First, a big thanks to everyone who participated in the nomination process for the first annual Orlando Music News OMNi Awards. The response was huge. In fact, the response was so huge – nearly 2000 nominations were submitted – I’ve had to modify the actual voting process a little bit.
Instead of just picking the top five nomination-getters in each category, I decided to include all of the entries that collectively gathered 50% of the nominations submitted in each category. Picking just five entries in each category – when there were so many more than that who garnered huge numbers of nominations – just didn’t seem very fair. The whole idea of a nominations process is to get the best stuff out there for a vote, and this seemed the best way to do it. The result is that each category has a rather large number of possibilities (which I’ve listed in alphabetical order), but since readers of Orlando Music News are so savvy, I don’t think that’ll be a problem.
Which brings me to the very last category: General Awesomeness. There were quite a few bands/artists who received many nominations across multiple categories, but not enough in any one category to reach that 50% threshold. Again, it didn’t seem fair to exclude them when they clearly inspired so many people to nominate them, so I rounded up the top 20 nomination-getters who didn’t make it into any other category and put them in the General Awesomeness category; that is the only category where you can vote for more than one artist or band.
Oh yeah, I apologize for the confusion about “Best Old Band.” I was trying to delineate between “Best New Band” and “Best Band That Is Not A New Band,” and “Best Old Band” seemed the easiest way to do that. Well, it wasn’t: It yielded quite a few nominations for bands that don’t exist anymore (you guys really miss Band Marino!), but I didn’t include those.
OK, enough of that blahblahblah: VOTING ENDS 11:59 p.m., TUESDAY, JULY 12, SO GO VOTE (after the jump):
Voting is closed. See the winners here.