Best Of The Beat 2013 Music Awards Winners Announced

Who got a Beattie?

At the 1996 Best of the Beat recognizing the best music of 1995, Gina Forsyth and Waylon Thibodeaux’s album Dans La Louisianne won as the best Cajun album. In her acceptance speech Gina Forsyth made reference to the Best of the Beat Award as a “Beattie.” In a subsequent television interview she explained “we have Tonies and Grammies, why not a Beattie?” Indeed, why not?


This year's "Beattie" trophies were hand-made by local artist Ginger Kelly, each one different.

Looking back at the previous Best of the Beat recipients, we see for example, Hunter Hayes winning the Best Emerging Cajun Band or Performer in 1997 and Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews for Best Emerging Traditional Jazz Band or Performer in 2002—our readers/voters obviously know how to spot talent, as both of these young gentlemen have gone on to become national stars.

Some categories have been dominated by a single performer or band. The Rebirth Brass Band has won the Best Brass Band since 1997 except in the years 2002 and 2004, when the award went to the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Same with Best Cajun Band or Performer which has gone to BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet every year since 1995 except for three years. The Best Male and the Best Female vocalist have been mostly dominated by John Boutte and Irma Thomas, but this year brings some surprises.

Check out the Best Rap/Hip-Hop categories for 2013 below, for example. Some fresh new winners taking home prizes for the first time in those two categories. Jealous Monk won their first-ever “Beattie” while the Soul Rebels took home their first prize in a category outside a brass band one by creating mixtape of brass band style hip-hop covers. A very special moment during the awards show was the presentation of Best Clarinetest. Take a look below to see why.

OffBeat’s 2013 Best of The Beat Music Awards were announced last night (January 18) at the annual awards and party at Generations Hall in front of a crowd of over a thousand musicians and fans. The big winner of the evening was Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews who captured six awards, a record number. Andrews was in New York on tour with his band, but sent a short video thanking his fans for their support.


The finale of Cyril Neville's Lifetime Acheivement Awards tribute set was a touching, heart-felt moment in New Orleans music last night.

The highlight of the evening’s music (including Glen David Andrews, Feufollet, Cheeky Blakk, Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen with Nigel Hall, the Brass-A-Holics and Robin Barnes) was an all-star tribute to Cyril Neville, the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement in Music award.

The tribute band included Charlie Wooton, Tim Green, Cranston Clements, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Allen Toussaint, Deri Tucker, Papa Mali, Davell Crawford, Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr., Gaynielle Neville, Johnny Sansone, Willie Green, Yadonna West, and many more. One of Neville’s signature songs “Sister Rosa” (about Civil Right pioneer, Rosa Parks) was transformed into a touching paean to Cyril’s life, art and heart with the refrain “Thank you Sister Rosa” sung in round two as “Thank you Cyril Neville.”

This year’s award trophies were designed by glass artist Ginger Kelly. Ginger is a glass blower and giftware designer. She moved her studio to Breaux Bridge, Louisiana in 2005. Besides her glass work, Ginger has designed glass and sterling silver jewelry.

And without further ado, the winners are…

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Step-and-repeat winners photos by Kyle Encar.


See more photos from the 2013 Best of the Beat Awards show here.


Artist of the Year

Trombone Shorty


Album of the Year

Trombone Shorty: Say That to Say This (Verve)


Best Emerging Artist

Corey Henry’s Treme Funktet


Song of the Year

“Fire and Brimstone” (from Trombone Shorty’s Say That To Say This album) featuring Troy Andrews, Michael Ballard, Pete Murano, Alonzo “Novel” Stevenson, Taura Stinson


Best Blues Artist

Cyril Neville


Best Blues Album

Cyril Neville: Magic Honey (Ruf Records)


Best R&B/Funk Artist

Trombone Shorty


Best R&B/Funk Album

Trombone Shorty: Say That to Say This (Verve)


Best Rock Artist

Anders Osborne


Best Rock Album

Anders Osborne: Peace (Alligator Records)


Best Rap / Hip-Hop Artist

Jealous Monk


Best Rap or Hip-Hop Album/Mixtape

Soul Rebels Brass Band: Power = Power (Mixtape)


Best Bounce Artist

Big Freedia


Best Traditional Jazz Artist

Kermit Ruffins


Best Traditional Jazz Album

Kermit Ruffins: We Partyin’ Traditional Style (Basin Street)


Best Contemporary Jazz Artist

Terence Blanchard


Best Contemporary Jazz Album

Jason Marsalis: In a World of Mallets (Basin Street)


Best Brass Band

Rebirth Brass Band


Best Brass Band Album

Brass-A-Holics: I am a Brass-A-Holic (Independent)


Best Cajun Artist

Lost Bayou Ramblers


Best Cajun Album

BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet: From Bamako to Carencro (Compass Records)


Best Zydeco Artist

Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience


Best Zydeco Album

Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience: Dockside Sessions (Music Matters Records)


Best Roots Rock Artist

Honey Island Swamp Band


Best Roots Rock Album

Honey Island Swamp Band: Cane Sugar (Louisiana Red Hot Records)


Best Country/Folk Artist

Hurray for the Riff Raff


Best Country/Folk Album

Hurray for the Riff Raff: My Dearest Darkest Neighbor (This is American Music)


Best Gospel Artist

Franklin Avenue Baptist Church Choir


Best Cover Band

Bucktown All-Stars


Songwriter of the Year

Anders Osborne


Best Female Vocalist

Meschiya Lake


Best Male Vocalist

Cyril Neville


Best Bass Player

George Porter, Jr.


Best Guitarist

Tab Benoit


Best Drummer

Stanton Moore


Best Saxophonist

Donald Harrison, Jr.


Best Clarinetist

Charlie Gabriel


Best Trumpeter

Kermit Ruffins


Best Trombonist

Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews


Best Tuba/Sousaphonist

Kirk Joseph


Best Piano / Keyboardist

Ivan Neville


Best Accordionist

Dwayne Dopsie


Best Violin/Fiddle Player

Amanda Shaw


Best DJ

DJ Soul Sister


Best Other Instrument

Washboard Chaz (washboard)


Best Music Video

“Fire and Brimstone” feat. Trombone Shorty, directed by Brandan “B-Mike” Odums


Congratulations to all the 2013 winners!

Photo gallery from the awards show to be posted here soon, stay tuned.

To view the 2013 Best of the Beat Music Business Award and Lifetime Achievement Award recipients, click here.



The finale at Lifetime Achievement Award winner Cyril Neville's tribute set at BoB 2013. (Photo: Kim Welsh)


More live shots from the big awards show…

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Best of the Beat 2013 Music Awards event photos courtesy Kim Welsh. To view more photos from the New Orleans music scene, follow OffBeat’s Flickr stream here.