After a 2021 hiatus due to COVID-19, the community radio station will stage the popular event once again at The Intersection, with fans invited to vote for their “Artist of the Year.”
It’s been a long time coming, but its return is being warmly welcomed by West Michigan’s music community.
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Forced to skip 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 22nd edition of the event will honor the best releases by local and regional artists in numerous categories, along with hosting performances by many of the nominees. The 2022 event will be held on a Saturday; previous editions of the awards show were held on Fridays.
For the 2022 event, the public can vote for up to three acts for “Artist of the Year” online here, with a full list of artists who’ve had their music featured on WYCE over the past year. The deadline for voting is Dec. 31.
Nominees range from rappers such as Alfie DaGreat, J.Rob and Wuzee & Samil to folk acts Troll for Trout, Stovepipe Stover and Chris DuPont to bluegrass stars Billy Strings, Greensky Bluegrass and Full Cord to rock groups Barrel Bones, BoneHawk, Desmond Jones and Tiny Tree, and many more in several other genres.
“So many awesome choices already,” fan Cathy Dalton wrote on WYCE’s Facebook page. “Wow!”
In addition, WYCE is partnering with the Grand Haven-based Michigan Music Alliance to present new awards: The Ovations, which will “focus on community builders and celebrate their efforts to enrich a supportive, sustainable, engaging and collaborative music scene in West Michigan.”
For years, the February celebration has packed The Intersection with thousands of attendees and musicians, billed as the biggest night for West Michigan music. The listener-supported, volunteer-powered WYCE also collects donations at the door and encourages fans to bring non-perishable food items for Feeding America West Michigan.
View Local Spins coverage of past Jammie Awards online here.
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