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Big Easy Music Awards nominations 

The best of the year in every genre and style of New Orleans music

The Big Easy Foundation has announced special recognition honorees and nominees for its 25th Annual Big Easy Music Awards. The seminal New Orleans funk band The Meters will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award and singer/songwriter Anders Osborne will be honored as Entertainer of the Year. Special recognition also goes to Threadhead Records for its mission to help local musicians release their own recordings and to the Lousiana Music Factory for its dedication to Louisiana artists. There also are awards in 24 categories, including traditional jazz, rock, blues, Cajun, Latin music, top male and female performers and Best Album of 2012.

  Winners will be announced at the Big Easy Music Awards on Monday, April 22, at a ceremony at Harrah's New Orleans, and there will be performances by nominated artists. The event is sponsored by Gambit, Harrah's New Orleans Hotel and Casino, Coleman E. Adler & Sons, Ketel One, Crown Royal and Abita Brewing Co. For ticket information and reservations, call (504) 483-3129.

2013 Big Easy Music Awards

Special Recognition Awards

Lifetime Achievement Award
The Meters

Entertainer of the Year
Anders Osborne

Music Heritage Award
Peter "Chuck" Badie

Ambassador of Entertainment

Business Recognition Award
Louisiana Music Factory

Special Recognition
Threadhead Records

Honorary Music Chair
David Torkanowsky


Music Nominees

Best Male Performer
John Boutte
Anders Osborne
Dr. John
Luke Winslow-King

Best Female Performer
Alexis Marceaux
Alynda Lee Segarra
Meschiya Lake
Sasha Masakowski

Best Album of 2012
Alex McMurray, I Will Never Be Alone   In This Land
Dr. John, Locked Down
The Soul Rebels Brass Band, Unlock   Your Mind
The Revivalists, City Of Sound

Best Traditional Jazz
Meschiya Lake & the Little Big Horns
Dr. Michael White
Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Best Contemporary Jazz
Herlin Riley
David Torkanowsky
Donald Harrison

Best Traditional Brass Band
New Birth Brass Band
Treme Brass Band
Young Pinstripe Brass Band

Best Contemporary Brass Band
Hot 8 Brass Band
The Soul Rebels
Stooges Brass Band

Best Gospel Choir
Betty Winn & One A-Chord
Electrifying Crown Seekers
City Of Love Music & Worship   Arts Choir

Best Gospel Group/Individual
Minister Jo "Cool" Davis   & Cordell Chambliss
Leo Jackson & the Melody Clouds
Minister Jai Reed

Best Funk Band
Khris Royal & Dark Matter

Best Rhythm & Blues Band
Dr. John
Walter "Wolfman" Washington   & the Roadmasters
King James & The Special Men

Best Rap/Hip Hop Artist
Big Freedia

Best Blues
Little Freddie King
Johnny Sansone
Guitar Lightnin' Lee & His   Thunder Band

Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal
Mountain Of Wizard

Best Rock Band
Anders Osborne
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

Best Roots Rock
Alex McMurray
Honey Island Swamp Band
Creole String Beans

Best Country/Folk Band
Luke Winslow-King
Hurray for the Riff Raff
Christian Serpas & Ghost Town

Best Zydeco Band
Lil Nathan & the Zydeco Big Timers
Chubby Carrier and the Bayou   Swamp Band
Cory Ledet & His Zydeco Band

Best Cajun Band
Lost Bayou Ramblers
Bruce Daigrepont

Best Latin Band
Mas Mamones
Rumba Buena

Best World Music
Casa Samba

Best Mixed Bag
Mike Dillon
Helen Gillet
Whom Do You Work For?

Best Emerging Artist
Vox & the Hound
Alexis & The Samurai
Naughty Professor

Best DJ/Electronica
DJ Quickie Mart
Gypsyphonic Disko

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