Veer Music Awards

K’Bana Blaq will perform his gospel song “Pour Me Out a Blessing” during the Veer Music Awards. (Photo by Glen Woodall)

The 2018 Veer Music Awards will he held Tuesday, February 13 at the Waterside District in downtown Norfolk. The presentation of awards in 34 categories ranging from R&B, hip hop, jazz, country, rock and folk to World Music, blues, indie-pop and open mic night will begin at 7 PM sharp. The estimated two hour program will also include awards for Album of the Year, EP of the Year, Song of the Year, and Music Video of the Year. Additional awards will be presented to Mike Williams (Musician’s Musician Award), Kelly Murphy & Mitch Kirsner (Industry Award), and Waxing Poetics (Lifetime Achievement Award). Admission is FREE.

Live performers are:

Myra Smith as The Phoenix (R&B)
Bennett Wales & The Relief (Rock)
K’Bana Blaq (Gospel/R&B)
Shane Dollar (Hip hop)
Mosquito Cabaret (Gypsy Jazz/Polka)
Waxing Poetics (Lifetime Achievement Award)

Readers had an opportunity to vote for their favorite local bands in an online poll. In addition to the 320 nominees in more than 30 categories, a write-in box was provided for each category. In addition to the popular vote from readers, we asked the following group of people with diverse perspectives within the local music industry to weigh-in: Jerome Langston (Veer Magazine), Dee Larion (Live Nation), Paul Shugrue, (WHRV-FM), Crizti Walsh (96X), Jae Sinnett (WHRV-FM), Cristin Pond (Festevents), Kyle Bloom (Hampton Roads Show), Debra Persons (HardcoreNorfolk), Hunter Hughes (WHRO-FM), Beth Austin (Music photographer), Jeff Hewitt (Photo-journalist), Wendy Podmenik Darugar (Music photographer), Josh Coplon (LAVA Presents), Tyler Warnalis (TBA Productions), Duane Smith (musician), Skye Zentz (musician), and Mike Holtzclaw (Music reporter/Daily Press).  In categories where these local experts were a nominee, they were not permitted to vote for themselves.

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