2014 Big Easy Music Awards nominations

The nominees for this year's best in New Orleans music




Lifetime Achievement Award
Theodore Emile "Bo" Dollis

Entertainer of the Year
Big Freedia

Music Heritage Award
James Rivers

The Foundation for Entertainment, Development and Education (FEDE) has announced nominees for the Big Easy Music Awards in 24 categories including best male and female performers and best album. Winners will be announced April 21 at a gala at Harrah's New Orleans, where special awards also will be presented to Mardi Gras Indian Big Chief Theodore "Bo" Dollis, Big Freedia and James Rivers. Radio personality Wild Wayne of WQUE-FM (Q93) will host for the second consecutive year.

  Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews is nominated for Best Male Performer and together with his band Orleans Avenue for Best Funk Band and Best Album for Say That to Say This. Performers receiving two nominations include Hellen Gillet (Best Female Performer, Best Contemporary Jazz), Alex McMurray (Best Roots Rock, Best Male Performer), Luke Winslow-King (Best Country/Folk, Best Male Performer), Maggie Koerner (Best Emerging Artist, Best Female Performer), the Preservation Hall Jazz Band (Best Album, Best Traditional Jazz) and Brass Bed (Best Rock, Best Album).

  Big Chief Theodore Emile "Bo" Dollis will receive a lifetime achievement award. Dollis' signature gravelly voice marks the landmark 1970s recordings by The Wild Magnolias Mardi Gras Indians. Dollis became Big Chief of the Wild Magnolias in 1964 and has performed with the group at festivals around the nation.

  Bounce artist Big Freedia will be honored as Entertainer of the Year. While still performing popular songs "Azz Everywhere," "Excuse" and "Gin in My System," Big Freedia broke into TV in recent years with appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live and Last Call with Carson Daly. In 2013, Freedia starred in his own reality TV series, Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce, on Fuse TV, which returns in June.

  Saxophonist/multi-instrumentalist James Rivers will receive the Music Heritage Award. In the 1950s and 1960s, Rivers worked with many local R&B singers, including Irma Thomas, Ernie K-Doe and Oliver Morgan, as well as local studio bands and recording labels, appearing on hits such as "Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu Part 1." In the 1980s, Rivers scored movies for several Clint Eastwood films, starting with Tightrope.

  The Big Easy Awards support the Gambit-affiliated Foundation for Entertainment, Development and Education. Winners will be announced and nominated artists will perform at the awards ceremony at Harrah's New Orleans April 21. For tickets, call Jon Broder at (504) 483-3129.


Best Traditional Jazz
Meschiya Lake & The Little Big Horns
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Tom McDermott

Best Contemporary Jazz
Helen Gillet
Edward "Kidd" Jordan
Nicholas Payton

Best Traditional Brass Band
Algiers Brass Band
New Birth Brass Band
Young PinStripe Brass Band

Best Contemporary Brass Band
Hot 8 Brass Band
Soul Rebels
To Be Continued Brass Band

Best Gospel Choir
City of Love Music and Worship Arts Choir
L.B. Landry-O.P. Walker College and Career Preparatory High School Gospel Choir
Mt. Hermon Baptist Church Mass Choir

Best Gospel Group/Individual
Bishop Paul S. Morton Sr.
Pastor Jai Reed
Rev. Lois Dejean

Best Funk Band
Naughty Professor
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

Best Rhythm & Blues
Davell Crawford
King James & The Special Men
Walter "Wolfman" Washington & the Roadmasters

Best Rap/Hip-Hop
3D Na'Tee
Big Freedia
Truth Universal

Best Blues
Alvin Youngblood Hart
Bobby Rush
Guitar Lightnin' Lee & His Thunder Band

Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal
Philip H. Anselmo & the Illegals
Star & Dagger

Best Rock
Anders Osborne
Brass Bed
The Revivalists

Best Roots Rock
Alex McMurray
Honey Island Swamp Band
Tommy Malone Band

Best Country/Folk
Andrew Duhon
Jim McCormick
Luke Winslow-King featuring Esther Rose

Best Zydeco
Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie
Lil' Nathan & the Zydeco Big Timers
Nathan Williams & the Zydeco Cha-Chas

Best Cajun
Bruce Daigrepont
Zachary Richard

Best Latin
Alexey Marti
Julio and Cesar
Mas Mamones

Best World Music/Reggae
Bruce "Sunpie" Barnes
DJ T-Roy

Best Mixed Bag
The Mike Dillon Band
The Tin Men

Best Emerging Artist
Maggie Koerner
Native America
Sweet Crude

Best Dj/Electronica
DJ Quickie Mart
Rusty Lazer

Best Male Performer
Alex McMurray
Luke Winslow-King
Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews

Best Female Performer
Alynda Lee Segarra
Helen Gillet
Maggie Koerner

Best Album
Brass Bed
The Secret Will Keep You

Preservation Hall Jazz Band
That's It!

Trombone Shorty
Say That to Say This

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