Honestly, in 25 years of Big Easy awards, this has never happened before; it was an unforeseen event. To maintain the integrity of the awards, there are only three people in the room who know who the winners are in advance. Unfortunately, at that particular moment, they were all called to handle other things. We are currently considering ways to avoid such a mixup in the future.
Actually, we've double-checked the show footage and Thou was indeed named as the winner. The names do sound very similar and we are sorry for any inconvenience. We are extremely proud of all of our nominees and grateful to everyone in attendance.
I will share your messages about NOLA rap/hip hop artists with the committee. The winners are notified by 1. the article in gambit that is also on the website 2. by email, 3. by mail, by phone. We make every effort to reach each and every nominee. The winners are not announced until the night of the awards gala, then the winners are posted in a feature article in Gambit.
The Big Easy Theatre and Music Awards nominees and winners are selected by committees that are responsible for seeing as much live theatre and and much live music as possible throughout the year.
From time to time we have a Reader's Choice award, but regrettably, not this year.
Re Lil Wayne vs Dr John, Dr. John records here, had a Grammy winning album about New Orleans in 2008, and has been very gracious to participate in our awards programs for many years. He is highly respected by the New Orleans musician community, works with other New Orleans and south Louisiana musicians whenever he can. While we have nominated Lil Wayne in his category for many years, and he has won more than once in his category neither he, nor his representatives have ever returned a call or an email from our office. Our choices for special awards reflect the respect shown to the premier events paying tribute to the performing artists of our region, the Big Easy Theatre & Music Awards. It would be nice if Lil Wayne would at least acknowledge that we exist and have recognized him officially for several years.
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