Lexington Music Awards: And the winners are …

Lexington Music Awards emcees Bill Meck and Kristen Pflum with founder and organizer David McLean backstage Sunday night at the Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center. Photo courtesy of Heather Parrish.

Lexington Music Awards emcees Bill Meck and Kristen Pflum with founder and organizer David McLean backstage Sunday night at the Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center. Photo courtesy of Heather Parrish.

While the Oscars were being handed out in Hollywood, the inaugural Lexington Music Awards were held Sunday night at the Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center.

The awards were the brainchild of Lexington musician and music teacher David McLean, who originally intended it to be a small gathering at Natasha’s Bistro and Bar, until interest in the event exploded. He told Walter Tunis beforehand that it was a challenge wrangling all the nominations and logistics of a multifaceted awards show.

Now that No. 1 is in the books, McLean reflects, “It was chaos, with imperfections and stumbling and threatening to fall apart at the seems at any minute … but it held together with a little duct tape and luck, and we pulled this baby off!

“It was fabulous.”

And he and others involved such as musician Heather Parrish, who gave one of several performances Sunday night, say they are already looking forward to the second edition and raising awareness of local music.

“I think people are starting to see what I’m really after with this in a way that words alone can’t express,” McLean wrote Monday. It “took putting 400-plus people in a beautiful room, five bizarrely different musical acts, and a lot of energy and emotion to open the door. But the light is creeping in.”

Here is a look at the winners:

STYLE

Best Americana/folk: Michael Johnathon

Best blues: Tee Dee Young

Tee Dee Young  was named best blues artist. © Herald-Leader photo by Charles Bertram.

Tee Dee Young was named best blues artist. © Herald-Leader photo by Charles Bertram.

Best classical: Lexington Philharmonic

Best country / bluegrass: Scott Said & Backroads

Best funk/R&B/reggae: G-Funk Allstars

Best hip hop/rap: Hybrid the Rapper

Best jazz/world: DOJO (DiMartino-Osland Jazz Orchestra)

All the Little Pieces --  (clockwise from left) Rhyan Sprague (singer, keyboards, guitar, songwriter), Thomas Suggs (guitar), Billy P. Thomas (bass) and Chris Jones (drummer) -- were named best rock act. Lexington-based band All the Little Pieces has released its new album, "Broken Little Soul," Nov. 1. This photo was taken at a rehearsal Nov. 4, 2014, in Lexington, Ky. © Herald-Leader photo by Rich Copley.

All the Little Pieces — (clockwise from left) Rhyan Sprague (singer, keyboards, guitar, songwriter), Thomas Suggs (guitar), Billy P. Thomas (bass) and Chris Jones (drummer) — were named best rock act. Lexington-based band All the Little Pieces has released its new album, “Broken Little Soul,” Nov. 1. This photo was taken at a rehearsal Nov. 4, 2014, in Lexington, Ky. © Herald-Leader photo by Rich Copley.

Best pop: Sydney Cubit

Best rockAll The Little Pieces

Best singer-songwriter: Maggie Lander

Best cover band: See Alice

Song of the Year: Black Horses by Avery Crabtree and Josh Brock

PERFORMANCE

Best female vocal: Mandy Reichert

Best male vocal: Vincent Grino

Best drummer/percussionist: Vincent Grino

Best guitar: Ben Lacy

Best bass: Jason Groves

Best keyboard: Kevin Holm-Hudson

Best brass/winds: Miles Osland

Best strings: Ben Sollee

INDUSTRY

Best live venue: Natasha’s Bistro and Bar

Best music store: Doo Wop Shop

CD Central owner Steve Baron. The store won best music business. © Herald-Leader photo by Rich Copley.

CD Central owner Steve Baron. The store won best music business. © Herald-Leader photo by Rich Copley.

Best music company: CD Central

Best recording studio and engineer: Sneak Attack, Jason Groves

Jay Flippin Music Educator Award: Paul Felice

Best live sound tech: Phil Osborne

Best radio DJ: Joe Conkwright, WUKY-FM 91.3

Best gear repair, customization, builders: Willcutt Guitars

SPECIAL

Community Service Award: Woodsongs All-Volunteer Crew

Lifetime Achievement Award recipients:

Jay Flippin

Michael Johnathon

Loretta Lynn

Bill Monroe

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