By Kelly Dearmore
By Jim Schutze
By Rachel Watts
By Lauren Drewes Daniels
By Anna Merlan
By Lee Escobedo
By Alice Laussade
Where did these nominees come from again?
In February we asked readers to fill out an online-only ballot to nominate their favorite artists for the Dallas Observer Music Awards. (Because it was online, we were able to spot ballot-stuffing easier. Long story. Ask someone who understands.)
That's different, I guess. Did it work?
I think the ballot is a fairly accurate reflection of the current scene, in which a metal act like A Dozen Furies sits alongside a Brit-pop band like Radiant* for best overall act.
Bands like Eisley and The Polyphonic Spree, who normally sweep these things, made a smaller showing than usual. I suspect voters made the same assumption: that everyone else would vote for them. There are some disappointments, too, like Pleasant Grove and The Deathray Davies not being nominated. Then again, big-draw bands the paper tends to neglect--like The Feds and Olospo--got their due.
Why do some categories have five nominations and some have six?
Different reasons. Sometimes there was a tie. Sometimes adding a sixth nominee meant an artist who might otherwise be left out could be included. I'm a softie like that.
Where's Reverend Horton Heat? Where's Erykah Badu?
I made an executive decision to retire them to the DOMA Super Badass Hall of Fame. I'm sure I could swing some kind of certificate, should they want one.
When does voting begin?
The first ballot appears in the March 31 issue. As always, you can vote online, too.
When are the awards?
Tuesday, May 3, at the fabulous Granada Theater.
Can I borrow some money?
Sure, kid. Here's a 20.