It’s official. Gazette Music Awards Class of 2016 inducted during Metro Music Fest

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Friday evening, The Spy’s Ferris O’Brien helped present Gazette Music Awards to 26 Oklahoma artists and venues and  Lifetime Achievement honoree Tyson Meade and Rising Star honoree Parker Millsap. In the midst of hundreds of music fans during ACM@UCO’s Metro Music Fest event in Bricktown, reader-voted winners took the stage as their fans cheered them on.

Oklahoma City artist Joe Slack designed and created this year’s Woody Award trophies. Gazette Music Awards’ presenting sponsor was Firelake Arena. Special thanks goes to the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma for opening up its stage and welcoming the awards show, music fans and Class of 2016 winners and honorees.

Gazette Staff during the Oklahoma Gazette Music Awards at Metro Music Fest, Friday, Apri 8, 2016.  (Garett Fisbeck)

Gazette Staff during the Oklahoma Gazette Music Awards at Metro Music Fest, Friday, Apri 8, 2016. (Garett Fisbeck)

Scott Booker accepts an award for Kaitlin Butts for Best Country during the Oklahoma Gazette Music Awards at Metro Music Fest, Friday, Apri 8, 2016.  (Garett Fisbeck)

Scott Booker accepts an award for Kaitlin Butts for Best Country during the Oklahoma Gazette Music Awards at Metro Music Fest, Friday, Apri 8, 2016. (Garett Fisbeck)

Helen Kelter Skelter for Best Punk during the Oklahoma Gazette Music Awards at Metro Music Fest, Friday, Apri 8, 2016.  (Garett Fisbeck)

Helen Kelter Skelter for Best Punk during the Oklahoma Gazette Music Awards at Metro Music Fest, Friday, Apri 8, 2016. (Garett Fisbeck)

Elizabeth Speegle Band for Best Jazz during the Oklahoma Gazette Music Awards at Metro Music Fest, Friday, Apri 8, 2016.  (Garett Fisbeck)

Elizabeth Speegle Band for Best Jazz during the Oklahoma Gazette Music Awards at Metro Music Fest, Friday, Apri 8, 2016. (Garett Fisbeck)

Lincka for Best Latin during the Oklahoma Gazette Music Awards at Metro Music Fest, Friday, Apri 8, 2016.  (Garett Fisbeck)

Lincka for Best Latin during the Oklahoma Gazette Music Awards at Metro Music Fest, Friday, Apri 8, 2016. (Garett Fisbeck)

Left to Die for Best Metal during the Oklahoma Gazette Music Awards at Metro Music Fest, Friday, Apri 8, 2016.  (Garett Fisbeck)

Left to Die for Best Metal during the Oklahoma Gazette Music Awards at Metro Music Fest, Friday, Apri 8, 2016. (Garett Fisbeck)

Tyson Meade and Parker Millsap during the Oklahoma Gazette Music Awards at Metro Music Fest, Friday, Apri 8, 2016.  (Garett Fisbeck)

Tyson Meade and Parker Millsap during the Oklahoma Gazette Music Awards at Metro Music Fest, Friday, Apri 8, 2016. (Garett Fisbeck)

Short Dogg for Best R&B during the Oklahoma Gazette Music Awards at Metro Music Fest, Friday, Apri 8, 2016.  (Garett Fisbeck)

Short Dogg for Best R&B during the Oklahoma Gazette Music Awards at Metro Music Fest, Friday, Apri 8, 2016. (Garett Fisbeck)

LoneMoon for Best Underage Band during the Oklahoma Gazette Music Awards at Metro Music Fest, Friday, Apri 8, 2016.  (Garett Fisbeck)

LoneMoon for Best Underage Band during the Oklahoma Gazette Music Awards at Metro Music Fest, Friday, Apri 8, 2016. (Garett Fisbeck)

Guestroom Records for Best Record Store during the Oklahoma Gazette Music Awards at Metro Music Fest, Friday, Apri 8, 2016.  (Garett Fisbeck)

Guestroom Records for Best Record Store during the Oklahoma Gazette Music Awards at Metro Music Fest, Friday, Apri 8, 2016. (Garett Fisbeck)

Rawson Music for Best Music Gear Store during the Oklahoma Gazette Music Awards at Metro Music Fest, Friday, Apri 8, 2016.  (Garett Fisbeck)

Rawson Music for Best Music Gear Store during the Oklahoma Gazette Music Awards at Metro Music Fest, Friday, Apri 8, 2016. (Garett Fisbeck)

LoneMoon for Best Underage Band during the Oklahoma Gazette Music Awards at Metro Music Fest, Friday, Apri 8, 2016.  (Garett Fisbeck)

LoneMoon for Best Underage Band during the Oklahoma Gazette Music Awards at Metro Music Fest, Friday, Apri 8, 2016. (Garett Fisbeck)

Tyson Meade during the Oklahoma Gazette Music Awards at Metro Music Fest, Friday, Apri 8, 2016.  (Garett Fisbeck)

Tyson Meade during the Oklahoma Gazette Music Awards at Metro Music Fest, Friday, Apri 8, 2016. (Garett Fisbeck)

Tyson Meade for Lifetime Achievement during the Oklahoma Gazette Music Awards at Metro Music Fest, Friday, Apri 8, 2016.  (Garett Fisbeck)

Tyson Meade for Lifetime Achievement during the Oklahoma Gazette Music Awards at Metro Music Fest, Friday, Apri 8, 2016. (Garett Fisbeck)

The Blue Note for Best Place for Karaoke during the Oklahoma Gazette Music Awards at Metro Music Fest, Friday, Apri 8, 2016.  (Garett Fisbeck)

The Blue Note for Best Place for Karaoke during the Oklahoma Gazette Music Awards at Metro Music Fest, Friday, Apri 8, 2016. (Garett Fisbeck)

Shortt Dogg for Best R&B during the Oklahoma Gazette Music Awards at Metro Music Fest, Friday, Apri 8, 2016.  (Garett Fisbeck)

Shortt Dogg for Best R&B during the Oklahoma Gazette Music Awards at Metro Music Fest, Friday, Apri 8, 2016. (Garett Fisbeck)

2016 Gazette Music Awards winners and honorees:

Best Acoustic: John Moreland

Worth mentioning: Dusty Rose, Kyle Dillingham

Best Americana / Folk: Kyle Dillingham & Horseshoe Road

Worth mentioning: Parker Millsap, 

John Fullbright

Best Country: Kaitlin Butts

Worth mentioning: Turnpike Troubadours, Jason Young Band

Best Electronic / DJ: Blev

Worth mentioning: Warcopter, LoneMoon

Best Jazz: Elizabeth Speegle Band

Worth mentioning: Justin Young, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey

Best Latin: Lincka

Worth mentioning: Edgar Cruz, brujoroots

Best Metal: Left to Die

Worth mentioning: Soul Torrent, A Dying Art

Best Punk: Helen Kelter Skelter

Worth mentioning: Cosmostanza, Red City Radio

Best R&B: Shortt Dogg

Worth mentioning: Meant2B, Cooki Turner

Best Rap / Hip-Hop: Jabee

Worth mentioning: Josh Sallee, Trash TV

Best Red Dirt / Rockabilly: Red Dirt Rangers

Worth mentioning: Kent Fauss, Stoney LaRue

Best Rock: Kirra

Worth mentioning: Zoot Suit, Midas 13

Best Cover: My So Called Band

Worth mentioning: Evolution Underground, Uncle Freddy

Best Overall: Jabee

Worth mentioning: Kirra, Kyle Dillingham & Horseshoe Road

Best Other Genre: Horse Thief (folk rock)

Worth mentioning: Junebug Spade (indie stoner pop), Shortt Dogg (funk, R&B, hip-hop, smooth jazz)

Best Underage Band: LoneMoon

Worth mentioning: Part-Time Savants, The Void In Me

Best Singer-Songwriter: John Moreland

Worth mentioning: Samantha Crain, Kyle Dillingham

Best Record Store: Guestroom Records

Worth mentioning: Charlie’s Jazz-Rhythm & Blues Records, Trolley Stop Record Shop

Best Music Gear Store: Rawson Music

Worth mentioning: OKC Music and Sound, Norman Music Center

Best Place to Dance: Groovy’s

Worth mentioning: Russell’s, The Copa

Best Place for Karaoke: Blue Note Lounge

Worth mentioning: Cookie’s, Henry Hudson’s Pub

Best Music Festival in Oklahoma: Rocklahoma

Worth mentioning: Norman Music Festival, Backwoods Music Festival

Best Live Music Venue (Small): 51st Street Speakeasy

Worth mentioning: Blue Note Lounge,  Thunder Alley Grill & Sports Lounge

Best Live Music Venue (Large): Diamond Ballroom

Worth mentioning: The Zoo Amphitheatre, Chesapeake Energy Arena

Lifetime Achievement: Tyson Meade

Rising Star: Parker Millsap

Print headline: GMA love, It’s official. Gazette Music Awards Class of 2016 was inducted during last week’s ACM@UCO Metro Music Fest in downtown Oklahoma City. 

Jennifer Chancellor

Jennifer is editor-in-chief of Oklahoma Gazette. Her journalistic work includes news, breaking news, music, feature and news feature reporting, investigative journalism, news photography, videography, blogging, page design and marketing spanning more than two decades in Oklahoma. Twitter: @JenChancellor

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