It was another epic Cincinnati Entertainment Awards ceremony tonight at the Madison Theater, as a full house celebrated some of the best Greater Cincinnati music has to offer. And drank. A lot.
The show went off great, with some excellent live performances from nominees and lots of fun from new host Ted Clark. I'll have more on the CEA show tomorrow (the afterparty is still in full effect as I type this), but gotta give props to CityBeat's own Jac Kern, who provided one of the funniest moments in CEA history before presenting the CEA for Hip Hop. Beyonce ain't got nothing on you, Jac!
More tomorrow (fear not — the show will actually be broadcast on cable this year; details coming soon), but, in the meantime, here's who won what at tonight's ceremony. Wussy — which has been on a serious roll since releasing the fantastic Strawberry near the end of 2011 (it made the cut-off for this year's awards, since the album came out around the same time as the last CEAs) — had the best night, taking home both the Artist of the Year and Album of the Year CEAs.
Congrats to all of the nominees and winners and everyone who showed up to party. Y'all are crazy.
1 Country - Mason James
2 Jazz - Blue Wisp Big Band
3 Singer/Songwriter - Kelly Thomas
4 World Music/Reggae - The Cliftones
5 Metal - Pulse8
6 Blues - Ricky Nye
7 Alternative/Indie - The Seedy Seeds
8 Hip Hop - Gold Shoes
9 Folk/Americana - The Tillers
10 Rock - Buffalo Killers
11 Bluegrass - Rumpke Mountain Boys
12 Electronic - You, You're Awesome
13 Live Act - 500 Miles to Memphis
14 Hard Rock - Chakras
15 R&B/Soul/Funk - The Cincy Brass
16 Punk - Switchblade Syndicate
17 Best new Artist – DAAP Girls
18 Album of the year - Wussy's Strawberry
19 Artists of the year - Wussy