The 2019 Cincinnati Entertainment Award Nominees

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After the first round of nominations from the public and input from a panel of local music experts and aficionados, the ballot for the 2019 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards is up and ready for your votes. CityBeat created the CEAs 22 years ago as a way to celebrate the diversity and richness of Greater Cincinnati’s music scene.

This year’s collection of CEA nominees includes numerous first-timers, including, logically, those up for New Artist of the Year honors (Madqueen; The Ape Tones; Rosewood Coast; Blessed Black; CRUNR). Other first-time CEA nominees: the Michelle Robinson Band; Now Hear This; Bla’szé; Freak Mythology; Greer; and Oski Isaiah.

The Artist of the Year, New Artist of the Year and Album of the Year CEAs are critical achievement categories that will be decided by the nominating committee.

Past nominees returning to the CEA ballot with multiple nominations in 2019 include Triiibe, Leggy, Over the Rhine, Electric Citizen and Chuck Cleaver, who has been nominated numerous times over the years with his bands Wussy and The Ass Ponys.

COUNTRY:

Maria Carrelli

Dallas Moore

Jeremy Pinnell

Michelle Robinson Band

Joe’s Truck Stop

PUNK:

Tiger Sex

Leggy

Vacation

The Pistol Mystics

Friday Giants

WORLD/REGGAE:

The Cliftones

Elementree Livity Project

Baoku

Jennifer Simone

Queen City Silver Stars

JAZZ:

Now Hear This

On a Limb

Spherical Agenda

Blue Wisp Big Band

Animal Mother

METAL/HARD ROCK:

Electric Citizen

Black Tractor

Blessed Black

War Curse

Lift the Medium

R&B/FUNK/SOUL:

Leo Pastel

Lauren Eylise

Ernie Johnson From Detroit

Freekbass

Bla’szé

HIP HOP:

Patterns of Chaos

Triiibe

Dayo Gold

Oski Isaiah

AP Counterfeit

BLUES:

Ben Levin

Johnny Fink and the Intrusion

Ralph and the Rhythm Hounds

Dudley Taft

Ricky Nye

BLUEGRASS:

Hickory Robot

Rumpke Mountain Boys

Slippery Creek

Comet Bluegrass Allstars

Chelsea Ford and the Trouble

FOLK/AMERICANA:

Over the Rhine

Wonky Tonk

Buffalo Wabs and the Price Hill Hustle

The Tillers

Young Heirlooms

ALTERNATIVE/INDIE:

Sylmar

Soften

Multimagic

Blossom Hall

Sundae Drives

ROCK:

Frontier Folk Nebraska

Freak Mythology

Brent James and the Vintage Youth

Rosewood Coast

Go Go Buffalo

ELECTRONIC:

Black Signal

Greer

FLOCKS

Moonbeau

Playfully Yours

SINGER/SONGWRITER:

Arlo McKinley

Adalia Powell-Boehne

Brent James

Kim Taylor

Anna Applegate

BEST LIVE ACT:

Triiibe

Sylmar

Go Go Buffalo

Patterns of Chaos

The Tillers

BEST MUSIC VIDEO

Moonbeau – “Hair So Wild” (director Matt Stalf)

Leo Pastel featuring Muwosi – “Woah” (director Annie Noelker)

500 Miles to Memphis – “Hold on Tight” (director Casey Shelton)

Oski Isaiah featuring Aziza Love – “Anytime” (director Dre Shot This & CEOPE$O)

Lift the Medium – “Don’t Need to Fall” (director Threshold Productions)

Maria Carrelli – “Strings on My Guitar” (director Jeffrey Lyon and Jordin Goff)

CRITICAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS (voted on by the CEA committee judges; not on the public ballot)

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR:

Madqueen

The Ape Tones

Rosewood Coast

Blessed Black

ALBUM OF THE YEAR:

Soften – Soften Forever

Chuck Cleaver – Send Aid

Oski Isaiah – Fuck A Job

Maria Carrelli – Strings on My Guitar

ARTIST OF THE YEAR:

Triiibe

Chuck Cleaver

Over the Rhine

Leggy

Electric Citizen

The winners will be announced on Nov. 24 at a ceremony/party at Over-the-Rhine’s Memorial Hall that will feature live performances from some of the nominated artists. Tickets are available now (nominees will be contacted with ticket info soon).

Find out more about the CEAs at cincinnatientertainmentawards.com. The ballot will be open through Nov. 1.

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