Fifteen years ago, the first Cincinnati
Entertainment Awards ceremony was held at the long-defunct
Over-the-Rhine nightclub Sycamore Gardens. The mission of the CEAs was
intact from the start — spotlight Greater Cincinnati’s original music
scene, engage our readers via public voting for nominees and put
together a fun shindig/ceremony that people will talk about until ... at
least the next year’s event.
On Nov. 21 at Covington's Madison Theater, Cincinnati Entertainment Awards were presented in 19 categories. An even mix of previous CEA victors (Freekbass, Dallas Moore Band, Ricky Nye) and first-time nominees (I Am the Messenger, Mad Anthony, Pop Empire), winners received the trademark CEA "trophy," a groovy hand-painted faux-"Gold Record" plaque.
The nominees for the 14th annual Cincinnati Entertainment Awards for Music are in. Winners in 16 public categories are being chosen through public voting, while three Critical Achievement categories are decided by the CEA nominating committee. The 2010 class of nominations features the usual mix of veteran artists and newer, up-and-coming acts. Awards will be announced Nov. 21 at the Madison Theater.