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GGOOLLDD was nominated for several WAMIs, including Artist of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year.

WAMI announces 2016 awards nominees

The Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) has announced the nominees and Hall of Fame inductees for its 36th Annual Awards Show. This year's show will take place Sunday, April 17 at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center. Doors open at 6 pm, with the Awards Show beginning at 7 pm.

WAMI will host a party celebrating the nominees on Sunday, April 3 at 7 p.m. at The Saloon on Calhoun, 17200 W. Capitol Dr., in Brookfield. The event is free and open to the public.

In addition, People's Choice Awards voting closes March 9. These awards represent a subset of the annual awards given by WAMI. They allow for statewide voting by anyone who wishes to nominate in the specified categories. A quadrant system is used to ensure representation from all areas of the state.

The award nominees with their respective categories, and Hall of Fame inductees are as follows:

Pee Wee King

Julius Frank Anthony Kuczynski (February 18, 1914-March 7, 2000), aka Pee Wee King, is best known for co-writing "The Tennessee Waltz" in 1946. Born and raised in Abrams, Wisconsin, he was touring with Gene Autry by the time he was in his 20s. He joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1937, recorded extensively for RCA and other labels, and went on to become inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970, followed by the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1974.

Lyle Mays

Acclaimed jazz pianist and composer Lyle Mays hails from Wausaukee. He's best known for his piano/keyboards/synth work as an integral member of the 11-time-Grammy Award winning Pat Metheny Group. With Metheny, Mays has also been co-composer and arranger for most of the group's music during its 40+ year success.

Dave Steffen

Widely recognized for his guitar prowess and signature style of blues rock, Wisconsin native Dave Steffen has experienced continuing success with his band, the Dave Steffen Band, since the band's inception in the '70's. He's been signed to both RCA and Mercury Records, with 11 albums released to date. His songs have been featured in movies and TV shows, and he's toured extensively, working with Robin Trower, Huey Lewis, members of Santana, Journey and many others.

The 2016 WAMI nominees are:

Artist of the Year

  • GGOOLLDD
  • Kyle Megna & The Monsoons
  • WebsterX
  • Vinyl Theatre
  • Kiings

Album of the Year

  • Maritime, "Magnetic Bodies/Maps of Bones"
  • The Lately, "Old News"
  • Boxkar, "Five"
  • GGOOLLDD, "For The Night"
  • Tenement, "Predatory Headlights"
  • Midnight Reruns, "Force of Nurture"
  • The Jimmys, "Hot Dish"
  • Klassik, "Seasons"

Song of the Year

  • Webster X (feat. Siren), "Doomsday"
  • Maritime, "Satellite Love"
  • GGOOLLDD, "Boyz"
  • Tigernite, "Empire"
  • Kiings (feat. Rae Cassidy), "Feel"
  • Boxkar, "I'm Over You"
  • The Lately, "Old News"

Male Vocalist

  • Rich Hoffman
  • Christopher Szebeni
  • Kyle Megna
  • Tony Goff
  • Travis Schinke
  • Lucas Cates
  • Michael Brigham
  • Michael Sean

Female Vocalist

  • Annie Buege
  • Molly Lux
  • Alexis Walton
  • Amy Jo Doty
  • Stephanie Vogt
  • Jen Schafer
  • Erin Krebs
  • Amileigha Blue
  • Chanel LeMeaux

Alternative Rock/Rock Artist

  • Field Report
  • The Family Business
  • Life in a Tree
  • Dr. Chow's Love Medicine
  • Tigernite
  • The Lately
  • The Delta Routine
  • Meghan Rose & The Bones

Bluegrass/Americana

  • Dead Horses
  • The WhiskeyBelles
  • Horseshoes & Hand Grenades
  • Mad Polecats
  • The Ditchrunners
  • The Mascot Theory

Blues Artist

  • Big 'n Tasty
  • Reverend Raven & The Chain Smokin' Altar Boys
  • The Jimmy's
  • Aaron Williams & The Hoodoo
  • Katz Sass
  • Altered Five
  • Paul Filipowicz
  • The Blues Disciples

Christian/Gospel

  • Koine
  • Masonic Wonders
  • Night Divine
  • David Nunley

Country Artist

  • The Pat Watters Band
  • Rebel Grace
  • Bella Cain
  • Spitfire Rodeo
  • Raised Reckless
  • Grand Union
  • Madison County
  • Georgia Overdrive

Cover Artist

  • RPM
  • Boogie & The Yo-yo'z
  • The Presidents
  • Cherry Pie
  • Rabid Aardvarks
  • The Now
  • Ask your Mother
  • HYDE

Folk/Celtic

  • Reilly
  • Whiskey of the Damned
  • Killarney Blarney and The Paddy Wagon
  • The Kissers
  • John Stano
  • Coventry Jones

Hard Rock/Metal

  • Red Light Saints
  • Conniption
  • Burial Ritual
  • Evoked
  • Living Several Deaths
  • Chief
  • Decivilize
  • Lords of the Trident
  • Moon Curse

Jazz Artist

  • The Jazz Orgy
  • Dick Eliot
  • Roxi Copland
  • Jack Grassel and Jill Jensen
  • Jamie Lynn Fletcher
  • Randi Fay

Polka

  • The Squeezettes
  • Happy Schnapps Combo
  • Vern & the Originals
  • Rhythm Playboys
  • Gary's Ridgeland Dutchmen

Pop Rock Artist

  • The Middle Ground
  • GGOOLLDD
  • Green Screen Kid
  • Sexy Ester
  • Vinyl Theatre
  • Doozey
  • The Vitrolum Republic

Hip Hop/Rap Artist

  • Handz Onn
  • Webster X
  • Rob DZ
  • Klassik
  • NAN
  • IshDARR
  • Queen Tut

R&B/Soul Artist

  • Milwaukee Soul
  • The People Brothers Band
  • Tweed Funk
  • Shonn Hinton & Shotgun
  • Charles Walker Band
  • Streetlife
  • Keep'n It Clean

World/Reggae/Ska

  • Max & The Invaders
  • Unity
  • De La Buena
  • King Solomon
  • Natty Nation
  • Phocus
  • Salsa Manzana
  • Kojo

Club DJ/Dance/Electronic

  • Kiings
  • Antics
  • The Demix
  • DJ G-Spot
  • Aubrey Lee

Horn/Big Band

  • Cold Sweat and The Brew City Horns
  • WiFEE and the HUZzBAND
  • Big Mouth & The Power Tool Horns
  • Extra Crispy Brass Band
  • All-Star SUPERBand
  • The Jimmys
  • Hip Pocket
  • The Bill Sargent Big Band

Tribute Band

  • Separate Ways
  • The Prince Experience
  • No Quarter
  • Project Pink
  • Almighty Vinyl
  • Metal Men
  • Billy Bon Scott
  • The Rush Tribute Project

Bass Player

  • Matthew Wilson
  • Timm Buechler
  • Jon Wheelock
  • Dan Wolfe
  • Jeff Hammes
  • Andrew Mertens
  • Derek Nechuta
  • Nicholas Rodello

Drummer

  • Mike Underwood
  • Mark Budwit
  • Josh Rudolph
  • Scott Berendt
  • Logan Penington
  • Mark Marsh
  • Quinton Kufahl
  • Pat Wydeven

Guitar Player

  • JD Optekar
  • Brad Warning
  • Wade Fernandez
  • Jason Busse
  • Mike Hoffman
  • Michael Brandenburg
  • Peter Mac
  • Dan Johnston

Keyboard Player

  • Jimmy Voegeli
  • Raymond Tevich
  • Jamie Lynn Fletcher
  • Thomas Pibal
  • Sam McClain
  • Alex Drossart
  • Aaron Zinsmeister

Reeds/Brass Player

  • Andrew Spadafora
  • Stephen Cooper
  • Ross Catterton
  • Jake Crowe
  • John Vollmar
  • Mary Rodgers
  • Michelle Jerabek
  • Dan Zaffrann

Strings Player

  • Peter Thomas
  • Kimmy Unger
  • Wendy Lynn Staats
  • Stephanie Tschech
  • Adria Ramos
  • Joe Ketchum

Studio of the Year

  • Rock Garden Studio
  • Cherry Pit Studios
  • Studio H
  • Cave Studios MKE
  • Makin' Sausage Music
  • Trax 52 Recording Studio

Studio Engineer of the Year

  • Tony Anders
  • Marc Golde
  • Joe Hite
  • Sam Farrell
  • Gary Tanin
  • George Renner

Live Engineer Sound/Lights

  • Paul Hanson
  • Todd Dorschner
  • Jason Lueck
  • Kelly Klaus
  • Trevor Powers
  • Mike Freeland
  • Kurt Reffke
  • Todd Fink

Live Club/Venue

  • Linneman's River West Inn
  • Milwaukee Ale House
  • Shank Hall
  • Vinnie's Rock Bottom Saloon & Eatery
  • High Noon Saloon
  • Mill Creek
  • Short Branch Saloon
  • Headliner's Bar and Grill

Rising Star

  • Genevieve Heyward
  • Jonah Roth
  • Parker Collar
  • Blake Welhouse
  • The Healy Sisters
  • Generation Z

Singer/Songwriter

  • Nora Collins
  • Sam Luna
  • Annette Bzdawka
  • Kurt Gunn
  • Ryan McIntyre
  • Jay Matthes
  • Rob Anthony
  • Jason Moon

New Artist

  • IshDARR
  • Andi & Alex
  • Pam The Bear
  • Party Anthem
  • Reyna
  • Strip 'D: An Acoustic Trip Back To The 80's
  • Sunset Trip

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