The 2021 Virtual Wammie Awards were a smashing success. Music lovers and industry professionals alike tuned in for the event, hosted by WKYS’s Chey Parker, to see who took home a coveted Wammie for their work in 2020.
More than 60 categories were celebrated in this year’s show, spanning nearly 25 musical genres and 6 community impact awards. Guests were entertained with interactive events including a pre-show, red carpet, live DJ sets by DJ Mim, finalist interviews, a vendor expo, networking opportunities, and award winner announcements. Performers included Iza Flo & Crazy Legs (presented by Mars Arts DC), Josanne Frances & Chao Tian (presented by Strathmore), Elizabeth II, Kayla Waters, Noochie, and Teddy Chipouras. This year’s show was made possible by generous sponsors such as OCTFME, who was the Virtual Red Sponsor, Chuck Levin's Washington Music Center, Mars Arts DC, Strathmore, Eaton Workshop, and Thrivent Financial.
Notable winners included: Best Go-Go Song: DC’s own Rare Essence ft. Snoop Dogg, Best R&B Artist/Group: Kevin Ross (Duke Ellington Performing Arts Alum), Educator Award: Randi Levy, Best Pop Album: Brandon Showell of NBC’s The Voice (Season 13), Advocacy Award: Aaron Myers, Best Rock Song + Album: Flowerbomb II, Best Country/Americana Artist/Group: Karen Jonas (Multi-Wammie Winner).
“This year’s Wammie Awards was an incredibly special celebration of the talent and resilience of the DMV music community that also helped support future musicians through donations from our VIP ticket holders and text-to-give contributors. We’re proud and humbled that our community of supporters helped raise almost $8,500 toward The MusicianShip’s free youth music education programming,” said Jeffery Tribble, Jr., Executive Director of The MusicianShip.
Wammie Awards programming is provided by The MusicianShip, a D.C.-based nonprofit that is focused on ‘Changing Lives with Music’. Proceeds from the Wammie Awards help support The MusicianShip’s free-of-charge music programs that serve nearly 2000 youth and continues to be a resource for local D.C. artists and musicians. In addition to the Wammie Awards, The MusicianShip oversees the DC Funk Parade and The Washington Youth Choir.
More information can be found at WammiesDC.org.