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2011 Big Easy Award Music Nominees

The Big Easy Foundation announces the nominees for this year's awards

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The Big Easy Foundation has announced nominees for its 2011 Big Easy Music Awards. Special awards will go to Entertainer of the Year John Boutte as well as the Radiators, who will be honored for lifetime achievement. Kermit Ruffins is the Honorary Music Awards Chairperson.

  The HOB series Treme will receive a Special Recognition award, and show producers David Simon and Eric Overmyer will be honored as Ambassadors of New Orleans Music. There also are awards for 21 music categories ranging from traditional jazz and gospel to DJ/electronica and heavy metal. Other honors include best male and female performer and best album of 2010.

  Winners will be announced at the Big Easy Awards on Monday, April 25, at a ceremony at Harrah's New Orleans, and there will be perfomances by nominated artists. The event is sponsored by Gambit, WWOZ-FM, Abita Brewing Co., Harrah's New Orleans and Coleman E. Adler and Sons. For ticket information and reservations, call 483-3129.

2011 Big Easy Music Awards

Entertainer of the Year

John Boutte

Honorary Music Awards Chairperson

Kermit Ruffins

Lifetime Achievement Award

The Radiators

Music Heritage Award

Joseph "Smokey" Johnson

AMBASSADORS OF NEW ORLEANS MUSIC AWARD

David Simon and Eric Overmyer

Special Recognition

Treme season 1, music from the HBO series

BIG EASY MUSIC AWARD NOMINEES

BEST MALE PERFORMER

Glen David Andrews

John Boutte

Kermit Ruffins

Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews

BEST FEMALE PERFORMER

Helen Gillet

Meschiya Lake

Sasha Masakowski

Theresa Andersson

BEST ALBUM OF 2010

Anders Osborne, American Patchwork

Dr. John and the Lower 911, Tribal

Galactic, Ya-Ka-May

Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews, Backatown

BEST TRADITIONAL JAZZ

Kermit Ruffins

Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns

Preservation Hall Jazz Band

BEST CONTEMPORARY JAZZ

Donald Harrison

Sasha Masakowski

Terence Blanchard

BEST TRADITIONAL BRASS BAND

Pinstripe Brass Band

Storyville Stompers

Treme Brass Band

BEST CONTEMPORARY BRASS BAND

Hot 8 Brass Band

Soul Rebels

Stooges

BEST GOSPEL CHOIR

First Emanuel Baptist Church

Shades of Praise

Tyrone Foster and the Arc Singers

BEST GOSPEL GROUP/INDIVIDUAL

Aaron Neville

Leo Jackson and the Melody Clouds

Minister Jai Reed

BEST FUNK BAND

Big Sam's Funky Nation

Galactic

Ivan Neville and Dumpstaphunk

BEST R&B

Dr. John

Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews

Walter "Wolfman" Washington

BEST RAP/HIP HOP

Big Freedia

Curren$y

Dee-1

BEST BLUES

Guitar Lightnin' Lee

Little Freddie King

Tab Benoit

BEST HARD ROCK/HEAVY METAL

Arson Anthem

Goatwhore

Haarp

BEST ROCK

Anders Osborne

The Radiators

Rotary Downs

BEST ROOTS ROCK

Honey Island Swamp Band

Lil' Band O' Gold

Paul Sanchez

BEST COUNTRY/FOLK

Hurray for the Riff Raff

J. the Savage

Spencer Bohren

BEST ZYDECO

Cedric Watson et Bijou Creole

Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band

Lil' Nathan and the Zydeco Big Timers

BEST CAJUN

Feufollet

Lost Bayou Ramblers

Pine Leaf Boys

BEST LATIN

Los Po-Boy-Citos

Otra

Vivaz

BEST WORLD/REGGAE

Casa Samba

Ensemble Fatien

Panorama Jazz Band

BEST MIXED BAG

Matt Perrine and Sunflower City

The New Orleans Bingo! Show

Tin Men

BEST EMERGING BAND

3 Pc. Spicy

Brian Coogan Band

Revivalists

BEST DJ/ELECTRONICA

Gypsyphonic Disko

DJ Soul Sister

DJ T-Roy

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