The 36th annual Wisconsin Area Music Industry Awards (or WAMIs, if you’re nasty) took over Appleton’s Performing Arts Center Sunday night, and what a night it was. WebsterX, IshDARR, Midnight Reruns, Kiings, and Boogie & The Yo-yo’z won big at the big ceremony. Dave Steffen, Lyle Mays, and Pee Wee King were inducted into the WAMI Hall of Fame, and Styx was inducted into the Global “Honorary” Hall of Fame for some reason. Oh, and recent bobblehead recipient Roosevelt “Freeway” McCarter took home a People’s Choice award for “Best Fan” in the Southeast category, because why not. Weird.

Here’s the full list of winners:

Artist of the Year: WebsterX

Album of the Year: Midnight Reruns, Force Of Nurture

Song of the Year: Kiings (feat. Rae Cassidy), “Feel”

Female Vocalist: Amileigha Blue

Male Vocalist: Rich Hoffman

New Artist: IshDARR

Singer/Songwriter: Jason Moon

Rising Star: Jonah Roth

Alternative Rock/Rock Artist: The Lately

Bluegrass/Americana: The Ditchrunners

Blues Artist: The Blues Disciples

Christian/Gospel: Koine

Country Artist: Rebel Grace

Cover Artist: Boogie & The Yo-yo’z

Folk/Celtic: Whiskey Of The Damned

Hard Rock/Metal: Red Light Saints, Evoked

Jazz Artist: Roxi Copland

Polka: Rhythm Playboys

Pop Rock Artist: Vinyl Theatre

Hip Hop/Rap Artist: WebsterX

R&B/Soul Artist: Shonn Hinton & Shotgun

World/Reggae/Ska: Max & The Invaders

Club DJ/Dance/Electronic: Kiings

Horn/Big Band: The Jimmys

Tribute Band: Metal Men

Bass Player: Timm Buechler

Drummer: Mark Marsh

Guitar Player: Brad Warning

Keyboard Player: Jamie Lynn Fletcher

Reeds/Brass Player: Stephen Cooper

Strings Player: Stephanie Tschech

Studio of the Year: Makin’ Sausage Music

Studio Engineer of the Year: Sam Farrell

Live Engineer Sound/Lights: Mike Freeland

Live Club/Venue: Headliner’s Bar and Grill

President’s Award: Len Nelson (105.7 WAPL)


People’s Choice Awards

(Northeast)
Artist: Hyde
Fan: Kim Fleischman
Venue: Mill Creek
Radio Station: WIXX 101.1
Music Teacher: Jason Busse

(Northwest)
Artist: Spicy Tie Band
Venue: Live On Main
Radio Station: WDEZ 101.9
Music Teacher: Charlene Kennebeck

(Southeast)
Artist: Cowboy Up
Fan: Roosevelt McCarter
Venue: The Metal Grill
Radio Station: 88.9 Radio Milwaukee
Music Teacher: Derek Machan

(Southwest)
Artist: That Pat Watters Band
Fan: Christy Harvey
Venue: Vinnie’s Rock Bottom
Radio Station: 96.3 Star Country
Music Teacher: Kathy Wacker