The 2011 Big Easy Music Awards: the winners

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The 2011 Big Easy Music Awards ceremony was held tonight at Harrah's New Orleans, with performances by many of the nominated artists. The event was sponsored by Gambit, WWOZ-FM, Abita Brewing Co., Harrah's New Orleans and Coleman E. Adler and Sons. The honorees were:

Entertainer of the Year: John Boutte
Honorary Music Awards Chairperson: Kermit Ruffins
Lifetime Achievement Award: The Radiators
Music Heritage Award: Joseph "Smokey" Johnson
Business Recognition Award: Chip Forstall
Ambassadors of New Orleans Music Award: David Simon and Eric Overmyer, "Treme Season 1, Music from the HBO Series"

Under the jump: the other nominees and winners in each musical category (winners marked with an asterisk):

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 Brass Band

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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