Award Categories

Music Genre Award Categories

Decided by Public Voting & Industry Judge Scoring
Updated for 2023 – Award categories will not be awarded which do not have a minimum of three (3) nominees.
** NEW IN 2023
Best Country/Americana Album
Best Country/Americana Artist-Group
Best Country/Americana Song
Best Electronic/Techno Artist-Group
Best Electronic/Techno Song **
Best Folk/Bluegrass Album **
Best Folk/Bluegrass Artist-Group **
Best Folk/Bluegrass Song **
Best Funk/Blues Album **
Best Funk/Blues Artist-Group **
Best Funk/Blues Song **
Best Go-Go Artist-Group
Best Go-Go Song
Best Gospel/Inspirational Artist-Group
Best Gospel/Inspirational Song
Best Hard Rock/Punk Album
Best Hard Rock/Punk Artist-Group
Best Hard Rock/Punk Song
Best Hip-Hop Album
Best Hip-Hop Artist-Group
Best Hip-Hop Song
Best Jazz Album
Best Jazz Artist-Group
Best Jazz Song
Best Latin Artist-Group
Best Pop Album
Best Pop Artist-Group
Best Pop Song
Best R&B/Soul Album
Best R&B/Soul Artist-Group
Best R&B/Soul Song
Best Rap Album
Best Rap Artist-Group
Best Rap Song
Best Rock Album
Best Rock Artist-Group
Best Rock Song
Best Ska/Reggae Artist-Group **
Best Ska/Reggae Song **
Best World Music Artist-Group

General Interest Award Categories

Decided by Public Voting & Industry Judge Scoring
Do Good Award: A Wammies DMV Region individual or organization (artist, musician, band, or institution) that has championed a social cause that benefits the DMV music community as a whole.

Best Music Video: (New for 2023) Presented for the best video representation of a nominated song. Video must be:viewable through a publicly searchable platform such as YouTube or Vimeo (eg. must be “public” meaning it can be searched for and found, not just “unlisted” which requires having the direct link). for music that was linked in an eligible nomination for one of the Best Song, Best Artist-Group, or Best Album nominees for this year’s Wammie Awards.

Music Media Award: A Wammies DMV Region media entity, website, platform, or social media account that has excelled in enriching, educating, and entertaining via regional content delivery methods.

Best Music Studio: A music recording studio within our regional community that has actively produced music in the eligible award year.

Best Music Venue: A music venue, nightclub, or restaurant from our regional community that has actively hosted live performances in the eligible award year.

Best Youth Artist-Group: (New for 2023) A performing artist or group that is made up of youth 18 years of age or younger. All music genres are eligible for this award. Artists/Groups nominated in other award categories ARE ALSO ELIGIBLE to be nominated for Best Youth Artist-Group. Member(s) of this Artist-Group must all have been under 18 years of age during all, or part, of this Wammie eligibility year. Must meet all other eligibility criteria. Parent/guardian permission is required to win.

Community Interest Award Categories

Decided by The MusicianShip
DC Hitmaker Award: Given to a native DMV-based recording artist whose overarching body of work has been embraced by a worldwide scope of music enthusiasts and emerging musicians and whose repertoire and collaboration with a variety of well-noted entertainers continue to uplift the DMV music community. 

Music Educator Award, Presented by DCPS: Presented to a teaching professional from our public school system whose unwavering commitment and noteworthy accomplishments in music education, curriculum development, and mentorship, have changed the life trajectory of aspiring youths, some of whom are from the region's most marginalized communities.  

Music Advocacy Award:
Presented to an individual whose ongoing contributions effectively amplify awareness for changes in local legislation, public policy, and/ or equity in access that further engages the DMV’s regional music culture and its creative ecosystem,  while supporting a diverse scope of musicians, entertainers, and live performers. 

Music Trailblazer Award:
Given to A DMV Native whose evolving life's journey in the music arena has led to the ongoing commitment to creative excellence in music, film, or other live performance arts while making significant contributions to uplift and serve the community. The honoree is a shining example of "living local and achieving global."

Lifetime Achievement Award:
Bestowed upon an individual whose lifelong contribution to the DMV Music Community through advocacy, education, equity, live performance, and/or philanthropy. This honoree is a Music Industry Ambassador who for more than 30 years has been embraced by many and is considered an influencer to even more, blazing a path of opportunity for those who followed, and more important created a sound that serves as an anthem to the community and a legacy that has changed lives.

How the Award Categories Change Each Year

The Wammie Awards Committee adjusts the genre categories based on the activity in the music scene each year. There are up to 3 general types of awards given, Best Artist-Group, Song, & Album.
Modifying the categories awarded each year based on the community involved allows for: The Wammie Awards to react to the changing types of music that are being produced by artists locally in the DC Region’s music scene.

The Awards to be competitive & unbiased
Updated for 2023 –
Award categories will not be awarded which do not have a minimum of three (3) nominees.
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