The votes have been tallied and now it’s time to give out some awards.
On Sunday, Nov. 24, the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards ceremony/party will honor local music-makers for the 22nd year. CityBeat created the program more than two decades ago, first hosting the event at Sycamore Gardens off of Main Street in Over-the-Rhine.
After several years at Covington’s Madison Theater, the CEAs returned to OTR a few years ago. This year the celebration will once again be held at Memorial Hall (1225 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, memorialhallotr.com).
The Nov. 24 show will run 6-10 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door.
Awards will be given out in 19 categories, including 13 genre-specific ones, covering everything from Jazz, Blues and Punk to Bluegrass, Country and Hip Hop. Awards will also be doled out for things like Best Music Video and Best Live Act, as well New Artist of the Year, Album of the Year and Artist of the Year.
The nomination process began in September, when hundreds of local music fans submitted first-round nominees. For the second round, a committee of Cincinnati music experts and aficionados helped determine the final ballot, on which the public voted to decide the ultimate winners.
This year’s CEA ceremony will once again feature live performances from several of the nominated artists. The 2019 CEA lineup includes: Maria Carrelli (nominated for three CEAs, including Album of the Year for her Strings on My Guitar); Go Go Buffalo (Rock nominees and last year’s Best Live Act winners); Bla’szé (first time nominee in the R&B/ Funk/Soul category); Patterns of Chaos (nominated for Best Live Act and Hip Hop); Multimagic (Alternative/Indie nominees); and Soften, whose Soften Forever is up for Album of the Year honors.