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November 24th, 2008 By mbreen | Music | Posted In: CEAs

Cincinnati Entertainment Awards 2008: The Winners

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The afterparty is still going on as I write this, but, while we assess what happened last night at the 12th annual Cincinnati Entertainment Awards event at the Emery Theatre — the first sold-out show and quite possibly the best show in CEA history — here's who won what last night.

The enormity of having Bootsy Collins and some legendary James Brown cohorts as well as Ralph Stanley performing at the CEAs hit me when I drove up to the Emery in the afternoon to drop off scripts and the CD with winner's music. When I pulled up to the venue, I was behind Ralph Stanley's tour bus, maneuvering the tight turns of Over-the-Rhine. When I walked into the Emery, Bootsy and his famous colleagues were sound-checking with a mini-set that seemed already perfect.

I was blown away by the bookended performances. This truly represented the history of what would become Rock & Roll. It was almost surreal to watch. We should be so proud of Cincinnati's place in music history.

(Click here for more photos than you can shake a stick at; a visual documentary of the event)

If I can put my feelings into words, I'll write more. In the meantime, here's who won the awards last night:

BEST LIVE ACT
Foxy Shazam

BEST MUSICAL AMBASSADOR
Bootsy Collins

BLUEGRASS
Rumpke Mountain Boys

BLUES
Sonny Moorman Group

COUNTRY
The Turkeys

EXPERIMENTAL/ELECTRONIC
Chick Pimp, Coke Dealer at a Bar

FOLK/AMERICANA
Jake Speed & the Freddies

HARD ROCK/METAL
Foxy Shazam

HIP HOP
Eclipse

INDIE/ALTERNATIVE
The Seedy Seeds

JAZZ
Faux Frenchmen

PUNK/POST PUNK/HARDCORE
Knife the Symphony

R&B/FUNK
Daughters and Sons

ROCK
500 Miles to Memphis

SINGER/SONGWRITER
Kim Taylor

WORLD MUSIC/REGGAE
Super-Massive

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Daniel Martin Moore

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Barkinghaus, The Sundresses

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Seabird

(Photo of Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys by Sean Hughes; click on it to enlarge)

 
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