Wednesday, February 1, 2023

...and the 9th Lexi Music Awards Nominees Are...

....and with another HUGE thanx to our sponsors (without whom this event wouldn't be a reality), The Botany Bay, Highbridge Springs Water, Ale-8-One, Three Chord Bourbon, and Goodwood Brewing (with nod to our small private donors, also), our media partner WLEX-TV, and our event partner Lyric Theatre, I'm honored to announce the nominees for the 8th Lexi Music Awards!

Looking forward to seeing you ALL at the gorgeous Lyric Theatre, Sunday, March 5, 2023, at 6pm!

NOMINEES - please send your email contact (with your name/band/org) to 

INDUSTRY awards nominees

Venue of the Year
Austin City Saloon
The Burl
Manchester Music Hall
The Nook 

Music Store

DooWop Shop Lexington
Drum Center of Lexington
Currier's Music World
Willis Music of Lexington

Music Company
Overtones/Listen Locally
CD Central
What the Shuck? Podcast
Pops Resale

Recording Studio/Engineer/Producer
Burgundy Box Studio/Austin Jones
Sneak Attack Studio/Jason Groves
LIRCO/Steve Nall
April Edwards Audio Productions/April Edwards

Live Sound Tech
Taylor Begley
Nolan Dunn
Wallace "Gator" Harrison
Jerome Galt

Radio DJ
Jay Alexander - 107.9 The Beat (WBTF)
Loretta Friend - V-99FM (WIRV)
Kenny C Cummings - TMV Cafe
Mick Jefferies - WRFL

Gear Repair
Don Brandenburg
JT Butcher
RS Guitarworks
Willcutt Guitars

Jay Flippin Music Educator Award
Miles Osland - University of KY
Beth Dean - Studio 88
Paulie Felice - SDML Academy
Vanessa Davis - Vanessa Davis Music

PERFORMANCE awards nominees

Female Vocal
Rachel Crowe
Melissa Deaton-Johnathon
Taylor Hughes
Vanessa Davis

Male Vocal
Anthony Highley
Shawn Black
Tanner Whitt
Cody Morgan

Bass Guitar
Aaron Gosper
Dave Medley
Steve Nall
Steven Hughes

Brady Atwood
Kirby Davis
Matthew Polashek
Michaelle Perros

Peyton Whitt
Trey Beldsoe
Ian Dozer
Jeff Frohlich

Lee Carroll
David Lee Hinkle
Keith McCutchen
Jonathon Goodwin

Lucy Becker
Aaron Smith
Emily Miller
Jr. Williams

Ben Lacy Guitar Excellence Award
Patrick Gibson
Stephen Lynch
Tanner Blevins
Todd Stricklin

STYLE awards nominees

Moonlight Mile
Trippin' Roots
Brett & Donnie

Moonlight Mile
Dark Moon Hollow
Mama Said String Band
Goodwin Brothers

TeeDee Young Blues Excellence Award

Jeremy Short
Dane Sadler
Treyvon King
Rachel Crowe

Lexington Singers
Alicia McCorvey
Lexington Philharmonic
Whit Whitaker

Taylor Hughes
Blacktop Rodeo
Paint Creek
Zac Hart

Boogie G & the Titanics
Brett Higgins
Big Sugg & the Jazz Funkers
Rob Dread & the KMA

Devine Carama
Lane Allen
Hybrid the Rapper

Jazz/Latin/Big Band/World
Big Sugg & the Jazz Funkers
Keith McCutchen
cAnde Girl
Osborne-Tolly Duo

Totem Jones
Graveyard Romeos
Taylor Road

Vinyl Richie
Cody Morgan
Rags and Riches
Wesley Saylo

Dead Letterman
Ciggy Tuna
NP Presley

City Awake
Bedford Band
Grimsley Rose
Taylor Road

Cody Morgan
Taylor Hughes
Anthony Highly
Vanessa Davis

Four Shots In
Graveyard Romeo
Five Below Band
Vinyl Richie

SPECIALS awards nominees

Song of the Year
"Prayin' to the Whiskey" - Taylor Hughes
"Coal Lampin" (featuring Marcus Wilkerson) - GemRats
"Talk" - Rags & Riches
"Shine Through" - Brett & Donnie
"High on Something" - Taylor Hughes
"No Peace" - City Awake

Album of the Year
"Always Gold" - Rags & Riches
"Hidden Gems" - Gem Rats
"Overtones Presents: Goodwin Bros Working in Concert" - Goodwin Brothers
"Can't Get There From Here" - Eric Bolander
"Barricades" - City Awake
"I Hope You Burn" - Savannah Dean Reeves

Critics' Choice
Wesley Shipp
NP Presley
Marty Charters
Goodwin Brothers

Community Service
Devine Carama - Believing in Forever
Warren & Rene Collins-Cobb - Room 17 Productions 
Five Below Band (veterans "Honor Flights")
TeeDee Young Foundation

Lifetime Achievement

TBA (announced weeks before event)


  1. Congratulations Five Below…

  2. Thank you for nominating Drum Center of Lexington for Best Music Store once again!!!

  3. Freaking awesome stuff !

  4. When do nominations for 2024 take place?

  5. Congratulations to all the nominees and especially the winners! Is there a way to see who all received votes?