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The 2011 Big Easy Music Awards 

The winners and the photos from a night celebrating the best in New Orleans music

Jazz and electronica. Rap and gospel. Harmonica and heavy metal. At the 2011 Big Easy Music Awards ceremony, held April 25 at Harrah's New Orleans, every genre and sub-genre of Louisiana music was represented as Gambit and the Big Easy Foundation saluted the city's best of the best. Many of the nominated artists performed as well.

  John Boutte received the Entertainer of the Year award, and jammed with honorary music awards chairman Kermit Ruffins. The Radiators received the Lifetime Achievement Award (the band is hanging it up next month after more than 30 years). Joseph "Smokey" Johnson took the Music Heritage Award for his contributions to New Orleans music from the 1950s to the 1990s, while attorney Chip Forstall (who often uses New Orleans musicians in his TV ads) received the Business Recognition Award. Mayor Mitch Landrieu presented Treme creators David Simon and Eric Overmyer with the Ambassadors of New Orleans Music Award.

  The other winners:

BEST MALE PERFORMER

Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews

BEST FEMALE PERFORMER

Meschiya Lake

BEST ALBUM OF 2010

Galactic, Ya-Ka-May

BEST TRADITIONAL JAZZ

Kermit Ruffins

BEST CONTEMPORARY JAZZ

Terence Blanchard

BEST TRADITIONAL BRASS BAND

Treme Brass Band

BEST CONTEMPORARY BRASS BAND

Stooges Brass Band

BEST GOSPEL CHOIR

First Emanuel Baptist Church

BEST GOSPEL GROUP/INDIVIDUAL

Aaron Neville

BEST FUNK BAND

Galactic

BEST R&B

Dr. John

BEST RAP/HIP HOP

Curren$y

BEST BLUES

Little Freddie King

BEST HARD ROCK/HEAVY METAL

Goatwhore

BEST ROCK

The Radiators

BEST ROOTS ROCK

Honey Island Swamp Band

BEST COUNTRY/FOLK

Hurray for the Riff Raff

BEST ZYDECO

Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band

BEST CAJUN

Feufollet

BEST LATIN

Los Po-Boy-Citos

BEST WORLD/REGGAE

Panorama Jazz Band

BEST MIXED BAG

Matt Perrine and Sunflower City

BEST EMERGING BAND

Revivalists

BEST DJ/ELECTRONICA

Gypsyphonic Disko

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