The Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) announced the nominees for its 30th anniversary awards show, set for April 12 at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in Appleton.
The nominees are chosen by WAMI members throughout the state in 35 award categories. The list of awards categories and nominees for Wisconsin's best musicians are:
Artist of the Year: Cory Chisel; Fever Marlene; Bon Iver; Kings Go Forth; and Danny Gokey
New Artist of the Year: New Dog Trick; WhiskeyBelles; Pezzettino; Carrie Melton; and Jeanna Salzer
Song of the Year: "Born Again" by Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons; "You Never Know" by Pezzettino; "Victim to the Beat" by Kid Millions; "My World" by Bascom Hill; and "Las Vegas Nights" by Verona Grove
Swing/ Big Band Artist of the Year: Swing Nouveau; All Star SuperBand; Big Mouth & the Power Tool Horns; Fat Brass; and Groove Hogs
Blues Artist of the Year: Reverend Raven and the Chain Smokin' Altar Boys; Houndstooth; Aaron Williams & The Hoodoo; Sue DaBaco and the Wise Fools; Mean Tooth Grin; and Alex Wilson Band
Male Vocalist of the Year: GNO; Danny Gokey; Black Wolf; Cory Chisel; Justin Vernon (Bon Iver); and Chris Szebini
Female Vocalist of the Year: Jessica Bierman; Ronnie Nyles; Jayme Dawicki; Jamie Brace; Jeanna Salzer; and Amy Jo Doty
Cover Band of the Year: Rabid Aardvarks; Half Empty; Johnny Wad; Oil Can Harry; New Dog Trick and Sonic Circus
Bluegrass Band of the Year: Liberty Bluegrass Band; .357 String Band; Salt Creek; Hand Picked Bluegrass; and Art Stevenson and High Water
Country Band of the Year: Grand Union; Geoff Landon and the Wolf Pack; Saddlebrook; Chasin' Mason; Tim Castle & Young Southern and Nashville Pipeline
Rising Star of the Year: Tallan Latz; Jayne Taylor; Callback California; Kayla Hawkins; Hanna Gaffney; and Village Idiots
Reggae/ World/ Ska Band of the Year: Unity; The Invaders; King Solomon; Something To Do; Kojo; and Natty Nation
Christian / Gospel Artist of the Year: Saved By Grace; Chad James; Skillet and Danny Gokey
Alternative Artist of the Year: Jaill; Lucas Cates Band; Will Phalen & The Stereo Addicts; Pat McDonald; Awesome Car Funmaker; and The Daredevil Christopher Wright
Hard Rock / Metal Band of the Year: Spiral Trance; Kindred Soul; Profane; 9mm Solution; World Minus One; and 4th Floor
Pop Artist of the Year: Bascom Hill; Jayme Dawicki; The Vega Star; New Red Moons; The Lackloves; and The Subcontinentals
Hip-Hop/ Rap Artist of the Year: Frankie Flowers; Rusty P's; Black House Gang; The Figureheads; Kid Millions; and Prophetic
Polka Artist of the Year: Steve Meisner Band; The Jerry Schneider Band; The Happy Schnapps Combo; Copper Box; and The New Generation
R & B / Soul Artist of the Year: The Eddie Butts Band; Soul Food; Jerome Garrett Hunter; Midnight Groove; and In Black 'n White
Tribute Band of the Year: Beatallica; The Tempters; Light Up; Mark Shurilla and the Greatest Hits; Separate Ways; and The Boogie Men
Jazz Artist of the Year: Jack Grassel; Jazz Orgy; Chris Crain; Paul Spencer Band; Mrs. Fun; and Streetlife
Americana Artist of the Year: Liam Ford Band; Copper Box; Andy's Automatics; Blueheels; and Rowdy Prairie Dogs
Rock Artist of the Year: Boxkar; Steve Grimm; Sandcarvers; Verona Grove; Annex; and Greg Waters & the Broad Street Boogie
Album of the Year: "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" by The Sandcarvers;"Inevitable" by Bascom Hill;"Death Won't Send a Letter" by Cory Chisel & the Wandering Sons;"Unmap" by Volcano Choir; and"Recession Proof Rap" by Kid Millions
Guitarist of the Year: Chris Dame; Billy Flynn; Tom Thiel; Dale Sellers; Frank Calarco; and Alex Wilson
Bass Player of the Year: Chris Steelman; Guy Fiorentini; Chris Okkerse; Gary Christensen; Matt Miller; and Rick LaJeunesse
Drummer of the Year: Greg Thiel; Jeremy Kuzniar; Bobby Sellers, Jr.; Ryan Schniedermayer; Dave Schoepke; and Mike Underwood
Reeds / Brass Player of the Year: Steve Cooper; Peter Neumer; Warren Wiegratz; Al Groth; and Andy Spadafora
Keyboard Player of the Year: Dave Wake; Connie Grauer; Dean Lea; Rick Forkes; Brian Gruselle; and Kevin Machan
Specialty Instrumentalist of the Year: Tommy Greywolf; Russ Greeley; Steve Cohen; Danny Jerebek; and Cecilio Negron Jr.
Producer of the Year: Marc Golde; Joey Halbur; Gary Tanin; Pat Lilley; Justin Perkins
Recording Studio of the Year: Nexus; Renwood Messenger; Rock Garden; Limelight; and Smart Studios
Venue of the Year: Mill Creek; Milwaukee Ale House; BuBs Irish Pub; Turner Hall; High Noon Saloon; and Tom, Dick and Harry's
Radio Station of the Year: 88Nine RadioMilwaukee (88.9); WAPL, 105.7 (Appleton); WMSE 91.7 FM (Milwaukee); WJJO 94.1 FM (Madison); and WIXX 101 (Green Bay)
Print/Online Media of the Year: Shepherd Express; OnMilwaukee.com; MilwaukeeRocks.com; The Scene; The City Pages; and Maximum Ink
In addition, the general public can also submit nominations for "Artist/Band of the Year" in the People's Choice Awards. A winner is chosen from each of the four regions within the state to ensure musicians from all over Wisconsin are recognized. The four regions include:
- Southeast -- Milwaukee and surrounding counties north to Sheboygan and Fond du Lac, west to Watertown and south to the state line.
- Southwest -- Madison and surrounding counties, north to Sauk County, east to Watertown and west to the state line.
- Northeast -- The Fox Valley, including Appleton, Green Bay, Oshkosh and Door County.
- Northwest -- All other areas of the state.
"People's Choice" nominations can be submitted via the WAMI Web site. Submissions will be accepted until March 22.