The nominees for the third annual Lexington Music Awards have been announced, with some additional categories and modifications to the nominating process.
Chief among the category additions is album of the year, recognizing an active recording scene in Lexington. Also, each category now includes a nominee from a professional panel in addition to nominees selected by popular vote, and there is now a critic’s pick award.
The awards begin at 6 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center.
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Drummer: Rick Warner, Jeff Frohlich, Ryan McQuerry, Robby Cosenza
Guitarist: Todd Stricklin, Cliff Jones, Zach Lafferty, Ben Lacy
Bassist: Roddy Puckett, Robert Trott, Steve Nall, Danny Cecil
Keyboardist: Palmer Tolly, Raleigh Dailey, Beth Mankel, Lucas Hippe
Wind/brass: Miles Osland, Paul Osbourne, Kenny Henry, ToniMarie Marchioni
Strings: Maggie Lander, Jesse Wells, Arthur Hancock, Ben Sollee
Critic’s Choice Award: University of Kentucky’s Wildcat Pep/Marching Band, Robby Cosenza, The Bats
Venue: Twisted Cork, The Burl, Austin City Saloon, Willie’s
Store: Willcutt Guitars, Willis Music, Doo Wop Shop, Don Wilson Music
Company: CD Central, Pops Resale, Cream Enterprises, The Album
Studio: Sneak Attack (Jason Groves), Charlie’s Tone Lab (Michael Vandermark), Long Island Recording (Steve Nall), Third Sky Studio (Richard Easterling)
Educator: Rob Rawlings (BCHS), Beth Mankel (Studio 88), Sara Holroyd (UK), Bill Kite (HCHS)
Live sound: Wallace “Gator” Harrison, Matthew Florez, James Rutledge, Phillip Osbourne
DJ: Kenny Cummings, Max Corona, Deadair Dennis, Jay Alexander
Gear Repair: RS Guitarsworks, Willcutt Guitars, Hurst Music, Audio Electronics
(five winners will be chosen)