Hosted by WKYS’s Chey Parker, The MusicianShip 2021 Wammie Awards were virtually held this week and honored local musicians and industry professionals in more than 60 categories.
Wammie guests were entertained with interactive events including a pre-show, red carpet, live DJ sets by DJ Mim, finalist interviews, a vendor expo, networking opportunities, and award winner announcements. Performers included Iza Flo & Crazy Legs (presented by Mars Arts DC), Josanne Frances & Chao Tian (presented by Strathmore), Elizabeth II, Kayla Waters, Noochie, and Teddy Chipouras. This year’s show was made possible by generous sponsors such as OCTFME, who was the Virtual Red Sponsor, Chuck Levin’s Washington Music Center, Mars Arts DC, Strathmore, Eaton Workshop, and Thrivent Financial.
Notable winners included: Best Go-Go Song: DC’s own Rare Essence ft. Snoop Dogg, Best R&B Artist/Group: Kevin Ross (Duke Ellington Performing Arts Alum), Educator Award: Randi Levy, Best Pop Album: Brandon Showell of NBC’s The Voice (Season 13), Advocacy Award: Aaron Myers, Best Rock Song + Album: Flowerbomb II, Best Country/Americana Artist/Group: Karen Jonas (Multi-Wammie Winner) and best World Music Artist/Group: Black Masala.
“This year’s Wammie Awards was an incredibly special celebration of the talent and resilience of the DMV music community that also helped support future musicians through donations from our VIP ticket holders and text-to-give contributors. We’re proud and humbled that our community of supporters helped raise almost $8,500 toward The MusicianShip’s free youth music education programming,” said Jeffery Tribble, Jr., Executive Director of The MusicianShip.