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Best of the Beat Award Winners:
Complete List

Lifetime Achievement in Music

(category starts in 1997)
1997: Aaron Neville
1998: Tommy Ridgley
1999: Dr. John
2000: Earl King
2001: Pete Fountain
2002: Art Neville
2003: Eddie Bo
2004: Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown
2005: Allen Toussaint / Irma Thomas
2006: Fats Domino
2007: Wardell Quezergue
2008: Theodore Emile “Bo” Dollis / Harold Battiste, Jr.
2009: Deacon John Moore
2010: Dave Bartholomew
2011: George Porter, Jr.
2012: Al “Carnival Time” Johnson, Clarence “Frogman” Henry, Jean Knight, Frankie Ford, Ernie Vincent, Robert Parker, The Dixie Cups
2013: Cyril Neville
2014: Ellis Marsalis

Lifetime Achievement in Music Education
(category starts in 2000)

2000: Kidd Jordan
2001: Ellis Marsalis
2002: Clyde Kerr, Jr.
2003: Alvin Batiste
2004: Mercedes Tucker Stamps
2005: Wanda Rouzan
2006: Harold Battiste
2007: Wilbert Rawlins, Jr.
2008: Donald Harrison / Cherice Harrison-Nelson
2009: Barry Ancelet
2010: Derrick Tabb (Roots of Music)
2011: John Rankin
2012: Jonathan Bloom
2013: Jason Patterson
2014: Roger Dickerson

Lifetime Achievement in Music Business
(category starts in 1999)

1999: Cosimo Matassa
2000: Floyd Soileau
2001: Eddie Schuler
2002: Stan Lewis
2003: Jim Russell
2004: Larry McKinley
2005: George and Nina Buck
2006: Warren Hildebrand
2007: Roy Shaw
2008: Maggie Warwick
2009: Quint Davis
2010: Johnny Palazzotto
2011: Scott Billington
2012: Jimmy Anselmo
2013: Sherman Bernard
2014: Gary Edwards

Heartbeat Award
(category starts in 2001)

2001: Harold Battiste, Jr.
2002: Bethany & Johann Bultman
2003: Sylvester Frances
2004: Albinas Prizgintas
2005: Uncle Lionel
2006: The Musicians’ Hurricane Relief Agencies
2007: Cynthia Simien
2008: Antoinette K-Doe
2009: Threadhead Records
2010: “Treme”
2011: Mary Howell
2012: Big Chief Howard Miller
2013: Dr. Steven Price
2014: Pat Jolly

Artist of the Year

1995: Better Than Ezra
1996: Cowboy Mouth
1997: Astral Project
1998: The Radiators
1999: Kermit Ruffins
2000: Galactic
2001: Kermit Ruffins
2002: Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen
2003: Deacon John
2004: the subdudes
2005: (no award because of Katrina)
2006: Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews
2007: Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews
2008: Irma Thomas
2009: Allen Toussaint
2010: Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews
2011: Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews
2012: Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews
2013: Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews
2014: Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews

Best Overall Performer

1995: Fred LeBlanc
1996: Fred LeBlanc
1997: Kermit Ruffins
1998: Johnny Angel
(category discontinued)

Album of the Year

1995: Better Than Ezra: Deluxe
1996: The Iguanas: Superball
1997: Doc Cheatham & Nicholas Payton: Doc Cheatham & Nicholas Payton
1998: Dr. John: Anutha Zone
1999: Continental Drifters: Vermillion
2000: Dr. John: Duke Elegant
2001: Dr. John: Creole Moon
2002: Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen: Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen
2003: Deacon John: Deacon John’s Jump Blues
2004: Dr. John: N’Awlinz: Dis, Dat or D’Udda
2005: (no award because of Katrina)
2006: Allen Toussaint & Elvis Costello: The River in Reverse
2007: Galactic: From the Corner to the Block
2008: Dr. John: City That Care Forgot
2009: Allen Toussaint: The Bright Mississippi
2010: Trombone Shorty: Backatown
2011: Trombone Shorty: For True
2012: Dr. John: Locked Down
2013: Trombone Shorty: Say That to Say This
2014: Rebirth Brass Band: Move Your Body

Song of the Year

1995: Better Than Ezra: “Good”
1996: Johnny Sansone: “Crescent City Moon”
1997: Lenny McDaniel: “Tired Angels”
1998: Mac Rebennack: “Sweet Home New Orleans”
1999: Tab Benoit: “These Blues are all Mine”
2000: Cyril Neville & Allen Toussaint: “New Orleans Cookin’”
2001: Kermit Ruffins: “Drop me Off in New Orleans”
2002: Kermit Ruffins: “When I Die (You Better Second Line)”
2003: Iguanas: “Sugar Cane”
2004: Aaron, Art, Charles, Cyril & Ivan Neville, Milton Davis: “Brothers”
2005: (no award because of Katrina)
2006-2008: (no award given)
2009: John Boutte and Paul Sanchez: “Hey God”
2010: John Boutte: “Treme Song”
2011: Taylor Guarisco & Tiffany Lamson (The Givers): “Up Up Up”
2012: Anders Osborne: “Louisiana Gold”
2013: Troy Andrews, Michael Bgallard, Peter Murano, Alonzo “Novel” Stevenson, Taura Stinson: “Fire and Brimstone”
2014: Alynda Lee Segarra (Hurray for the Riff Raff): “The Body Electric”

Songwriter of the Year
(category starts in 2003)

2003: Anders Osborne
2004: Anders Osborne
2005: (no award because of Katrina)
2006-2008: (no award given)
2009: Paul Sanchez
2010: Dr. John
2011: Tab Benoit
2012: Anders Osborne
2013: Anders Osborne
2014: Paul Sanchez

Sideman of the Year
(category stars in 2001)

2001: Charlie Miller
2002: Eric Traub
2003: Freddy Lonzo / Smokey Johnson
2004: Peter “Chuck” Badie
(category discontinued)

Living Legend
(category starts in 2001)

2001: Dave Bartholomew
2002: Clarence “Frogman” Henry
2003: Wardell Querzergue / Wallace Davenport
2004: Frankie Ford
(category discontinued)

Best Blues Band or Performer

1995: Walter “Wolfman” Washington
1996: Jumpin’ Johnny
1997: Corey Harris
1998: John Mooney
1999: Tab Benoit
2000: Walter “Wolfman” Washington & the Roadmasters
2001: Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown
2002: Tab Benoit
2003: Tab Benoit
2004: Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown
2005: (no award because of Katrina)
2006: Walter “Wolfman” Washington & the Roadmasters
2007: Mem Shannon & the Membership
2008: Irma Thomas
2009: Tab Benoit
2010: Dr. John
2011: Tab Benoit
2012: Tab Benoit
2013: Cyril Neville
2014: Tab Benoit

Best Blues Album

1995: Mem Shannon: A Cab Driver’s Blues
1996: Jumpin’ Johnny: Crescent City Moon
1997: Corey Harris: Fish Ain’t Bitin’
1998: Coco Robicheaux: Louisiana Medicine Man
1999: Tab Benoit: These Blues are all Mine
2000: Walter “Wolfman” Washington: On the Prowl
2001: Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown: Back to Bogalusa
2002: Tab Benoit: Wetlands
2003: Sonny Landreth: The Road We’re On
2004: Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown: Timeless
2005: (no award because of Katrina)
2006: Tab Benoit: Brother to the Blues
2007: Andy J. Forest: Real Stories of Love, Labor and Other Man-Made Catastrophes
2008: Irma Thomas: Simply Grand
2009: Honey Island Swamp Band: Wishing Well
2010: Dr. John: Tribal
2011: Tab Benoit: Medicine
2012: Sonny Landreth: Elemental Journey
2013: Cyril Neville: Magic Honey
2014: Bobby Rush with Blinddog Smokin’: Decisions

Best Emerging Blues Band or Performer

1995: Corey Harris
1996: Chris Thomas King
1997: Chris Thomas King
1998: Kipori “Baby Wolf” Woods
1999: Kipori “Baby Wolf” Woods
2000: Melissa Sigler
2001: Michael Juan Nunez
2002: Big Daddy ‘O’
2003: Eric Lindell
2004: Washboard Chaz Blues Trio
(category discontinued)

Best Club to Hear Blues

1995: House of Blues
1996: House of Blues
1997: House of Blues
1998: Maple Leaf
1999: House of Blues
(category discontinued, see Best Club)

Best Blues Vocalist

1995: Johnny Adams
1996: TIE: Marva Wright / Corey Harris
(category discontinued, See Best Vocalist)

Best Blues Guitarist

1995: Snooks Eaglin
1996: Snooks Eaglin
(category discontinued, See Best Guitar)

Best Blues Harmonica

1995: Rockin’ Jake
1996: Jumpin’ Johnny Sansone
(category discontinued, See Best Harmonica)

Best Funk Band or Performer

1995: funky Meters
1996: funky Meters
1997: Galactic
1998: funky Meters
1999: funky Meters
(category discontinued, see Best R&B/Funk Band or Performer)

Best Funk Album

(category starts in 1996)
1996: Galactic: Coolin’ Off
1997: All That: Eponymous Debut
1998: Walter “Wolfman” Washington: Funk is in the House
1999: Jon Cleary: Moonburn
(category discontinued, see Best R&B/Funk Band or Performer)

Best Emerging Funk Band or Performer

1995: TIE: All That / Galactic
1996: All That
1997: New World Funk Ensemble
1998: Iris May Tango
1999: All That
(category discontinued, see Best R&B/Funk Band or Performer)

Best Club to Hear R&B

1996: House of Blues
(category discontinued, see Best Club)

Best Club to Hear Funk
(category starts in 1997, see Funk/R&B/Soul)

1997: Tipitina’s
1998: Tipitina’s
1999: Tipitina’s
(category discontinued, see Best Club)

Best R&B/Soul Band or Performer
(category starts in 1997, see Funk/R&B/Soul)

1997: Walter “Wolfman” Washington
1998: Walter “Wolfman” Washington
1999: The Neville Brothers
(category discontinued, see Best R&B/Funk Band or Performer)

Best R&B/Soul Album

1995: Tommy Ridgley: Since the Blues Began
1996: (no award)
1997: Dr. John: Trippin’ Live
1998: Johnny Adams: Man of My World
1999: Jon Cleary: Moonburn
(category discontinued, see Best R&B/Funk Band or Performer)

Best Emerging R&B/Soul Band or Performer
(category starts in 1997, see Funk/R&B/Soul)

1997: The Davell Crawford Singers
1998: Amy and the Hank Sinatras
1999: Soul Remedy
(category discontinued, see Best R&B/Funk Band or Performer)

Best R&B/Soul Vocalist

1995: Johnny Adams
1996: TIE: Aaron Neville / Johnny Adams
(category discontinued, see Best Vocalist)

Best Club to Hear R&B/Soul

1995: Tipitina’s
1996: (no award)
1997: Tipitina’s
1998: Tipitina’s
1999: House of Blues
(category discontinued, see Best Club)

Best New Orleans Style R&B Band or Performer

1995: George Porter, Jr. & the Running Pardners
1996: George Porter, Jr. & the Running Pardners
(category discontinued, see R&B/Funk/Soul)

Best Urban Contemporary R&B Band or Performer

1995: Walter “Wolfman” Washington
1996: Elate
(category discontinued, see R&B/Funk/Soul)

Best R&B/Funk Band or Performer

(category starts in 2000, see R&B/Soul and Funk)

2000: Galactic
2001: Dr. John
2002: Papa Grows Funk
2003: Deacon John
2004: Papa Grows Funk
2005: (no award because of Katrina)
2006: Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk
2007: Trombone Shorty and Orleans Ave.
2008: Trombone Shorty and Orleans Ave.
2009: Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk
2010: Trombone Shorty and Orleans Ave.
2011: Trombone Shorty and Orleans Ave.
2012: Trombone Shorty and Orleans Ave.
2013: Trombone Shorty and Orleans Ave.
2014: Dumpstaphunk

Best R&B/Funk Album
(category starts in 2000, see R&B/Soul and Funk)

2000: Dr. John: Duke Elegant
2001: Dr. John: Creole Moon
2002: Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen: Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen
2003: Fats Domino: Live at the Jazz & Heritage Festival
2004: Dr. John: N’Awlinz: Dis, Dat or D’udda
2005: (no award because of Katrina)
2006: Allen Toussaint & Elvis Costello: The River in Reverse
2007: Various Artists: Goin’ Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino
2008: Dr. John: City That Care Forgot
2009: Joe Krown, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Russell Batiste, Jr.: Live at the Maple Leaf
2010: Trombone Shorty: Backatown
2011: Trombone Shorty: For True
2012: Galactic: Carnivale Electricos
2013: Trombone Shorty: Say That to Say This
2014: Dr. John: Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch

Best Emerging R&B/Funk Band or Performer
(category starts in 2000, see R&B/Soul and Funk)

2000: Juice
2001: Papa Grows Funk
2002: Brotherhood of Groove
2003: Eric Lindell
2004: Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes
(category discontinued)

Best Rock Band or Performer

1995: Cowboy Mouth
1996: Cowboy Mouth
1997: Royal Fingerbowl
1998: Tiny Town
1999: Mulebone
2000: Continental Drifters
2001: Cowboy Mouth
2002: Cowboy Mouth
2003: Better Than Ezra
2004: Theresa Andersson
2005: (no award because of Katrina)
2006: Better Than Ezra
2007: Morning 40 Federation
2008: Theresa Andersson
2009: Theresa Andersson
2010: Happy Talk Band
2011: Givers
2012: The Revivalists
2013: Anders Osborne
2014: Big Sam’s Funky Nation

Best Rock Album

1995: Better Than Ezra: Deluxe
1996: Cowboy Mouth: Are You With Me?
1997: Royal Fingerbowl: Happy Birthday, Sabo!
1998: Cowboy Mouth: Mercyland
1999: Mulebone: 5 Shakes, 7 Spirits
2000: Cowboy Mouth: Easy
2001: Better Than Ezra: Closer
2002: Dash: Sonic Boom
2003: Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes: Bandicoot
2004: Theresa Andersson: Shine
2005: (no award because of Katrina)
2006: Cowboy Mouth: Voodoo Shoppe
2007: Quintron and Miss Pussycat: Jamskate
2008: Theresa Andersson: Hummingbird, Go!
2009: Better Than Ezra: Paper Empire
2010: Rotary Downs: Cracked Maps & Blue Reports
2011: Givers: In Light
2012: The Revivalists: City of Sound
2013: Anders Osborne: Peace
2014: Big Sam’s Funky Nation: Evolution

Best Emerging Rock Band or Performer

1995: TIE: The Boondoggles / Thousand $ Car
1996: Royal Fingerbowl
1997: Tiny Town
1998: Mulebone
1999: Joy Buzzer
2000: Morning 40 Federation
2001: Ricki Comeaux
2002: Hazard County Girls
2003: Doctor A Go-Go
2004: Big Blue Marble
(category discontinued)

Best Rock Vocalist

1995: TIE: Susan Cowsill / Barbara Menendez
1996: Fred LeBlanc
(category discontinued, see Best Vocalist)

Best Rock Guitarist

1995: TIE: Anders Osborne / Cranston Clements
1996: Cranston Clements
(category discontinued, see Best Guitar)

Best Rock Bassist

1995: Dave Clements
1996: Dave Clements
(category discontinued, see Best Bass)

Best Rock Drummer

1995: Fred LeBlanc
1996: Fred LeBlanc
(category discontinued, see Best Drummer)

Best Club to Hear Rock

1995: Howlin’ Wolf
1996: Howlin’ Wolf
1997: Howlin’ Wolf
1998: Howlin’ Wolf
1999: Howlin’ Wolf
(category discontinued, see Best Club)

Best Roots Rock Band or Performer

1995: Anders Osborne
1996: Anders Osborne
1997-2000: (see Best Country/Folk category)
2001: The Radiators
2002: The Radiators
2003: The Iguanas
2004: the subdudes
2005: (no award because of Katrina)
2006-2009: (see Best Country/Folk/Roots Rock category)
2010: Honey Island Swamp Band
2011: Anders Osborne
2012: Dr. John
2013: Honey Island Swamp Band
2014: Honey Island Swamp Band

Best Roots Rock Album
(category starts in 2001)

2001: Anders Osborne: Ash Wednesday Blues
2002: Anders Osborne & Monk Boudreaux: Bury the Hatchet
2003: The Iguanas: Plastic Silver 9 Volt Heart
2004: the subdudes: Miracle Mule
2005: (no award because of Katrina)
2006-2009: (see Best Country/Folk/Roots Rock category)
2010: Anders Osborne: American Patchwork
2011: Creole String Beans: Shrimp Boots and Vintage Suits
2012: Dr. John: Locked Down
2013: Honey Island Swamp Band: Cane Sugar
2014: The Iguanas: Juarez

Best Emerging Roots Rock Band or Performer
(category starts in 2001)

2001: Joe Stark
2002: Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes
2003: Marc Broussard
2004: Chris Mule
(category discontinued)

Best Progressive Rock Band or Performer

1995: Evil Nurse Sheila!
1996: Of Human Bondage
(category discontinued)

Best Rap/Hip-Hop Band or Performer

1995: Mystikal
1996: Mystikal
1997: Master P
1998: Master P
1999: Coolbone
2000: Mystikal
2001: Mystikal
2002: Mystikal
2003: Big Tymers
2004: Mystikal
2005: (no award because of Katrina)
2006: Lil Wayne
2007: Truth Universal
2008: Lil Wayne
2009: Juvenile
2010: Big Freedia
2011: Big Freedia
2012: Dee-1
2013: Jealous Monk
2014: Derrick Freeman

Best Rap/Hip-Hop Album/Mixtape

1995: Mystikal: The Mind of Mystikal
1996: Mystikal: Mystikal
1997: Master P: Ghetto D
1998: Master P: MP Da Last Don
1999: Juvenile: 400 Degreez
2000: Mytikal: Let’s Get Ready
2001: Juvenile: Project English
2002: Big Tymers: Hood Rich
2003: Big Tymers: Big Money Heavyweight
2004: Various Artists: The Humid Sounds of Media Darling Records
2005: (no award because of Katrina)
2006-2007: (no award given)
2008: Lil Wayne: The Carter III
2009: Lil Wayne: No Ceilings (Mixtape)
2010: Juvenile: Beast Mode
2011: Curren$y: Weekend at Burnie’s
2012: Dee-1: The Focus Tape
2013: Soul Rebels Brass Band: Power = Power
2014: Derrick Freeman: DWB

Best Bounce Artist
(category starts in 2012)

2012: Big Freedia
2013: Big Freedia
2014: Big Freedia

Best Emerging Rap/Hip-Hop Band or Performer
(category starts in 1997)

1997: Coolbone
1998: Juvenile
1999: Hot Boys
2000: Katey Red
2001: Lil Romeo
2002: CAC
2003: Ballzack
2004: DJ Lady Fingaz
(category discontinued)

Best Rap/Hip-Hop DJ

1995: TIE: DJ Rico / Wild Wayne
1996: DJ Phit Kit
(category discontinued, see Best DJ)

Best Club to Hear Rap/Hip-Hop

1995: Café Istanbul
1996: Club Whispers
1997: House of Blues
1998: House of Blues
1999: House of Blues
(category discontinued, see Best Club)

Best Traditional Jazz Band or Performer

1995: Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers
1996: Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers
1997: Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers
1998: Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers
1999: Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers
2000: Preservation Hall Jazz Band
2001: Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers
2002: Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers
2003: Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers
2004: Kermit Ruffins & the Barbeque Swingers
2005: (no award because of Katrina)
2006: Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers
2007: Preservation Hall Jazz Band
2008: Preservation Hall Jazz Band
2009: Kermit Ruffins
2010: Kermit Ruffins
2011: Preservation Hall Jazz Band
2012: Kermit Ruffins
2013: Kermit Ruffins
2014: Meschiya Lake & the Little Big Horns

Best Traditional Jazz Album
(category starts in 1996)

1996: New Orleans Nightcrawlers: New Orleans Nightcrawlers
1997: Doc Cheatham & Nicholas Payton: Doc Cheatham & Nicholas Payton
1998: James Andrews: Satchmo fo the Ghetto
1999: Kermit Ruffins: Swing This
2000: Bob French Original Tuxedo Jazz Band and Friends: Livin’ the Legacy
2001: Kermit Ruffins: 1533 St. Philip Street
2002: Kermit Ruffins: Big Easy
2003: Tim Laughlin: The Isle of Orleans
2004: New Orleans Jazz Vipers: Live on Frenchmen Street
2005: (no award because of Katrina)
2006: New Orleans Jazz Vipers: Hope You’re Comin’ Back
2007: Tom McDermott: Live in Paris
2008: John Boutte: Good Neighbor
2009: Allen Toussaint: The Bright Mississippi
2010: Kermit Ruffins: Happy Talk
2011: New Orleans Moonshiners: Frenchmen St. Parade
2012: Preservation Hall Jazz Band: St. Peter & 57th St
2013: Kermit Ruffins: We Partyin’ Traditional Style
2014: Tuby Skinny: Owl Call Blues

Best Emerging Traditional Jazz Band or Performer
(category starts in 1997)

1997: Don Vappie & the Creole Serenaders
1998: James Andrews
1999: Egg Yolk Jubilee
2000: Port of New Orleans Jazz Band
2001: Jazz Vipers
2002: Troy Andrews
2003: Jazz Vipers
2004: Troy Andrews
(category discontinued)

Best Club to Hear Traditional Jazz

1995: Palm Court
1996: Preservation Hall
1997: Palm Court
1998: Palm Court
1999: Preservation Hall
(category discontinued, see Best Club)

Best Contemporary Jazz Band or Performer

1995: Astral Project
1996: Astral Project
1997: Astral Project
1998: Astral Project
1999: Los Hombres Calientes
2000: Los Hombres Calientes
2001: Astral Project
2002: Astral Project
2003: Los Hombres Calientes
2004: Los Hombres Calientes
2005: (no award because of Katrina)
2006: Troy Andrews
2007: Christian Scott
2008: Terence Blanchard
2009: Terence Blanchard
2010: Irvin Mayfield
2011: Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra
2012: Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra
2013: Terence Blanchard
2014: Stanton Moore

Best Contemporary Jazz Album

1995: Johnny Vidacovich: Mystery Street
1996: Johnny Vidacovich: Banks Street
1997: Astral Project: Elevado
1998: Los Hombres Calientes: Los Hombres Calientes
1999: Los Hombres Calientes: Volume 2
2000: Branford Marsalis: Contemporary Jazz
2001: Harry Connick, Jr.: 30
2002: Astral Project: Big Shot
2003: Harry Connick, Jr.: Other Hours: Connick on Piano, Volume 1
2004: Ellis Marsalis: On The First Occasion
2005: (no award because of Katrina)
2006: Branford Marsalis: Braggtown
2007: Christian Scott: Anthem
2008: Ellis Marsalis Quartet: An Open Letter to Thelonious
2009: Terence Blanchard: Choices
2010: Cindy Scott: Let the Devil Take Tomorrow
2011: Irvin Mayfield: A Love Letter to New Orleans
2012: Doug Belote: Magazine St
2013: Jason Marsalis: In a World of Mallets
2014: Ellis Marsalis: On The Second Occasion

Best Emerging Contemporary Jazz Band or Performer

1995: Jeremy Davenport
1996: Irvin Mayfield
1997: 3 Now 3
1998: Los Hombres Calientes
1999: Quintology
2000: Jonathan Freilich’s Naked on the Floor Quintet
2001: The Naked Orchestra
2002: Aaron Fletcher
2003: (No award given)
2004: Troy Andrews
2005: Maurice Brown
(category discontinued)

Best Contemporary Jazz Vocalist

1995: Phillip Manuel
1996: Germaine Bazzle
(category discontinued, see Best Vocalist)

Best Contemporary Jazz Trumpet Player

1995: Kermit Ruffins
1996: TIE: Kermit Ruffins / Nicholas Payton
(category discontinued, see Best Trumpet)

Best Contemporary Jazz Saxophone Player

1995: Tony Dagradi
1996: Wessell Anderson
(category discontinued, see Best Saxophone)

Best Contemporary Jazz Guitar Player

1995: Steve Masakowski
1996: Steve Masakowski
(category discontinued, See Best Guitar)

Best Contemporary Jazz Bass Player

1995: James Singleton
1996: James Singleton
(category discontinued, See Best Bass)

Best Contemporary Jazz Piano Player

1995: David Torkanowsky
1996: Henry Butler
(category discontinued, See Best Piano)

Best Contemporary Jazz Strings Player

1995: Michael Ward
1996: Michael Ward
(category discontinued)

Best Contemporary Jazz Drummer

1995: Johnny Vidacovich
1996: Johnny Vidacovich
(category discontinued, See Best Drummer)

Best Club to Hear Contemporary Jazz

1995: Snug Harbor
1996: Snug Harbor
1997: Snug Harbor
1998: Snug Harbor
1999: Snug Harbor
(category discontinued, see Best Club)

Best Traditional Brass Band

1995: Treme Brass Band
1996: Olympia Brass Band
(category discontinued, See Best Brass Band)

Best Traditional Brass Band Album

1995: Treme Brass Band: Gimme My Money Back
(category discontinued, See Best Brass Band Album)

Best Contemporary Brass Band

1995: Rebirth Brass Band
1996: Treme Brass Band
(category discontinued, See Best Brass Band)

Best Emerging Contemporary Brass Band

1995: Soul Rebels
1996: New Birth Brass Band
(category discontinued, See Best Brass Band Album)

Most Promising Newcomer Jazz Band
(category began in 1996)

1996: Coolbone
(category discontinued, see Best Brass Band)

Best Brass Band
(category starts in 1997, see Traditional and Contemporary Brass Band)

1997: Rebirth Brass Band
1998: Rebirth Brass Band
1999: Rebirth Brass Band
2000: Rebirth Brass Band
2001: Rebirth Brass Band
2002: Dirty Dozen Brass Band
2003: Rebirth Brass Band
2004: Dirty Dozen Brass Band
2005: (no award because of Katrina)
2006: Rebirth Brass Band
2007: Rebirth Brass Band
2008: Rebirth Brass Band
2009: Rebirth Brass Band
2010: Rebirth Brass Band
2011: Rebirth Brass Band
2012: Rebirth Brass Band
2013: Rebirth Brass Band
2014: Rebirth Brass Band

Best Brass Band Album
(category starts in 1997)

1997: Night Crawlers Brass Band: Funknicity
1998: Soul Rebels: No More Parades
1999: Rebirth Brass Band: Live at the Maple Leaf
2000: New Orleans Nightcrawlers: Live at the Old Point
2001: Rebirth Brass Band: Hot Venom
2002: Dirty Dozen Brass Band: Medicated Magic
2003: Coolbone: Brothers in Swing, Volume 1
2004: Dirty Dozen Brass Band: Funeral for a Friend
2005: (no award because of Katrina)
2006: Dirty Dozen Brass Band: What’s Going On
2007-2010: (no award given)
2011: Rebirth Brass Band: Rebirth of New Orleans
2012: The Soul Rebels: Unlock Your Mind
2013: Brass-A-Holics: I am a Brass-A-Holic
2014: Rebirth Brass Band: Move Your Body

Best Emerging Brass Band or Performer
(category starts in 1997)

1997: Coolbone
1998: Hot 8 Brass Band
1999: Michael Foster Project
2000: Forgotten Souls Brass Band
2001: Potholes Brass Band
2002: Potholes Brass Band
2003: Big Sam’s Funky Nation
(category discontinued)

Best Club to Hear Brass Bands
(category starts in 1997)

1997: Donna’s
1998: Donna’s
1999: Donna’s
(category discontinued, see Best Club)

Best Cajun Band or Performer

1995: BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet
1996: Bruce Daigrepont
1997: BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet
1998: BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet
1999: BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet
2000: BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet
2001: BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet
2002: BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet
2003: Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys
2004: BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet
2005: (no award because of Katrina)
2006: BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet
2007: BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet
2008: BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet
2009: BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet
2010: BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet
2011: Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys
2012: Lost Bayou Ramblers
2013: Lost Bayou Ramblers
2014: Lost Bayou Ramblers

Best Cajun Album

1995: Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys: La Toussinat
1996: Gina Forsyth & Waylon Thibodeaux: Dans La Louisianne
1997: BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet: L’Amour ou la Folie?
1998: Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys: Bayou Ruler
1999: Bruce Daigrepont: Paradis
2000: Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band: Sam’s Big Rooster
2001: BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet: Looking Back Tomorrow: BeauSoleil Live!
2002: Ann Savoy & Other Artists: Evangeline Made: A Tribute to Cajun Music
2003: Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys: Bon Rêve
2004: Amanda Shaw: I’m not a Bubble Gum Pop Princess
2005: (no award because of Katrina)
2006: BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet: Live in Louisiana
2007: Various Artists: Allons Boire un Coup: A Collection of Cajun & Creole Drinking Songs
2008: Michael Doucet: From Now On
2009: BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet: Alligator Purse
2010: Pine Leaf Boys: Back Home
2011: Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys: Grand Isle
2012: Lost Bayou Ramblers: Mammoth Waltz
2013: BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet: From Bamako to Carencro
2014: Lost Bayou Ramblers: Gasa Gasa Live

Best Emerging Cajun Band or Performer
(category starts in 1997)

1997: Hunter Hayes
1998: Papillion
1999: Le Bon Vie
2000: Kenneth Thibodeaux and the Cajun Dance Band
2001: Feufollet
2002: The Red Stick Ramblers
2003: Amanda Shaw
2004: Savoy Michot Cajun Band
(category discontinued)

Best Club to Hear Cajun

1996: Mulates
1996: Tipitina’s
1997: Tipitina’s
1998: Tipitina’s
1999: Mulate’s
(category discontinued, see Best Club)

Best Place to Cajun Dance

1995: Tipitina’s
1996: Tipitina’s
(category discontinued)

Best Zydeco Band or Performer

1995: Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr. and the Zydeco Twisters
1996: Rosie Ledet
1997: Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr. and the Zydeco Twisters
1998: Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr. and the Zydeco Twisters
1999: Beau Jocque
2000: Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr. and the Zydeco Twisters
2001: Buckwheat Zydeco
2002: Nathan & the Zydeco Cha-Chas
2003: Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr. and the Zydeco Twisters
2004: Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr. and the Zydeco Twisters
2005: (no award because of Katrina)
2006: Nathan & the Zydeco Cha-Chas
2007: Chris Ardoin and NuStep
2008: Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience
2009: Terrance Simien
2010: Buckwheat Zydeco
2011: Geno Delafose
2012: Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers
2013: Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience
2014: Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers

Best Zydeco Album

1995: Beau Jocque: Get it, Beau Jocque!
1996: Beau Jocque: Gonna Take You Down
1997: Sunpie Barnes: Lick a Hot Skillet
1998: Chris Ardoin and Double Clutchin’: Turn the Page
1999: Beau Jocque: Zydeco Giant
2000: Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr. and the Zydeco Twisters: Zydeco Man
2001: Boozoo Chavis: Down Home on Dog Hill
2002: Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr.: Rockin’ Zydeco Party
2003: Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie: Everybody’s Dancing
2004: Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr.: I Got My Mojo Working
2005: (no award because of Katrina)
2006: Nathan & the Zydeco Cha-Chas: Hang it High, Hang it Low
2007: Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble: Nothin’ Fells Like This
2008: Jeffery Broussard and the Creole Cowboys: Keep the Tradition Alive!
2009: Wayne Toups: Live 2009
2010: Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band: Zydeco Junkie
2011: C.J. Chenier: Can’t Sit Down
2012: Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers: Been Good To You
2013: Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience: Dockside Sessions
2014: Chubby Carrier: Back to My Roots

Best Emerging Zydeco Band or Performer

1995: Rosie Ledet
1996: Rosie Ledet
1997: Chris Ardoin & Double Clutchin
1998: Brad Randell and the Zydeco High Ballers
1999: Dwayne Dopsie
2000: Dwayne Dopsie
2001: Sean Ardoin & ZydeKool
2002: Li’l Nathan & the Big Tymers
2003: Li’l Nathan & the Big Tymers
2004: no award given
2005: Dexter Ardoin & the Creole Ramblers
(category discontinued)

Best Zydeco Vocalist

1995: Rosie Ledet
1996: Rosie Ledet
(category discontinued)

Best Club to Hear Zydeco

1996: Mid-City Lanes Rock ’n’ Bowl
1996: Mid-City Lanes Rock ’n’ Bowl
1997: Mid-City Lanes Rock ’n’ Bowl
1998: Mid-City Lanes Rock ’n’ Bowl
1999: Mid-City Lanes Rock ’n’ Bowl
(category discontinued, see Best Club)

Best Country Artist or Band

1995: Swingin’ Haymakers
1996: Kim Carson & the Casualties
(category discontinued, see Country/Folk)

Best Club to Hear County Music

1995: Neutral Ground
1996: Piney Woods Opry
(category discontinued, see Country/Folk)

Best Folk Artist or Band

1995: Mike West
1996: Mike West
(category discontinued, see Country/Folk)

Best Folk Album

1995: Swingin’ Haymakers: Live at the Neutral Ground
1996: Mike West: Redneck Riviera
(category discontinued, see Country/Folk)

Best Club to Hear Folk Music

1995: Neutral Ground
1996: Neutral Ground
(category discontinued, see Best Club)

Best Singer/Songwriter Artist

1995: Gina Forsyth
1996: Gina Forsyth
(category discontinued, see Country/Folk)

Best Country/Folk Artist
(category starts in 1997)

1997: Mike West
1998: Kim Carson
1999: Kim Carson
2000: Kim Carson
2001: Kim Carson
2002: Kim Carson
2003: Kim Carson
2004: Kim Carson
2005: (no award because of Katrina)
2006-2009: (see Best Country/Folk/Roots Rock Performer)
2010: Gal Holiday & Her Honky Tonky Revue
2011: Yvette Landry
(category discontinued, see Country / Folk / Singer-Songwriter)

Best Country/Folk Album
(category starts in 1997)

1997: Mike West: Econoline
1998: Kim Carson: Tonkabilly
1999: Beth Patterson: Hybird Vigor
2000: Sam Broussard: Geeks
2001: Kim Carson: Calle de Orleans
2002: Mike West: New South
2003: David Egan: Twenty Years of Trouble
2004: Kim Carson and the Casualties: Live at Tipitina’s
2005: (no award because of Katrina)
2006-2009: (see Best Country/Folk/Roots Rock Album)
2010: Gal Holiday & Her Honky Tonk Revue: Set Two
2011: Yvette Landry: Should Have Known
(category discontinued, see Country / Folk / Singer-Songwriter)

Best Country/Folk/Singer-Songwriter Artist
(category starts in 2012)

2012: Hunter Hayes
2013: Hurray for the Riff Raff
2014: Hurray for the Riff Raff

Best Country/Folk/Singer-Songwriter Album
(category starts in 2012)

2012: Hurray for the Riff Raff: Look Out Mama
2013: Hurray for the Riff Raff: My Dearest Darkest Neighbor
2014: Hurray for the Riff Raff: Small Town Heroes

Best Emerging Country/Folk Artist
(category starts in 1997)

1997: TIE: Kyle Hicks / Troubadours of Divine Bliss
1998: Hunter Logan and the Talegators
1999: Beth Patterson
2000: Sam Broussard
2001: The Ploughboys
2002: The Stump Knockers
2003: Lynn Drury
2004: Country Fried
(category discontinued)

Best Club to Hear Country/Folk Music
(category starts in 1997)

1997: Neutral Ground
1998: Neutral Ground
1999: Carrollton Station
(category discontinued, see Best Club)

Best County/Folk/Roots Rock Performer
(category starts in 2005)

2005: (no award because of Katrina)
2006: Theresa Andersson
2007: Susan Cowsill
2008: The Iguanas
2009: The Iguanas
2010: (category discontinued, see Best Country/Folk Performer and Best Roots Rock Performer)

Best County/Folk/Roots Rock Album
(category starts in 2005)

2005: (no award because of Katrina)
2006: Ann Savoy and Linda Ronstadt (the ZoZo Sisters): Adieu False Heart
2007: Johnny Sansone: Poor Man’s Paradise
2008: The Iguanas: If You Should Ever Fall on Hard Times
2009: Paul Sanchez and John Boutte: Stew Called New Orleans
2010: (category discontinued, see Best Country/Folk Album and Best Roots Rock Album)

Best Singer-Songwriter
(category starts in 2011)

2011: Andrew Duhon

Best Gospel Group

1995: Zion Harmonizers
1996: Zion Harmonizers
1997: Zion Harmonizers
1998: Raymond Myles
1999: Zion Harmonizers
2000: Aaron Neville
2001: Mahalia Jackson Choir
2002: Zion Harmonizers
2003: Zion Harmonizers
2004: Zion Harmonizers
2005: (no award because of Katrina)
2006: Zion Harmonizers
2007: Franklin Avenue Baptist Church Mass Choir
2008: Zion Harmonizers
2009: (no award given)
2010: McDonogh 35 High School Gospel Choir
2011: (no award given)
2012: (no award given)
2013: Franklin Avenue Baptist Church Choir
2014: McDonogh 35 High School Gospel Choir

Best Gospel Album
(category starts in 1997)

1997: Zion Harmonizers: God Promised Me
1998: Soulful Heavenly Stars: Say Amen
1999: Soulful Heavenly Stars: Who Are We
2000: Aaron Neville: Devotion
2001: One-A-Chord: Shout Hallelujah
2002: Stephen Alfred: For Such a Time As This…
2003: Aaron Neville: Believe
(category discontinued)

Best Emerging Gospel Group
(category starts in 1997)

1997: TIE: Mike & Moni / Heralds of Love
1998: Touch of Heaven
1999: Lyle Henderson
(category discontinued)

Best Gospel Vocalist

1995: Jo “Cool” Davis
1996: Jo “Cool” Davis
(category discontinued)

Best Gospel Choir

1995: TIE: Gospel Soul Children / Greater St. Stephen’s Choir
1996: Gospel Soul Children
(category discontinued)

Best Club to Hear Gospel

1995: TIE: House of Blues / Church
1996: Praline Connection
1997: House of Blues
1998: House of Blues
1999: House of Blues
(category discontinued, see Best Club)

Best Latin Music Performer

1995: Los Babies del Merengue
1996: Mas Mamones
1997: Mas Mamones
1998: Fredy Omar con su Banda
1999: Los Hombres Calientes
2000: Los Hombres Calientes
2001: Los Hombres Calientes
2002: Fredy Omar con su Banda
(category discontinued, see Latin/World)

Best Latin Music Album

1995: Los Babies del Merengue: Ay Que Vacilon
1996: (no award)
1997: Acoustic Swiftness: Molino
1998: Mas Mamones: Aguacero y Parranda
1999: Los Hombres Calientes: Volume 2
2000: John Boutte & Cubanismo featuring the Yockamo AllStars: Mardi Gras Mambo
2001: Los Hombres Calientes: New Congo Square: Volume 3
2002: Los Tres Amigos: Moon and Sand
(category discontinued, see Latin/World)

Best Emerging Latin Music Performer
(category starts in 1997, see Latin/World)

1997: Fredy Omar
1998: Los Hombres Calientes
1999: Los Calientes del Son
2000: Los Vecinos
2001: (no award given)
2002: Otra
(category discontinued, see Latin/World)

Best Club to Hear Latin Music

1995: Café Brasil
1996: Café Brasil
1997: Café Brasil
1998: Café Brasil
1999: Café Brasil
(category discontinued, see Best Club)

Best World Music Performer

1995: Shepherd Band
1996: Cool Riddims and Sista Teedy
1997: Cool Riddims and Sista Teedy
1998: Cool Riddims and Sista Teedy
1999: New Orleans Klezmer AllStars
2000: New Orleans Klezmer AllStars
2001: New Orleans Klezmer AllStars
2002: New Orleans Klezmer AllStars
(category discontinued, see Latin/World)

Best World Music Album
(category starts in 1996)

1996: Bamboula 2000: Cultural Warriors
1997: New Orleans Klezmer AllStars: The Big Kibosh
1998: Cool Riddims and Sista Teedy: Pledge to my People
1999: New Orleans Klezmer AllStars: Fresh Out of the Past
2000: Casa Samba: Afro-Brazilian Fantasy
2001: Sunpie: Sunpie
(category discontinued, see Latin/World)

Best Emerging World Music Performer
(category starts in 1997, see Latin/World)

1997: The Revelers
1998: The Revelers
1999: Milonga Tango
2000: (no award given)
2001: 007
2002: Higher Heights
(category discontinued, see Latin/World)

Best Club to Hear World Music

1995: Café Brasil
1996: Café Brasil
1997: Café Brasil
1998: Café Brasil
1999: Café Brasil
(category discontinued, see Best Club)

Best Latin/World Music Performer
(category starts in 2003)

2003: New Orleans Klezmer AllStars
2004: Fredy Omar con su Banda
2005: (no award because of Katrina)
2006: Fredy Omar con su Banda
2007: Vivaz
(category discontinued)

Best Latin/World Album
(category starts in 2003)

2003: New Orleans Klezmer AllStars: Borvis
2004: Otra: Todo Pa’La Gente
(category discontinued)

Best Emerging Latin/World Performer
(category starts in 2002)

2002: Otra
2003: (no award given)
2004: Creole Classique Ensemble
(category discontinued)

Best Band or Performer Only in New Orleans
(category starts in 2001)

2001: Henry Butler
2002: Wild Magnolias
2003: Wild Magnolias
2004: Bonerama
(category discontinued)

Best Album Only in New Orleans
(category starts in 2001)

2001: Bonerama: Live at the Old Point Bar
2002: Anders Osborne & Monk Boudreaux: Bury the Hatchet
2003: Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles: Mr. Stranger Man
2004: Bonerama: Live from New York
(category discontinued)

Best Cover Band

1995: Benny Grunch & the Bunch
1996: Top Cats
1997: Top Cats
1998: Top Cats
1999: Top Cats
2000: Bag O’ Donuts
2001: Bag O’ Donuts
2002: Bag O’ Donuts
2003: Top Cats
2004: The Bucktown All-Stars
2005: (no award because of Katrina)
2006: The Bucktown All-Stars
2007: The Top Cats
2008: The Bucktown All-Stars
2009: The Bucktown All-Stars
2010: The Bucktown All-Stars
2011: The Bucktown All-Stars
2012: The Bucktown All-Stars
2013: The Bucktown All-Stars
2014: The Bucktown All-Stars

Best Cover Band Album
(category starts in 1997)

1997: Dash Rip Rock: Gold
1998: Top Cats: Party with the Big Dogs
(category discontinued)

Best Emerging Cover Band
(category starts in 1997)

1997: TIE: Bag of Donuts / Hank Sinatras
1998: Johnny Angel and the Swingin’ Deamons
1999: Chee Weez
(category discontinued)

Best Club to Hear Cover Bands
(category starts in 1997)

1997: Mid-City Lanes Rock ’n’ Bowl
1998: Mid-City Lanes Rock ’n’ Bowl
1999: Mid-City Lanes Rock ’n’ Bowl
(category discontinued, see Best Club)

Best Emerging Artist
(category starts in 2006)

2006: Deadboy & the Elephantmen
2007: The Eames Era
2008: Los Po-Boy-Citos
2009: Honey Island Swamp Band
2010: Big Freedia
2011: Brass-A-Holics
2012: Hunter Hayes
2013: Corey Henry’s Treme Funktet
2014: Tank and the Bangas

Best Female Vocalist
(category starts in 1997)

1997: Germaine Bazzle
1998: Irma Thomas
1999: Theresa Andersson
2000: Marva Wright
2001: Irma Thomas
2002: Irma Thomas
2003: Irma Thomas
2004: Irma Thomas
2005: (no award because of Katrina)
2006: Irma Thomas
2007: Susan Cowsill
2008: Irma Thomas
2009: Irma Thomas
2010: Irma Thomas
2011: Irma Thomas
2012: Irma Thomas
2013: Meschiya Lake
2014: Meschiya Lake

Best Male Vocalist
(category starts in 1997)

1997: Johnny Adams
1998: Aaron Neville
1999: Aaron Neville
2000: Aaron Neville
2001: Harry Connick, Jr.
2002: John Boutte
2003: Aaron Neville
2004: Aaron Neville
2005: (no award because of Katrina)
2006: John Boutte
2007: John Boutte
2008: John Boutte
2009: John Boutte
2010: John Boutte
2011: John Boutte
2012: John Boutte
2013: Cyril Neville
2014: John Boutte

Best Bass Player
(category starts in 1997)

1997: George Porter, Jr.
1998: George Porter, Jr.
1999: George Porter, Jr.
2000: George Porter, Jr.
2001: George Porter, Jr.
2002: George Porter, Jr.
2003: George Porter, Jr.
2004: George Porter, Jr.
2005: (no award because of Katrina)
2006: George Porter, Jr.
2007: James Singleton
2008: George Porter, Jr.
2009: George Porter, Jr.
2010: George Porter, Jr.
2011: George Porter, Jr.
2012: George Porter, Jr.
2013: George Porter, Jr.
2014: James Singleton

Best Guitarist
(category starts in 1997)

1997: Steve Masakowski
1998: Steve Masakowski
1999: Snooks Eaglin
2000: Snooks Eaglin
2001: June Yamagishi
2002: Steve Masakowski
2003: Walter “Wolfman” Washington
2004: Sonny Landreth
2005: (no award because of Katrina)
2006: Sonny Landreth
2007: Sonny Landreth
2008: Sonny Landreth
2009: Sonny Landreth
2010: Anders Osborne
2011: Anders Osborne
2012: Anders Osborne
2013: Tab Benoit
2014: Tab Benoit

Best Drummer
(category starts in 1997)

1997: Johnny Vidacovich
1998: Johnny Vidacovich
1999: Jason Marsalis
2000: Johnny Vidacovich
2001: Johnny Vidacovich
2002: Johnny Vidacovich
2003: Johnny Vidacovich
2004: Johnny Vidacovich
2005: (no award because of Katrina)
2006: Johnny Vidacovich
2007: Shannon Powell
2008: Johnny Vidacovich
2009: Johnny Vidacovich
2010: Stanton Moore
2011: Stanton Moore
2012: Stanton Moore
2013: Stanton Moore
2014: Stanton Moore

Best Saxophonist
(category starts in 1997)

1997: Tony Dagradi
1998: Eric Traub
1999: Clarence Johnson, III
2000: Branford Marsalis
2001: Tim Green
2002: Tim Green
2003: Tim Green
2004: Clarence Johnson, III
2005: (no award because of Katrina)
2006: Kidd Jordan
2007: Tony Dagradi
2008: Donald Harrison
2009: Donald Harrison
2010: Donald Harrison
2011: Tom Fitzpatrick
2012: Khris Royal
2013: Donald Harrison
2014: Aurora Nealand

Best Clarinetist
(category starts in 1999)

1999: Pete Fountain
2000: Pete Fountain
2001: Pete Fountain
2002: Alvin Batiste
2003: Alvin Batiste
2004: Alvin Batiste
2005: (no award because of Katrina)
2006: Dr. Michael White
2007: Dr. Michael White
2008: Dr. Michael White
2009: Dr. Michael White
2010: Tim Laughlin
2011: Dr. Michael White
2012: Dr. Michael White
2013: Charlie Gabriel
2014: Dr. Michael White

Best Trumpeter
(category starts in 1997)

1997: Kermit Ruffins
1998: Kermit Ruffins
1999: Kermit Ruffins
2000: Kermit Ruffins
2001: Kermit Ruffins
2002: Kermit Ruffins
2003: Kermit Ruffins
2004: Kermit Ruffins
2005: (no award because of Katrina)
2006: Kermit Ruffins
2007: Irvin Mayfield
2008: Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews
2009: Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews
2010: Kermit Ruffins
2011: Kermit Ruffins
2012: Kermit Ruffins
2013: Kermit Ruffins
2014: Shamarr Allen

Best Trombonist
(category starts in 1997)

1997: Mark Mullins
1998: Mark Mullins
1999: Mark Mullins
2000: Mark Mullins
2001: Mark Mullins
2002: Mark Mullins
2003: Mark Mullins
2004: Mark Mullins
2005: (no award because of Katrina)
2006: Mark Mullins
2007: Craig Klein
2008: Mark Mullins
2009: Delfeayo Marsalis
2010: Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews
2011: Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews
2012: Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews
2013: Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews
2014: Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews

Best Tuba/Sousaphonist
(category starts in 2001)

2001: Anthony “Tuba Fats” Lacen
2002: Anthony “Tuba Fats” Lacen
2003: Anthony “Tuba Fats” Lacen
2004: Matt Perrine
2005: (no award because of Katrina)
2006: Kirk Joseph
2007: TIE: Philip Frazier / Kirk Joseph / Matt Perrine
2008: Matt Perrine
2009: Matt Perrine
2010: Matt Perrine
2011: Phil Frazier
2012: Matt Perrine
2013: Kirk Joseph
2014: Matt Perrine

Best Piano/Keyboard
(category starts in 1997)

1997: Henry Butler
1998: Henry Butler
1999: Henry Butler
2000: Dr. John
2001: Dr. John
2002: Henry Butler
2003: Jon Cleary
2004: Jon Cleary
2005: (no award because of Katrina)
2006: Allen Toussaint
2007: Tom McDermott
2008: Henry Butler
2009: Allen Toussaint
2010: John Gros
2011: Ivan Neville
2012: Dr. John
2013: Ivan Neville
2014: Ivan Neville

Best Accordionist
(category starts in 2001)

2001: Buckwheat Zydeco
2002: Buckwheat Zydeco
2003: Dwayne Dopsie
2004: Buckwheat Zydeco
2005: (no award because of Katrina)
2006: Terrance Simien
2007: Terrance Simien
2008: Terrance Simien
2009: Terrance Simien
2010: Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes
2011: Steve Riley
2012: Steve Riley
2013: Dwayne Dopsie
2014: Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes

Best Violinist/Fiddler
(category starts in 2008)

2008: Michael Doucet
2009: Theresa Andersson
2010: Amanda Shaw
2011: Amanda Shaw
2012: Amanda Shaw
2013: Amanda Shaw
2014: Theresa Andersson

Best Harmonica Player
(category starts in 1997)

1997: J’Monque D
1998: J’Monque D
1999: Rockin’ Jake
2000: Rockin’ Jake
2001: Rockin’ Jake
2002: Johnny Sansone
2003: Johnny Sansone
2004: Rockin’ Jake
2005: (no award because of Katrina)
2006: Johnny Sansone
2007: Ben Ellman
(category discontinued)

Best DJ
(category starts in 2009)

2009: DJ Soul Sister
2010: DJ Soul Sister
2011: DJ Soul Sister
2012: DJ Soul Sister
2013: DJ Soul Sister
2014: DJ Soul Sister

Best Other Instrumentalist
(category starts in 1997)

1997: Dave Easley (pedal steel)
1998: Theresa Andersson (violin)
1999: Theresa Andersson (violin)
2000: Theresa Andersson (violin)
2001: Theresa Andersson (violin)
2002: Theresa Andersson (violin)
2003: Theresa Andersson (violin)
2004: Theresa Andersson (violin)
2005: (no award because of Katrina)
2006: Theresa Andersson (violin)
2007: Theresa Andersson (violin)
2008: Washboard Chaz (washboard)
2009: Washboard Chaz (washboard)
2010: Washboard Chaz (washboard)
2011: Washboard Chaz (washboard)
2012: Johnny Sansone (harmonica)
2013: Washboard Chaz (washboard)
2014: Washboard Chaz (washboard)

Best Club

1995: House of Blues
1996: House of Blues
1997: House of Blues
1998: House of Blues
1999: House of Blues
2000: Tipitina’s
2001: House of Blues
2002: House of Blues
2003: Tipitina’s
2004: Tipitina’s
2005: (no award because of Katrina)
2006: Maple Leaf
2007: Tipitina’s
2008: d.b.a.
2009: The Blue Nile
2010: Snug Harbor
2011: Tipitina’s
2012: One Eyed Jacks
2013: Maison
2014: Snug Harbor

Best Radio Station besides WWOZ

1995: WTUL
1996: WTUL
(category discontinued, see Best Radio Station)

Best Radio Station
(category starts in 1997)

1997: WWOZ
1998: WWOZ
1999: WWOZ
2000: WWOZ
2001: WWOZ
2002: WWOZ
2003: WWOZ
2004: WWOZ
2005: (no award because of Katrina)
2006: KBON
2007: WWOZ
2008: WWOZ
2009: WWOZ
2010: WTUL
2011: WWOZ
2012: WWOZ
2013: WWOZ
2014: WWOZ

Best Radio Personality
(category starts in 1998)

1998: John Sinclair
1999: John Sinclair
2000: John Sinclair
2001: John Sinclair
2002: John Sinclair
2003: Bob French
2004: Bob French
2005: (no award because of Katrina)
2006: (no award)
2007: Bob French
(category discontinued)

Best Local TV Series
(category starts in 1997)

1997: Louisiana Jukebox
1998: Louisiana Jukebox
1999: Louisiana Jukebox
2000: Louisiana Jukebox
2001: Louisiana Jukebox
2002: Louisiana Jukebox
2003: Louisiana Jukebox
2004: WWL Morning Show
(category discontinued)

Best Local TV Program (One Time)
(category starts in 1998)

1998: WB 38: Satchmo of the Ghetto
1999: PBS: River of Song
(category discontinued)

Best Festival besides New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

1995: French Quarter Festival
1996: French Quarter Festival
(category discontinued, see Best Festival)

Best Festival
(category starts in 1997)

1997: New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
1998: New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
1999: New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
2000: New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
2001: New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
2002: New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
2003: New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
2004: New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
2005: (no award because of Katrina)
2006: New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
2007: New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
2008: French Quarter Festival
2009: Voodoo Music Experience
2010: French Quarter Festival
(category discontinued, see Best Large Festival and Best Neighborhood Festival)

Best Large Festival

2011: Voodoo Music Experience
2012: French Quarter Festival
2013: French Quarter Festival
2014: New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

Best Festival Outside New Orleans
(category starts in 2006)

2006: Festivals Acadiens et Creole
2007: Festival International de Louisiane
2008: Festivals Acadiens et Creole
2009: Gretna Heritage Festival
2010: Gretna Heritage Festival
2011: Voice of the Wetlands
2012: Gretna Heritage Festival
2013: Festival International de Louisiane
2014: Festival International de Louisiane

Best Neighborhood Festival
(category starts in 2010)

2010: Bayou Boogaloo
2011: Chaz Fest
2012: Louisiana Cajun & Zydeco Festival
2013: Treme Creole Gumbo Festival
2014: Bayou Boogaloo

Best Neighborhood Bar featuring Music
(category starts in 2011)

2011: Mimi’s in the Marigny
2012: Buffa’s Bar & Restaurant
(category discontinued)

Best Recording Studio

1995: Ultrasonic
1996: Ultrasonic
1997: Ultrasonic
1998: Ultrasonic
1999: Boiler Room
2000: Ultrasonic
2001: Ultrasonic
2002: Ultrasonic
2003: Piety Street
2004: Piety Street
2005: (no award because of Katrina)
2006: Piety Street
2007: Piety Street
2008: Studio in the Country
2009: The Music Shed
2010: Piety Street
2011: Piety Street
2012: The Living Room
2013: The Living Room
2014: Esplanade Studios

Record Label of the Year

1995: Black Top Records
1996: Black Top Records
1997: Rounder Records
1998: Rounder Records
1999: Basin Street Records
2000: Louisiana Red Hot Records
2001: Basin Street Records
2002: Basin Street Records
2003: Basin Street Records
2004: Basin Street Records
2005: (no award because of Katrina)
2006: Flat Town Records
2007: Valcour Records
2008: Basin Street Records
2009: Park the Van Records
2010: Threadhead Records
2011: Basin Street Records
2012: Basin Street Records
2013: Basin Street Records
2014: Basin Street Records

Producer of the Year

1995: Carlo Ditta
1996: TIE: Allen Toussaint / Scott Billington
1997: Allen Toussaint
1998: Allen Toussaint
1999: Allen Toussaint
2000: Jerry Brock
2001: Tracey Freeman
2002: Mark Bingham
2003: William “Buzzy Beano” Langford
2004: Trina Shoemaker
2005: (no award because of Katrina)
2006: Delfeayo Marsalis
2007: Anders Osborne
2008: Mark Bingham
2009: Tracey Freeman
2010: Ben Ellman
2011: Anders Osborne
2012: Carlo Nuccio
2013: Anders Osborne
2014: Leo Sacks

Best Record Store
(category starts in 1997, see Best “New” or “Used” Record Store)

1997: Louisiana Music Factory
1998: Louisiana Music Factory
1999: Louisiana Music Factory
2000: Louisiana Music Factory
2001: Louisiana Music Factory
2002: Louisiana Music Factory
2003: Louisiana Music Factory
2004: Louisiana Music Factory
2005: (no award because of Katrina)
2006: Louisiana Music Factory
2007: Louisiana Music Factory
2008: Louisiana Music Factory
2009: Louisiana Music Factory
2010: Louisiana Music Factory
2011: Louisiana Music Factory
2012: Louisiana Music Factory
2013: Louisiana Music Factory
2014: Louisiana Music Factory

Best Record Store (New)

1995: Louisiana Music Factory
1996: Louisiana Music Factory
(category discontinued)

Best Record Store (Used)

1996: Record Ron’s
1996: Louisiana Music Factory
(category discontinued)

Best Instrument Store

1995: New Orleans Music Exchange
1996: New Orleans Music Exchange
1997: New Orleans Music Exchange
1998: New Orleans Music Exchange
1999: New Orleans Music Exchange
2000: New Orleans Music Exchange
2001: New Orleans Music Exchange
2002: New Orleans Music Exchange
2003: New Orleans Music Exchange
2004: New Orleans Music Exchange
2005: (no award because of Katrina)
2006: International Vintage Guitars
2007: New Orleans Music Exchange
2008: Ray Fransen’s Drum Center
2009: International Vintage Guitars
2010: International Vintage Guitars
2011: New Orleans Music Exchange
2012: New Orleans Music Exchange
2013: New Orleans Music Exchange
2014: Guitar Center

Best Pro Audio Store

1995: Sound Chek
1996: TIE: New Orleans Music Exchange / Sound Chek
1997: Pyramid Audio
1998: Sound Chek
1999: Guitar Center
2000: New Orleans Music Exchange
2001: New Orleans Music Exchange
2002: New Orleans Music Exchange
2003: Guitar Center
2004: Guitar Center
2005: (no award because of Katrina)
2006: Guitar Center
2007: Guitar Center
2008: Guitar Center
(category discontinued in 2009)

Best Studio Sound Engineer

1996: Charles “Chopper” Brady
1996: Charles “Chopper” Brady
1997: Charles “Chopper” Brady
1998: Mike Mayeaux
1999: Mike Mayeaux
2000: (no award)
2001: Tim Stambaugh
2002: Steve Reynolds
2003: Tim Stambaugh
2004: Mike Mayeaux
2005: (no award because of Katrina)
2006: Michael Paz
2007: Tim Stambaugh
2008: Ben Mumphrey
2009: Chris Finney
2010: Earl Scioneaux III
2011: Chris George (The Living Room)
2012: Chris George (The Living Room)
2013: Misha Kachkachishvili (Esplanade Studios)
2014: Misha Kachkachishvili (Esplanade Studios)

Best Booking Agency
(category starts in 1998)

1998: White Oak
1999: White Oak
2000: White Oak
2001: White Oak
2002: White Oak
2003: White Oak
2004: White Oak
2005: (no award because of Katrina)
2006: White Oak
2007: White Oak
2008: White Oak
2009: White Oak
2010: White Oak
2011: White Oak
2012: White Oak
2013: White Oak
2014: White Oak

Best Talent Booker
(category starts in 1998)

1998: Sonny Schneidau (House of Blues)
1999: Sonny Schneidau (House of Blues)
2000: Sonny Schneidau (House of Blues)
2001: Adam Shipley (Tipitina’s)
2002: Adam Shipley (Tipitina’s)
2003: Sonny Schneidau (House of Blues)
2004: Ed White (White Oak)
(category discontinued)

Best Manager
(category starts in 1998)

1998: Tom Thompson
1999: Rueben Williams
2000: Rueben Williams
2001: Rueben Williams
2002: Rueben Williams
2003: Jared Zeller
2004: Chris Cuevas
2005: (no award because of Katrina)
2006: Kimball Packard
2007: Kimball Packard
2008: Howie Kaplan
2009: Reuben Williams
2010: Tony Ciaccio, Hypersoul
2011: Howie Kaplan
2012: Tony Ciaccio, Hypersoul
2013: Reuben Williams
2014: Jon Phillips (Silverback Artist Management)

Best Music Attorney
(category starts in 1998)

1998: Ellis Pailet
1999: Suzette Becker
2000: Suzette Becker
2001: Edgar “Dino” Gankendorff
2002: Greg Eveline
2003: Edgar “Dino” Gankendorff
2004: Edgar “Dino” Gankendorff
2005: (no award because of Katrina)
2006: Edgar “Dino” Gankendorff
2007: Edgar “Dino” Gankendorff
2008: Ashlye M. Keaton
2009: Ashlye M. Keaton
2010: Ashlye M. Keaton
2011: Ashlye M. Keaton
2012: Ashlye M. Keaton
2013: Ashlye M. Keaton
2014: Ashlye M. Keaton

Best Club Acoustics

1995: House of Blues
1996: House of Blues
1997: House of Blues
1998: House of Blues
1999: House of Blues
(category discontinued)

Best Music Photographer
(category starts in 1999)

1999: Rick Olivier
2000: Rick Olivier
2001: Michael P. Smith
2002: Herman Leonard
2003: Jenny Bagert
2004: Earl Perry
2005: (no award because of Katrina)
2006: Terri Fensel
2007: Erika Goldring
2008: Skip Bolen
2009: Zach Smith
2010: Erika Goldring
2011: Kim Welsh
2012: Elsa Hahne
2013: Jeffrey Dupuis
2014: (no award given)

Best Album Artwork

1995: TIE: Anders Osborne: Which Way to Here (Steve Winn) / Evil Nurse Sheila!: Evil Nurse Sheila! (Andrew Smith)
1996: New Orleans NightCrawlers: New Orleans Nightcrawlers (Diane Wanek)
1997: Smilin Myron: What About the People (Diane Wanek)
1998: New World Funk Ensemble: New World Funk Ensemble (Diane Wanek)
1999: Beth Patterson: Hybrid Vigor (Diana Thornton)
2000: New Orleans Nightcrawlers: Live at the Old Point (Scott Saltzman, photographer)
2001: Kidd Jordan: Kidd Stuff (Bunny Matthews)
2002: Astral Project: Big Shot (Diana Thornton)
2003: Deacon John: Deacon John’s Jump Blues (Ed Lacken, Vetter Communications)
2004: Astral Project: The Legend of Cowboy Bill (Jenny Bagert, photographer)
(category discontinued)

Best Music Educator
(category starts in 2000)

2000: Ellis Marsalis
2001: Ellis Marsalis
2002: Ed Petersen
2003: Edward “Kidd” Jordan
2004: Edward “Kidd” Jordan
(category discontinued)

Best Club Owner or Manager

1995: Jack Groetsch, Howlin’ Wolf
1996: Jack Groetsch, Howlin’ Wolf
1997: Jack Groetsch, Howlin’ Wolf
1998: Jack Groetsch, Howlin’ Wolf
1999: John Blancher, Rock n Bowl
2000: John Blancher, Rock n Bowl
2001: John Blancher, Rock n Bowl
2002: Howie Kaplan, Howlin’ Wolf
2003: John Blancher, Rock n Bowl
2004: John Blancher, Rock n Bowl
2005: (no award because of Katrina)
2006: (no award given)
2007: Wesley Schmidt and Jason Patterson, Snug Harbor
2008: Jessie Paige, Blue Nile
2009: Tom Thayer, d.b.a.
2010: John Blancher, Rock n Bowl
2011: Miss Sophie Lee, Three Muses
2012: Dixie Rubin and Dale Triguero, Chickie Wah Wah
2013: Brian Greiner and Jeff Bromberger, The Maison
2014: Hank Staples & Paulina Trujillo, Maple Leaf

Best Concert Promoter
(category starts in 1998)

1998: Beaver Productions
1999: Superfly Productions
2000: Superfly Productions
2001: Superfly Productions
2002: Superfly Productions
2003: Superfly Productions
2004: Steve Rehage
2005: (no award because of Katrina)
2006: (no award given)
2007: New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation
2008: Ponderosa Stomp Foundation
2009: Hypersoul
2010: Kerry Brown
2011: Winter Circle Productions
2012: Scott Aiges, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation
2013: Dr. Ira Padnos, Ponderosa Stomp
2014: Winter Circle Productions

Best Music Journalist

1995: Keith Spera
1996: Keith Spera
1997: Keith Spera
1998: Scott Jordan
1999: Keith Spera
2000: Keith Spera
2001: Keith Spera
2002: Keith Spera
2003: Keith Spera
2004: Keith Spera
(category discontinued)

Bourbon Street Award
(category starts in 2003)

2003: Chris Owens
2004: Alton “Big Al” Carson
2005: (no award because of Katrina)
2006-2009: (no award given)
2010: Royal Sonesta Hotel
2011: Royal Sonesta Hotel
2012: Earl Bernhardt & Pam Fortner (Tropical Isle)
2013: Pat O’Brien’s
2014: Earl Bernhardt & Pam Fortner (Tropical Isle)

Best Music Website
(category starts in 1997)

1997: OffBeat.com
1998: OffBeat.com
1999: OffBeat.com
2000: OffBeat.com
2001: OffBeat.com
2002: Satchmo.com
2003: MasterDigital.com
2004: Tipitinas.com
2005: (no award because of Katrina)
2006-2009: (no award given)
2010: PonderosaStomp.com
2011: OffBeat.com
(category discontinued)

Best Music Video
(category starts in 1998)

1998: Master P: “MP Da Last Don”
(category discontinued in 1999, started again 2011)
2011: Brandon Odums: “Do to Me” by Trombone Shorty
2012: Tyler Yee: “Criminal” By the Revivalists
2013: Brandan “B-Mike” Odums: “Fire and Brimstone” by Trombone Shorty
2014” Emilie Richard-Froozan & Remy Bennett: “I Know It’s Wrong (But That’s Alright)” by Hurray for the Riff Raff

Best Street Promotion

(category starts in 2010)

2010: Lawrence Parker
(category discontinued)

Musician Resource Award
(category starts in 2010)

2010: New Orleans Musicians Clinic
2011: New Orleans Musicians Clinic
2012: Tipitina’s Music Office Co-Op
2013: Ellis Marsalis Center for Music
2014: Tipitina’s Foundation

Music Awareness Award
(category starts in 1998)

1998: Delta Beverage Group
1999: WWL-TV “Spirit of New Orleans”
2000: Popeye’s
2001: WWL-TV “Spirit of New Orleans”
2002: Lakeside Hospital
2003: City of New Orleans Music Office
2004: WWL-TV “Spirit of New Orleans”
2005: (no award because of Katrina)
2006: Louis Armstrong International Airport
2007: Louisiana Crossroads
2008: The New Orleans Hornets
2009: WWL-TV “Spirit of New Orleans”
2010: Louisiana Public Health Institute “Tobacco Free Living”
(category discontinued, see “Best Use of Local Music or Musicians in Advertising” and “Community Music Award”

Best Use of Local Music or Musicians in Advertising

1998: Delta Beverage Group
1999: WWL-TV “Spirit of New Orleans”
2000: Popeye’s
2001: WWL-TV “Spirit of New Orleans”
2002: Lakeside Hospital
2003: City of New Orleans Music Office
2004: WWL-TV “Spirit of New Orleans”
2005: (no award because of Katrina)
2006: Louis Armstrong International Airport
2007: Louisiana Crossroads
2008: The New Orleans Hornets
2009: WWL-TV “Spirit of New Orleans”
2010: Louisiana Public Health Institute “Tobacco Free Living”
2011: The Law Offices of W.A. “Chip” Forstall, Jr.
2012: People’s Health
(category renamed)

Best Use of Music or Musician in Local Advertising

2013: Times-Picayune/Nola.com / Superior Honda, Zehnder Communications
2014: Peter A. Mayer Advertising (New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival)

Community Music Awareness Award
(category starts in 2011)

2011: Young Leadership Council
2012: People’s Health
(category discontinued, see Community Music Award)

Community Music Award: Non-Profit Achievement
(category starts in 2012)

2012: The Roots of Music
(category discontinued, see Community Music Award)

Music Programming Award
(category starts in 2010)

2010: Ogden Museum of Southern Art “Ogden After Hours”
(category discontinued)

Non-Profit Achievement Award
(category starts in 2010)

2010: New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation
(category discontinued)

Mayor’s Music Champion
(category starts in 2002)

2002: Hibernia Bank
2003: Tipitina’s Foundation
2004: New Orleans Musician’s Clinic
(category discontinued)

Best Thing to Happen Musically

1995: New Orleans Musicians Recognized and Signed to Big Labels
1996: Consideration of removing the Amusement Tax
1997: LMNOP – Music Conference
1998: Tipitina’s Opens French Quarter Location
(category discontinued)

Worst Thing to Happen Musically

1995: Continuation of Amusement Tax
1996: TIE: Harassment of Street Musicians / Amusement Tax
1997: Johnny Adams sick
1998: Raymond Myles murdered
(category discontinued)

Music Business of the Year
(category starts in 1998)

1998: Louisiana Music Factory
1999: Louisiana Music Factory
2000: House of Blues
2001: Louisiana Music Factory
2002: Basin Street Records
2003: Basin Street Records
2004: White Oak
2005: (no award because of Katrina)
2006: Piety Street Studio
2007: Rehage Entertainment
2008: Preservation Hall
2009: The Music Shed
2010: Preservation Hall
2011: Mayfield Productions
2012: Basin Street Records
2013: Hypersoul
2014: The Maison Group

Best Use of Music or Musicians to Promote New Orleans
(category starts in 2013)

2013: Lily Keber, Mairzy Doats Productions “Bayou Maharajah”

Community Music Award
(category starts in 2013)

2013: Music and Culture Coalition of New Orleans
2014: Ogden After Hours (Ogden Museum of Southern Art)