Rising cases sparked by the Omicron variant led the Grand Rapids community radio station to delay the popular multi-band celebration at The Intersection for four months. Details at Local Spins.
Mid-February has long signaled a monumental red-letter day for West Michigan music.
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But the long-lived COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc with WYCE-FM’s Jammie Awards, which last packed The Intersection in Grand Rapids in February 2020 for an evening of performances and presentations honoring the best local and regional music of the year.
Now, the 2022 celebration is being postponed for four months due to the rising COVID caseload sparked by the Omicron variant.
Originally scheduled for Feb. 12, WYCE this week postponed the 2022 Jammie Awards celebration at The Intersection until June 25, with a pre-party for sustaining community radio donors also in the works.
Station manager Jess Martin said the current COVID climate forced WYCE to push back this year’s event.
“Although some shows are still happening and the future is unknown as to when the current wave will start to drop, this event has much crossover, shared spaces, equipment, etc., and we absolutely could not risk getting artists or anyone sick,” she told Local Spins.
Martin said WYCE had lined up 25 performers for the Feb. 12 awards night and they were the first to be notified when “the difficult decision” to postpone was made. The hope is to have those same artists perform in June.
“Why would we not have those artists play if they are available and would like to? So much is known for everyone, but we very much look forward to providing a safe Jammies this year,” she said. “Patience is key. One day at a time.”
The Jammie Awards show — which didn’t take place in 2021 — features live performances on three stages, with awards doled out in a host of categories, including album of the year. WYCE also hosts public voting for “artist of the year” honors.
For 2022, the station also is partnering with the Michigan Music Alliance to present The Ovations, awards that “focus on community builders,” celebrating efforts to “enrich a supportive, sustainable, engaging and collaborative music scene in West Michigan.”
“We are very happy to have the addition of the Michigan Music Alliance ‘Ovation’ awards which celebrates the people keeping the West Michigan music community going strong even when times are tough,” Martin said.
“We are also exploring a couple ideas since this will be happening during a warmer time of year. Stayed tuned.”
Artist of the year nominations cover a wide range of regional acts, including Desmond Jones, Wuzee & Samil, J.Rob, Full Cord, Stovepipe Stover, Patty PerShayla & The Mayhaps, The Accidentals, Jake Kershaw and many more.
Billed as “the biggest night for West Michigan music,” the Jammie Awards show celebrated its 21st year in 2020, prior to the COVID shutdown. The event draws thousands of attendees, collects donations for WYCE at the door and encourages fans to bring non-perishable food items for Feeding America West Michigan.
Those interested in being a sponsor for the 2022 Jammie Awards can email email@example.com. The performer lineup will be announced in the near future.
Revisit Local Spins coverage of the 2020 Jammies here.
VIDEO: Jammie Awards 2020 Highlights
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