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A Real Swell Time

Photos by Gregory Bojorquez

THANKS TO ALL WHO PACKED THE HOUSE AT THE ROXY LAST WEEK TO celebrate with us our fourth annual L.A. Weekly Music Awards (LAWMA). Your glittering stars, sundry industry weasels, curious lookers-on and friends and family of our choice selection of nominees milled about, chattering happily, clinking their glasses, looking très chic and generally lending a festive air to what came off as our most swiftly paced and smoothly executed program yet. Genial host Andy Prieboy kept things a-rolling with consummate style, grace, wit and élan; our house DJ, Garth Trinidad, filled the air with a nicely funky flow, and a host of bands gave their all in a series of intense performances that shook the rafters and, let's hope, reverberated up and down the Strip. It smoked, in other words. Our sincere gratitude to one and all for bringing their good cheer to an event that's playing at least a small part in bringing this musical town closer together.

And the winners are. . .

BEST NEW ARTIST

Dengue Fever

BEST ROCK BAND

Concrete Blonde

BEST HARD ROCK/METAL BAND

Queens of the Stone Age

BEST POP/ROCK BAND (tie)

The Excessories
Weezer

BEST PUNK/HARDCORE BAND

Bad Religion

BEST RAP/HIP-HOP ARTIST (tie)

Shapeshifters
Medusa & Feline Science

BEST JAZZ ARTIST

James Carney

BEST COUNTRY ARTIST

Dave Alvin

BEST CONTEMPORARY BLUES/R&B ARTIST

Solomon Burke

BEST SALSA/LATIN ARTIST

Quetzal

BEST INSTRUMENTAL BAND

Double Naught Spy Car

BEST NEW-GENRE/ UNCATEGORIZABLE ARTIST

W.A.C.O.

JAZZ EMINENCE AWARD

Les McCann

POP/ROCK LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Etta James

WORLD MUSIC/RECOMBINANT ARTIST

Ozomatli

BEST DJ -- MIXMEISTER

Babu

BEST DJ -- SELECTOR

Tony Watson

BEST RADIO SHOW

The Monkey Man -- Pirate Cat Radio

BEST ROCK/POP SONGWRITER/ COMPOSER (tie)

E (Eels)
Stew

BEST ELECTRONIC DANCE ARTIST (tie)

Crystal Method
Nortec

OUTSTANDING CLASSICAL ENSEMBLE/ARTIST (tie)

Lalo Schifrin
Leonard Stein, pianist and producer of PianoSpheres series

The MVP Award gives all the wee folks out there their chance to finally tell the critics to step aside and shut their gobs; we asked readers to select via e-mail their choices for outstanding L.A. musicians in any genre or style. The following artists outpolled others by substantial margins, thus earning them MVP Awards in a handful of categories. They are:

Best New Band: Radio Vago

Best Rap/Hip-Hop Artist: L.A. Symphony

Best Hard Rock/Metal Artist: My Ruin

Best Country Artist (tie): I See Hawks in L.A. and the Sid Hillman Quartet

Best Jazz Artist: Phil Ranelin

Best DJ Selector: DJ Irene

Best Electronic Dance Artist: Deepsk


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