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Winners announced for the 2015 Big Easy Music Awards 

Alynda Lee Segarra's Hurray for the Riff Raff was named Entertainer of the Year at the Big Easy Music Awards May 21 at Harrah's New Orleans, and she collected trophies for Best Female Performer of 2014 and Best Country/Folk Band and Album of the Year for Hurray for the Riff Raff's Small Town Heroes.

  "This album is a love letter to New Orleans, because New Orleans taught me to love music," Segarra said when she accepted the award. "I came here when I was 17. I didn't have any money — I had a washboard. Because of the people of New Orleans, I learned how to play music."

  There were awards in more than 20 local music categories, and Big Chief Monk Boudreaux was named Male Performer of 2014. Huey "Piano" Smith, the R&B pianist behind the hit "Rockin' Pneumonia & the Boogie Woogie Flu," received a Lifetime Achievement Award, which was accepted by his daughter. Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne accepted the Business Recognition Award for his music ambassador program, which provides stipends of $1,000 or more to support musicians traveling to perform at out-of-state events. Dardenne said the program has helped musicians perform in 24 states and nine countries, from Little Freddie King traveling to the Houston Wine Festival to the Soul Rebels performing in China.

  The Big Easy Awards support the Gambit-affiliated Foundation for Entertainment, Development and Education. Big Easy Music Awards sponsors include Gambit, Coleman Adler & Sons, Abita, Sazerac Rye, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly and Evamor.

Special Honorees

Lifetime Achievement Award
Huey "Piano" Smith

Entertainer of the Year
Hurray for the Riff Raff

Business Recognition Award
Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne's Music Ambassador Program

Big Easy Music Awards

Best Traditional Jazz
Aurora Nealand & The Royal Roses

Best Contemporary Jazz
James Singleton

Best Traditional Brass Band
Young PinStripe Brass Band

Best Contemporary Brass Band
The Soul Rebels

Best Gospel Choir
Tyrone Foster and the Arc Singers

Best Gospel Group/Individual
The Electrifying Crown Seekers

Best Funk Band

Best Rhythm and Blues
Glen David Andrews

Best Blues
Luke Winslow-King

Best Rap/Hip-Hop/Bounce
5th Ward Weebie

Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal

Best Rock
Brass Bed

Best Roots Rock
Tommy Malone

Best Country/Folk Band
Hurray for the Riff Raff

Best Zydeco Band
Lil' Nathan & The Zydeco Big Timers

Best Cajun Band
Lost Bayou Ramblers

Best Latin Band
Rumba Buena

Best World Music

Best Mixed Bag
Sweet Crude

Best Emerging Artist
Leyla McCalla

Best Electronica
Quintron & Miss Pussycat

Best DJ
Quickie Mart

Best Male Performer
Big Chief Monk Boudreaux

Best Female Performer
Alynda Lee Segarra

Best Album Of 2014
Hurray for the Riff Raff
Small Town Heroes


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