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