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The Meters will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Big Easy Foundation has announced special recognition honorees and nominees for its 25th Annual Big Easy Music Awards. The seminal New Orleans funk band The Meters will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award and singer/songwriter Anders Osborne will be honored as Entertainer of the Year. Special recognition also goes to Threadhead Records for its mission to help local musicians release their own recordings and to the Lousiana Music Factory for its dedication to Louisiana artists. There also are awards in 24 categories, including traditional jazz, rock, blues, Cajun, Latin music, top male and female performers and Best Album of 2012.

  Winners will be announced at the Big Easy Music Awards on Monday, April 22, at a ceremony at Harrah's New Orleans, and there will be performances by nominated artists. The event is sponsored by Gambit, Harrah's New Orleans Hotel and Casino, Coleman E. Adler & Sons, Ketel One, Crown Royal and Abita Brewing Co. For ticket information and reservations, call (504) 483-3129.

2013 Big Easy Music Awards

Special Recognition Awards

Lifetime Achievement Award

The Meters

Entertainer of the Year

Anders Osborne

Music Heritage Award

Peter "Chuck" Badie

Ambassador of Entertainment


Business Recognition Award

Louisiana Music Factory

Special Recognition

Threadhead Records

Honorary Music Chair

David Torkanowsky


Music Nominees

Best Male Performer

John Boutte

Anders Osborne

Dr. John

Luke Winslow-King

Best Female Performer

Alexis Marceaux

Alynda Lee Segarra

Meschiya Lake

Sasha Masakowski

Best Album of 2012

Alex McMurray, I Will Never Be Alone   In This Land

Dr. John, Locked Down

The Soul Rebels Brass Band, Unlock   Your Mind

The Revivalists, City Of Sound

Best Traditional Jazz

Meschiya Lake & the Little Big Horns

Dr. Michael White

Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Best Contemporary Jazz

Herlin Riley

David Torkanowsky

Donald Harrison

Best Traditional Brass Band

New Birth Brass Band

Treme Brass Band

Young Pinstripe Brass Band

Best Contemporary Brass Band

Hot 8 Brass Band

The Soul Rebels

Stooges Brass Band

Best Gospel Choir

Betty Winn & One A-Chord

Electrifying Crown Seekers

City Of Love Music & Worship   Arts Choir

Best Gospel Group/Individual

Minister Jo "Cool" Davis   & Cordell Chambliss

Leo Jackson & the Melody Clouds

Minister Jai Reed

Best Funk Band



Khris Royal & Dark Matter

Best Rhythm & Blues Band

Dr. John

Walter "Wolfman" Washington   & the Roadmasters

King James & The Special Men

Best Rap/Hip Hop Artist



Big Freedia

Best Blues

Little Freddie King

Johnny Sansone

Guitar Lightnin' Lee & His   Thunder Band

Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal


Mountain Of Wizard


Best Rock Band

Anders Osborne


Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

Best Roots Rock

Alex McMurray

Honey Island Swamp Band

Creole String Beans

Best Country/Folk Band

Luke Winslow-King

Hurray for the Riff Raff

Christian Serpas & Ghost Town

Best Zydeco Band

Lil Nathan & the Zydeco Big Timers

Chubby Carrier and the Bayou   Swamp Band

Cory Ledet & His Zydeco Band

Best Cajun Band

Lost Bayou Ramblers


Bruce Daigrepont

Best Latin Band


Mas Mamones

Rumba Buena

Best World Music



Casa Samba

Best Mixed Bag

Mike Dillon

Helen Gillet

Whom Do You Work For?

Best Emerging Artist

Vox & the Hound

Alexis & The Samurai

Naughty Professor

Best DJ/Electronica

DJ Quickie Mart


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