Best of the Beat 2011 Music Awards: The Winners

Kermit Ruffins and GIVERS.

Only those two acts stood between Trombone Shorty and every award he competed for. This year in the Best of the Beat, OffBeat readers voted him Artist of the Year, R&B/Funk Artist of the Year, Trombone Player of the Year, and his For True was named Album of the Year and R&B/Funk Album of the Year. Along with director Brandan “Bmike” Odums, he even took home the Best Music Video award for the music video to his single “Do to Me.”

Food vendors at the Best of the Beat Awards

Food vendors at the Best of the Beat Awards

Ruffins helped stop the roll by winning Trumpet Player of the Year, and Lafayette rock band GIVERS took Song of the Year for “Up Up Up”—one of three awards they won, along with Rock Band of the Year and Rock Album of the Year for In Light.

The awards were presented on January 27 at Generations Hall, where George Porter, Jr., John Rankin, Scott Billington and Mary Howell were honored with Lifetime Achievement recognition as well. Porter performed with a special lineup of his band Runnin’ Pardners, and his set included appearances from many guests. Other performers at the Best of the Beat included GIVERS, Big Freedia, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Glen David Andrews, the Soul Rebels, and Aurora Nealand & the Royal Roses.

Here’s the full list of Best of the Beat Award winners:


Artist of the Year: Trombone Shorty

Album of the Year: For True — Trombone Shorty (on Amazon) | (on iTunes)

Best Emerging Artist: Brass-A-Holics

Song of the Year: “Up Up Up” by GIVERS, Taylor Guarisco, Tiffany Lamson (on Amazon) | (on iTunes)

Best R&B/Funk Artist: Trombone Shorty

Best R&B/Funk Album: For True — Trombone Shorty (on Amazon) | (on iTunes)

Best Rock Artist: GIVERS

Best Rock Album: In Light — GIVERS (on Amazon) | (on iTunes)

Best Blues Artist: Tab Benoit

Best Blues Album: Medicine — Tab Benoit (on Amazon) | (on iTunes)

Best Roots Rock Artist: Anders Osborne

Best Roots Rock Album: Shrimp Boots and Vintage Suits — Creole String Beans (on Amazon) | (on iTunes)

Best Brass Band: Rebirth Brass Band

Best Brass Band Album: Rebirth of New Orleans — Rebirth Brass Band (on Amazon) | (on iTunes)

Best Rap/Hip-Hop Artist: Big Freedia

Best Rap/Hip-Hop Album or Mixtape: Weekend at Burnie’s — Curren$y (on Amazon) | (on iTunes)

Best Traditional Jazz Artist: Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Best Traditional Jazz Album: Frenchmen St. Parade — New Orleans Moonshiners (on Amazon) | (on iTunes)

Best Contemporary Jazz Artist: Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra

Best Contemporary Jazz Album: A Love Letter to New Orleans — Irvin Mayfield (on Amazon) | (on iTunes)

Best Cajun Artist: Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys

Best Cajun Album: Grand Isle — Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys (on Amazon) | (on iTunes)

Best Zydeco Artist: Geno Delafose

Best Zydeco Album: Can’t Sit Down — C.J. Chenier (on Amazon)

Best Country/Folk Artist: Yvette Landry

Best Country/Folk Album: Should Have Known — Yvette Landry (on Amazon) | (on iTunes)

Best Singer-Songwriter: Andrew Duhon

Best Cover Band: The Bucktown All-Stars

Songwriter of the Year: Tab Benoit

Best Female Vocalist: Irma Thomas

Best Male Vocalist: John Boutte

Best Guitarist: Anders Osborne

Best Piano/Keyboardist: Ivan Neville

Best Bass Player: George Porter, Jr.

Best Drummer: Stanton Moore

Best Trumpeter: Kermit Ruffins

Best Saxophonist: Tom Fitzpatrick

Best Trombonist: Troy Andrews

Best Clarinetist: Dr. Michael White

Best Tuba/Sousaphonist: Phil Frazier

Best Accordionist: Steve Riley

Best Violin/Fiddle Player: Amanda Shaw

Best DJ: DJ Soul Sister

Best Other Instrumentalist: Washboard Chaz (washboard)

Best Music Video: “Do To Me” by Trombone Shorty, directed by Brandan Odums (watch on YouTube)

Lifetime Achievement in Music: George Porter, Jr.

Lifetime Achievement in Music Business: Scott Billington

Lifetime Achievement in Music Education: John Rankin

Heartbeat Award: Mary Howell

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  • Slh56

    CONGRATS Yvette! Beat country /folk artist and best country folk album ” Should have known”. Aieeeeeee!

  • Slh56

    CONGRATS Yvette! Beat country /folk artist and best country folk album ” Should have known”. Aieeeeeee!

  • Congratulations to all the Award winners last night.  I had a wonderful time hosting the Awards along with Rob Masson.

    If you want to see more pictures from the event I have some posted on my website

    Liz Reyes – WVUE Fox 8

  • Y’all need to spread this out a bit! Ad a few more categories with retail shops and restaurants are something.