Announcements finally came of the nominees and special honors for the next round of Chicago Music Awards.
From the press release:
NOMINEES FOR 28TH CHICAGO MUSIC AWARDS ANNOUNCED
CHICAGO MUSIC INDUSTRY TO CELEBRATE PRESIDENT-ELECT BARACK OBAMA AT 28th CHICAGO MUSIC AWARDS JAN 18
R&B Superstar Angela Winbush to receive Producer's Award Wilco, Kanye West, R. Kelly and Smashing Pumpkins among Top Nominees
The 28th annual Chicago Music Awards (CMA) will be held in honor of Chicago's favorite son and the nation's first African-American president Barack Obama, said Ephraim Martin, president of Martin's International Culture, Inc.
The awards ceremony will be held Sunday January 18, 2009 on the eve of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday and two days before the presidential inauguration. The ceremony at 7:00 pm will be preceded by a VIP reception at 6:00 pm at Park West, 322 W. Armitage in Chicago.
The announcement was made at a press conference on Wednesday, November 19, 2008 at Exposure Tapas Restaurant, 1313 S. Wabash Avenue in the trendy South Loop.
Celebrated Chicago rock group Wilco tops the list of nominees with nominations in four categories. The always popular R&B and Hip Hop entertainers R. Kelly and Kanye West follow with three nominations each along with rock star Smashing Pumpkins and Chicago Afrobeat Project.
Other leading nominees include Shekinah Glory, Dayna Malow, Lupe Fiasco, Twista, Funkadesi, P.R. ism, Carl Brown, Ben One, Kwiet Storm, Teresa Griffin and Fandanguero. Categories range from Blues, Jazz, Gospel and Hip Hop to Classical, Rock, Latin, World Beat, Country & Western and more.
Also announced were 2009 CMA Lifetime Achievement Award recipients Corky Siegel and Jim Schwall, Seigel-Schwall Blues Band, Kelan Phil Cohran, The Notations, and Pastor Maceo Woods of Christian Tabernacle Church. The special Producer's Award of Excellence will be conferred on internationally known R&B star Angela Winbush, who will also perform at the awards ceremony. Award of Honor recipients are Dave Casto of Illinois Record Pool, Sax Preacher and Farley "Jackmaster Funk."
... Advance tickets to the 28th Chicago Music Awards are on sale now. General admission is $50; $75 VIP tickets. For tickets, visit Ticketmaster.com, call (312) 559-1212 or contact Martin's International Culture at 312/427-0266. Tickets may also be obtained at www.chicagomusicawards.org or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 28th CMA is dedicated to "Health Awareness" to bring attention to the lack of health care in the entertainment industry. Part of the proceeds will go to The Bernie Mac Foundation for Sarcoidosis.
The public is asked to participate in the process to select winners in all the competing categories. Voting can be done at www.chicagomusicawards.org. Deadline for voting is Dec. 31.