The Gambit-affiliated Foundation for Entertainment, Development and Education (FEDE) announced special awards and nominees in musical categories of the Big Easy Awards. Winners will be announced at the Big Easy Awards gala April 24.

  Deacon John Moore will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award. The guitarist began performing in bands in middle school, and he became a bandleader and studio musician, performing on hits including Irma Thomas' "Ruler of My Heart," Lee Dorsey's "Working in the Coal Mine," Ernie K-Doe's "Mother-in-Law," and many songs produced by Allen Toussaint and Minit Records. He has released a handful of his own records, highlighted by Deacon John's Jump Blues.

  The Revivalists will receive the Entertainer of the Year award. The band's song "Wish I Knew You." reached No. 1 on Billboard's Adult Alternative Songs chart in September 2016. The group performed the tune on TODAY, Conan and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The band also is nominated for Best Rock.

  Artist nominations include Leyla McCalla, who is nominated for Best Female Performer, Best Country/Folk and Best Album. Bobby Rush is nominated for Best Blues and Best Album. Troy Andrews is nominated for Best Male Performer and his band Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue is nominated for Best Rock. Tarriona "Tank" Ball is nominated for Best Female Performer and Tank & the Bangas is up for Best Rhythm and Blues.

  The Big Easy Awards gala features stage and music awards and performances by nominated artists. The event is at 7 p.m. April 24 at Orpheum Theater. Some awards will be announced April 24 on The Big Easy Awards is sponsored by Gambit, Orpheum Theater, Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts, Flor de Cana Rum, Sazerac Rye, Plymouth Gin, Stoli Vodka and Abita Brewing Company. Tickets are $45; $100 for floor seating. VIP tickets are $150. Contact Veronica Bird at (504) 483-3130 for tickets.

Big Easy Special Awards

Lifetime Achievement

Deacon John Moore

Entertainer of the Year

The Revivalists

Big Easy Music Award Nominees

Best Male Performer

Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews

Mike Dillon

Alex McMurray

Bobby Rush

Best Female Performer

Tarriona "Tank" Ball

Robin Barnes

Helen Gillet

Leyla McCalla

Best Album of 2016

Leyla McCalla, A Day for the Hunter, A Day for the Prey (Jazz Village)

Herlin Riley, New Direction (Mack Avenue)

Bobby Rush, Porcupine Meat (Rounder)

Seratones, Get Gone (Fat Possum)

Best Traditional Jazz

Detroit Brooks

Meschiya Lake & the Little Big Horns

Aurora Nealand & the Royal Roses

Tuba Skinny

Best Contemporary Jazz

Terence Blanchard

Helen Gillet

Delfeayo Marsalis

Herlin Riley Quartet

Best Brass Band

The Hot 8 Brass Band

Soul Brass Band

To Be Continued Brass Band

Young PinStripe Brass Band

Best Gospel

Tyrone Foster & the Arc Singers

The Johnson Extension

The New Orleans Spiritualettes

Betty Winn & One A-Chord

Best Funk Band


Corey Henry & the Treme Funktet

Naughty Professor

Sexy Dex and the Fresh

Best Rhythm and Blues

Jon Cleary

Tank & the Bangas

Irma Thomas

Walter "Wolfman" Washington & the Roadmasters

Best Blues

Alvin Youngblood Hart

Little Freddie King

Luke Winslow-King

Bobby Rush

Best Rap/Bounce

3D Na'Tee

Big Freedia



Best Heavy Metal/Punk

Donovan Wolfington


Mountain of Wizard


Best Rock

The Revivalists


Sweet Crude

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

Best Country/ Folk Band

The Deslondes

Leyla McCalla

Alex McMurray

Paul Sanchez

Best Zydeco/Cajun

Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers

Lost Bayou Ramblers

Pine Leaf Boys

Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience

Best Latin/World


Alexey Marti & Urban Minds

The Iguanas


Best Emerging Artist

The Crooked Vines

Sexual Thunder!

Sexy Dex and the Fresh

Stoop Kids

Best DJ/ Electronica


DJ Soul Sister


Unicorn Fukr