Best Of 2019

On Nov. 25, the 2018 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards ceremony took place at Over-the-Rhine’s Memorial Hall. The show was founded by CityBeat 21 years ago to pay tribute to the local music-makers who make Greater Cincinnati’s music scene so amazing and the 2018 edition featured one of the Queen City’s most successful artists as a top-secret special guest. Aaron Sharpe (of the late, great WNKU) and Chanell Karr (a DJ for Inhailer Radio who in previous years helped organize the CEAs) were great first-time CEA hosts, presiding over strong live performances by local favorites like Freekbass, Knotts, Lung and Triiibe (who organized an amazing, impromptu cypher featuring several other local Hip Hop artists) and award presentations in 19 genre-spanning categories. After Triiibe was given the Artist of the Year award at the end of the night, WWE ring announcer (and Cincinnatian) Greg Hamilton took the stage to introduce the show’s secret guest performer, Eric Nally of the on-hiatus local Rock heroes Foxy Shazam and a collaborator/tour-partner of multi-platinum rapper Macklemore. Nally showed off his trademark jaw-dropping stage moves as he performed solo song “Black” and, for the first time, a tune he wrote with Macklemore from his forthcoming Full Moon recording project. Cincinnati Entertainment Awards, citybeat.com/music/cincinnati-entertainment-awards.

Music & Nightlife


2. The Blind Lemon

3. The Overlook Lodge

2. Sundry and Vice

3. MOTR Pub

2. Dutch’s

3. Oakley Pub and Grill

2. Fox & Hound

3. Back Porch Saloon

2. Coppin’s Restaurant & Bar

3. Bobby Mackey’s

2. The Crow’s Nest

3. Knotty Pine Rock Club & Tiki Bar

2. MOTR Pub

3. The Southgate House Revival

2. The Southgate House Revival

3. Madison Theater

2. Sundry and Vice

3. Queen City Exchange