Who Should We Nominate for a 2013 Dallas Observer Music Award?

It's time once again to start work on the Dallas Observer Music Awards -- the city's only opportunity to win a drinkable trophy*. This year's award ceremony will be held on November 5, and the Music Showcase that accompanies it will be the Saturday before that: November 2.

There will plenty between now and then -- plenty of discussion, plenty of music, plenty of drinking. But first, we need to figure out who will earn a spot on this year's ballot. And for that, we'd love your input.

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So tell us in the comments below what musicians, venues and industry types have fed your musical appetites in the past year. Important: This is not a public vote. This is a dictatorial process. We'll weigh some opinions higher than others and make plenty of decisions you'll think are arbitrary. And you may be right.

But it is also a thorough process, so in the interest of overturning all the stones, please tell us about your girlfriend's DJ night or your roommate's country band.

*I don't actually know if this year's trophy will be drinkable. But it will be strange, and that's all that really matters.

We'll announce the finalists in early October. Here are this year's categories:

2013 Dallas Observer Music Awards Categories

Best Group Act

Best Solo Act

Best New Release

Best New Act

Best Vocalist

Best Guitarist

Best Bassist

Best Drummer

Best Keyboardist

Best Blues Act

Best Country Act

Best Alt-Country Act

Best Americana Act

Best Electronic Act

Best Experimental/Noise Act

Best Folk Act

Best Funk/R&B Act

Best Hardcore Act

Best Jazz Act

Best Latin/Tejano Act

Best Metal Act

Best Pop Act

Best Punk Act

Best Rock Act

Best Rap/Hip-Hop Act

Best Cover Band

Best DJ

Best Producer

Best Weekly DJ Night

Best Song

Best Music Video

Best Concert

Best Label

Best Live Music Venue

Best New Live Music Venue

Best Talent Buyer

Best Record Store

Best Radio Show

Best Festival

Best Poster Artist

Best Music Blog

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