like to produce a full-fledged event again this year (30+ categories, 6 live acts, house band, full house, and much more), forcing the issue would be an irresponsible dis-service to musicians, music lovers, our sponsors, Lyric Theatre staff, and many others.

After much careful consideration (and no small degree of internal conflict), I have opted to cut the 2021 Lexi Music Awards to just a handful of categories and either a virtual or very small live event designed solely to present the awards.

My apologies to ALL of you. You deserve much better than I am able to manage in the current environment. 

I am, I should note, waiting until the last possible moment to decide if we will hand the awards off in person or virtually or by some other means (such as traditional TV and/or radio broadcast). That decision will be dictated by everything from January-current COVID status & state/local mandates to cold, hard fiscal realities....but I will do the best my meager skills will allow.

The public ballot will only be available for a short time (details coming SOON - so keep your eyes peeled) and we will lean necessarily on a larger pro panel this year.

My heartfelt thanx to everyone for your continued support!