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Posted at 9:45 AM ET, 02/22/2011

Local news: 25th Annual Wammies celebrate familiar names

By Chris Richards

ralph stanleyThievery Corporation, shown here performing at the 9:30 Club, took home two Wammies on Sunday. (Photo by Evy Mages/FTWP)

The 25th Annual Wammies took place at the State Theatre on Sunday night and the local music awards show, hosted by the Washington Area Music Association, doled out prizes to familiar names. Big awards went to Thievery Corporation (electronica recording and electronica recording artist), Rare Essence (go-go duo/group), and the Capitol Steps (musical theater artist). In the general categories, album of the year went to Janine Wilson's "Wakin' Up," Margot MacDonald took home artist of the year, and song of the year honors went to "It Should Be Me" by Janine Wilson and Max Evans. For a full list of nominees and winners, click here.

By Chris Richards  | February 22, 2011; 9:45 AM ET
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There are familiar names because the same people win every single year. This organization is full of organizers who constantly award friends and supporters of WAMA the awards every year. How about the bands from DC who play shows locally and across the East Coast? Or our local bands who actively support the DC music scene? Or play more than one show every few months around here? Or even publications that support it. On Tap Magazine does more for local music then any publication and they didn't even get nominated. Joke.

I used to support WAMA and am one of MANY people who do not support any more. They need to get back into the DC music scene and really figure out who deserves the awards.

Posted by: ashlee7322 | February 22, 2011 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Ashlee, you don't know enough about WAMA. The Board does not choose the Nominees or Winners, the more than 1000 members make those decisions. When you say, "they need to...," you are speaking of the members of WAMA.

There are familiar names because they have developed a reputation in the area. It would be difficult to name only new artists as winners. People don't win an award and then stop producing good music.

You are part of the problem. Get in there and nominate and vote.

Posted by: askmike | February 23, 2011 6:40 PM | Report abuse

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