As expected, CityBeat's 2014 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards resulted in an amazing evening of fun, great times and incredible music. Covington's Madison Theater was packed with musicians, artists and supporters of the local music community.
Highlights of the event include live performances by Honey & Houston, Moonbow, The Yugos and an emotional tribute by The Tillers. Tweens won the CEA for New Artist of the Year and, not surprisingly, Walk the Moon claimed Artist of the Year.
Below is a complete list of this year's winners. Like most, I had my favorites - some of whom won and some who did not - but I don't think there was a single award given out that wasn't fully deserved.
Cincinnati Entertainment Awards 2014 Winners:
Rock: Electric Citizen
Indie/Alternative: DAAP Girls
Metal/Hard Rock: Moonbow
Punk: The Dopamines
Folk/Americana: The Tillers
Bluegrass: Rumpke Mountain Boys
Country: Jeremy Pinnell and the 55’s
Singer/Songwriter: Molly Sullivan
World Music/Reggae: The Cliftones
Hip Hop: Buggs Tha Rocka
Electronic: Black Signal
Blues: Ricky Nye
Jazz: The Faux Frenchmen
R&B/Funk/Soul: The Cincy Brass
Best Live Act: Foxy Shazam
Best Music Video: “8 Ball” by Valley High
Album of the Year: Fists of Love - "I Sang My Heart Out to a Snake Once"
New Artist of the Year: Tweens
Artist of the Year: Walk the Moon
Between watching the live acts and the handing out of awards, I got to hang out with musicians and meet-up with friends like Ohio Knife, Dylan McCartney from Mardou, Eddy Kwon from The Happy Maladies, Laura Dolan from Electric Citizen, Adam Peterson of ADM and the always super-cool Caitin Behle. However, my favorite moment was getting to meet CEA winner for Best Singer-Songwriter, Molly Sullivan.
Throughout the evening, some very well-deserved recognition was given to local musicians, promoters, supporters, venue-owners and others who work tirelessly to bring the best stuff to the local community time and time again.
My thanks and congratulations go out to Mike Breen and the staff at CityBeat for another year of keeping the local music community thriving in Greater Cincinnati.