A category for straight ahead pure rock and pop bands and artists.
Best Hard Rock
A category for those that rock a bit harder, punk, metal and hardcore bands.
The term “alternative” was coined in the 1980s to describe punk rock-inspired bands on independent record labels that did not fit into the mainstream genres of the time.
For local DJs and acts that spin records at dance clubs or incorporate electronic elements into their music through samples, computers and sequencing.
A category for music that incorporates elements of various roots music styles including country, roots-rock, folk, bluegrass, honky tonk and rockabilly.
A category for the more traditional/pop/outlaw country artists and bands playing styles with a Southern/Western influence.
For Rhythm & Blues and Soul derived from gospel, jazz and blues. For classic sounds of soul in religious, traditional or contemporary settings.
Best Hip Hop/Rap
For modern soul music exemplified by chanting vocals supported by sampled, synthesized or performed beats. Artists may be accompanied by musicians or recordings.
Both traditional and contemporary blues.
Encompasses jazz, both traditional and contemporary.
Best Progressive Rock/Experimental/EDM
A category recognizing innovative instrumental skill with performances to be viewed as combined presentations of music, lyrics, and visuals.
This category encompasses styles of music heavily influenced by other cultures around the globe or countries other than our own.
Best Cover Band
A category for bands who cover multiple artists songs or those that focus on paying tribute to just one, regardless of genre.
Album of the Year
Must be released between September 1 and August 31 of the ballot year.
Artist of the Year
A category for the band or artist who had the biggest impact on the area’s music scene and it’s listeners. For outstanding achievement between September 1 and August 31 of that year.
Best New Artist
A category for the band or artist that had the brightest emergence from September 1 and August 31 of that year.
Pop music is a genre of popular music that originated in its modern form in the Western world as a softer alternative to rock and roll. Pop music is eclectic, and often borrows elements from other styles such as urban, dance, rock, Latin, and country; nonetheless, there are core elements that define pop music. Identifying factors include generally short to medium-length songs written in a basic format (often the verse-chorus structure), as well as the common use of repeated choruses, melodic tunes, and hooks.