Diving into January means it's time to find out who you'll be rooting for the 2014 OC Music Awards this year. The list of nominees announced today cover 22 of the 26 categories, including many of the usual suspects, some surprise new comers and superstar vs. local band match-ups we've come to know and love.
Still to come before the awards show on March 8 at the City National Grove of Anaheim are announcements for OC Impact and Lifetime Achievement honors on February 11, the Best Live Band Showcase Series finalists after the last Showcase on February 18, and The People's Choice Award nominees in March. More analysis on this roster of artists a little later. For now, we present your 2014 OCMA nominees. Full list after the jump.
2014 OC Music Awards Nominees (Nominees listed in alphabetical order per category)
Album of the Year - Must be released in 2013 Avenged Sevenfold - "Hail to the King" Jeramiah Red - "The Winter Tick" Kiev - "Falling Bough Wisdom Teeth" New Years Day - "Victim to Villain" Zebrahead - "Call Your Friends"
Song of the Year - Must be released in 2013 Annie McQueen - "Take Me Home" Avenged Sevenfold - "Hail to the King" The Colourist - "Little Games" Young the Giant - "It's About Time" Zebrahead - "Call Your Friends"
Best New Artist Big Monsta David & Olivia Mt. Ossa Tapioca and the Flea The Hicks Canyon Band
Best Alternative Iron Sharpens Iron Lit Sederra The Offspring Zebrahead
Best Blues Brother C & Sister J Jeramiah Red Parker Macy Blues Robert Jon and the Wreck Walter Trout
Best Club DJ Daniel Mihai aka DJ Thrifty Lips DJ Mikey P DJ Jeremiah Red DJ Kedd Cook Norin and Rad
Best Country/Americana Alice Wallace Annie McQueen Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys David & Olivia Moonsville Collective
Best Electronic BLOK FREE THE ROBOTS Kalva Won Lobo Incognito Sonny Spectrum Best Folk David & Olivia Matt Costa Micah Brown The Ultimate Bearhug Vinnie & The Hooligans
Best Hip Hop Kevin Parx King of Somewhere Locally Grown Collective PWEST Speech Impediments
Best Indie Kiev The Colourist The Devious Means The Steelwells Young the Giant
More nominees on the next page Best Jazz Chris Williams Evan Stone Gina Saputo Nancy Sanchez Tony Guerrero
Best Latin Boogaloo Assasins Cat Mendez Nancy Sanchez Orquesta Cortez Signa
Best Metal Avenged Sevenfold Haster I, Of Helix Iron Sharpens Iron Stick To Your Guns
Best Pop Breach the Summit Gal Musette Nilu Stacy Clark Suburban Legends
Best Punk Audacity Red Devil Squadron Social Distortion The Adolescents The Garden
Best Rock Anna Vexa Jeramiah Red Neo Geo Robert Jon and the Wreck Well Hung Heart
Best Surf The Growlers The Mai Tais The Originalites Tomorrow's Tulips Wheeland Brothers
Best World Hooray for Our Side Reel Big Fish Seedless Solution The Dirty Heads
Best Music Producer Barrett Slagle Dallas Kruse Jon O'Brien Mitch Maanao Lewis Richards
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Best Music Video Avenged Sevenfold - "Hail to the King" Suburban Legends - "Kiss the Girl" The Growlers - "One Million Lovers" Well Hung Heart - "Bulls#!T" Young the Giant - "It's About Time"
Best Youth Artist A+ Dropouts Pop! Fiction Un D Vided Undecided Future Ugly Paint