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2014 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards Nominations

Nominees for the 17th annual CEAs again demonstrate strength, diversity of local music scene

By Mike Breen · December 11th, 2013 · Music
27430_med2013 CEA winners for Best New Artist, DAAP Girls, are up for a record five CEAs this year

The annual celebration of Greater Cincinnati’s rich music scene, the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards (CEAs), returns for its 17th year on Jan. 26. Honoring the 2013 achievements of area musicians from a wide variety of genres, Covington’s Madison Theater will again host the CEA ceremony/party.  Featuring numerous live performances and first-time host Jac Kern, CityBeat’s arts and culture editor, the CEA event will also dole out awards to the winners of each category, decided mostly by public voting, as well as a committee of dozens of Greater Cincinnati music experts. 

Before the CEAs, CityBeat (which founded and operates the CEAs) will again present a showcase at Corryville club Bogart’s to spotlight new local acts. But, unlike last year, the “Best New Bands” event — scheduled for Jan. 18 — will feature more than just the acts nominated in the New Artist of the Year category. And, while last year’s Bogart’s event involved audience voting to decide the winner of the New Artist category, the showcase this year will not have a voting component. Many felt the process seemed too “battle of the bands”-like. (We don’t totally disagree.)  

In response to the explosion of higher-quality music videos from artists without huge budgets (thanks, increasingly inexpensive technology!), for the first time, the CEAs have a “Best Music Video” category. The 10 clips will be posted online so voters can watch each before making their selection. 

Visit citybeat.com this Friday to begin voting for your favorites. And stay tuned to the CityBeat website for the latest updates. 


Comet Bluegrass All-Stars, Hickory Robot, Kentucky Timbre, Lawson Family Reunion, Ma Crow and the Lady Slippers, Rumpke Mountain Boys


Dallas Moore Band, Sassy Molasses, Tana Matz, Red Beard’s Revenge, Jeremy Pinnell and the 55’s, Honey & Houston


Magnolia Mountain, The Hiders, The Happy Maladies, Ben Knight & the Welldiggers, The Tillers, Shiny and the Spoon

World Music/Reggae

Milton Blake, The Cliftones, Baoku & The Image Afrobeat Band, The Pinstripes, Elementree Livity Project, Azucar Tumbao


Lemon Sky, Ohio Knife, Pop Goes the Evil, Electric Citizen, The Kickaways, The Upset Victory

Metal/Hard Rock

Moonbow, Grey Host, Valley of the Sun, Eyes on Tomorrow, Mary Cries Red, Siren


Molly Sullivan, Austin Livingood, Mark Utley, Kelly Thomas, Margaret Darling, Kim Taylor


Archer’s Paradox, Bad Veins, DAAP Girls, Fists of Love, Why?, The Yugos

Punk/Pop Punk

Subsets, Gazer, Tweens, Vacation, The Dopamines, BoyMeetsWorld


The Whiskey Shambles, Ricky Nye, Kelly Richey Band, The Juice, Scotty Bratcher, Ralph & the Rhythm Hounds


Natural Progression, The Cincy Brass, Jameze Latrail, The Perfect Children, The Almighty Get Down, Black Pharaoh


Animal Mother, Samba Jazz Syndicate, The Qtet, The Faux Frenchmen, fo/mo/deep, Brent Gallaher

Hip Hop

MC Forty, Buggs Tha Rocka, Lantana, Abiyah, Valley High, Trademark Aaron


Black Signal, Dark Colour, ADM, Playfully Yours, Skeleton Hands, Firecat 451 

Best Live Act

The Perfect Children, The Happy Maladies, Foxy Shazam, The Pinstripes, DAAP Girls, Eclipse

Best Music Video 

Black Pharaoh’s “Man I Killed”; DAAP Girls’ “Molly”; Culture Queer’s “Melloncamp”; Lantana’s “Every Cloud In It”; Mia Carruthers’ “Bell and a Basket”; Bad Veins’  “Kindness”; Valley High’s “8 Ball”; The Kickaways’ “Fake Blood”; Trademark Aaron’s “Faith”; Moonbow’s “The End of Time”   

Critical Achievement Awards

Album Of The Year

Over the Rhine’s  Meet Me at the Edge of the World; Allan Pray’s Race: The Portrait of a Town; The Frankl Project’s Standards; Various Artists’ Music for the Mountains 2: A Benefit to Stop Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining; Moonbow’s The End of Time; The Tillers’ Hand on the Plow; DAAP Girls’ Tape Songs; Fists of Love’s I Sang My Heart Out to a Snake Once

New Artist Of the Year

Electric Citizen, Archer’s Paradox, Pop Goes the Evil, Tweens, Mardou, Austin Livingood

Artist Of The Year

The Tillers, Walk the Moon, Kim Taylor, DAAP Girls, Lantana, Mad Anthony 



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