Time is running out to vote for the 2015 Radio Milwaukee Music Awards, presented by Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin. Each year we honor Milwaukee’s music-makers and we need your vote. Voting ends Sunday, Nov. 22!
Vote for your favorite Milwaukee Album of The Year, Band of The Year, Music Video of The Year, and more.
In many ways, contemporary music has gone back to the days of the single. iTunes and digital media sources have place more and more emphasis on just getting that one song you like. However the art form that is the full length album, still is the measure of a truly great band. The Album Of The Year award recognizes the best full length release of the year. (Sponsored by Pabst Blue Ribbon)
Working in radio we listening to a lot of songs. A lot on songs! But when a hit comes a long, you just know it. The Song of the Year Award recognizes that one song, that stands out among the rest of the album’s selections as THE hit. (Sponsored by Wire & Vice – the studio at The License Lab)
Working with a group of creative individuals can be difficult and trying at times. Any one who’s ever been in a band knows this. But at least you’ve always got your mates to back you up, and stand beside you. Creating on your own, can be a more free and open process. But at the end of the day, the music you release is yours and yours alone. The Solo Artist of the Year award recognizes the work of those brave individuals who do it all alone. (Sponsored by Koss Stereophones)
It takes more than just a great group of musicians, a top notch engineer and a talented mastering guy to make a great album. It’s got to look good too. Every year we recognize the artists, who catch our eye and capture our attention in the ALBUM ARTWORK AWARD category. (Sponsored by Milwaukee Home)
Downloading an MP3 has changed our relationship with our music. Bands today can distribute their music around the globe without the help of a major or even an independent label. The web has become the largest distributors of unsigned music on the web. This award recognizes the Milwaukee releases who did it all on their own. (Sponsored by the Milwaukee Bucks)
We here at 88NINE do not suffer from delusions of grandeur. We recognize that the Milwaukee Music we play each hour of each day, is just the tip of the MKE musical iceberg. Some artists do not fit our program style, others write great songs, but have yet to find an engineer or producer who can bring their vision to life on record. And some we just miss. This award is given to the best Milwaukee record we missed out on this year. (Sponsored BMO Harris Bradley Center)
MTV doesn’t play music videos anymore, but YouTube can make you an over night international sensation. When Milwaukee bands hit the web with an impressive video, the sounds of our music scene have the power to hit all corners of the globe. The MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR award celebrates Milwaukee artists who invest time, energy, and often hard earned money, into creating a high quality music video. (Sponsored by Enterprise Films)
The winner of the Music Ambassador Award* will be selected by Radio Milwaukee, not a public vote. This award goes to a person in the music industry who has gone above and beyond to promote Milwaukee’s music scene.
Past winners include Tom Crawford of WMSE, Peter Jest of Shank Hall and Made in Milwaukee.
This is the first year for the Humanitarian Award*, also to be selected by Radio Milwaukee staff, not by public vote. We will choose a person who is deeply committed to educating youth, developing their musical talent and creating opportunities for careers in music. (Sponsored by Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin)
A panel of local music leaders will select the Critics Choice Award* for Album of the Year. The panel includes music writers, venue owners, radio staff and others. (Sponsored by Peck School of the Arts)
*These awards are not listed in the ballot