Last night, the 35th annual Wisconsin Area Music Industry (a.k.a. “WAMI”) Awards came to Turner Hall. Those who shelled out $35 to attend—or an unthinkable $59.99 or $99.99 for single and couple VIP passes, respectively—saw homegrown heavy-hitters Phox, Field Report, GGOOLLDD, The Delta Routine, and Judas Priest (wait, what?) taking home trophies. Meanwhile, Sigmund Snopek, Plasticland, and The Robbs earned enshrinement in the WAMI Hall Of Fame.

Love them, hate them, or not give a shit about them, the WAMIs show no signs of going away. Though Judas Priest’s “Global Honorary Hall Of Fame” nod is puzzling, and The Happy Schnapps Combo was robbed in the Polka category, and the award-winning “venue” is actually a sports bar in Menasha without a stage, it’s hard to dislike in-state musicians getting some positive attention. Here’s the entire list of winners, via the Journal Sentinel.

Artist of the Year: PHOX

Album of the Year: Marigolden, Field Report

Song of the Year: “Gold,” GGOOLLDD

Female Vocalist: Shaun Marie

Male Vocalist: Paul Lent

New Artist: GGOOLLDD

Pop Rock: Doozey

Alternative: The Delta Routine

Hard Rock/Metal: Conniption

Blues: Reverend Raven & the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys

Bluegrass/Americana: Horseshoes & Hand Grenades

Rap/Hip-Hop: WebsterX

Jazz: Vivo

Rising Star: Hannah Mrozak

Country: Pat Watters Band

Soul/R&B: Tweed Funk

World: De La Buena

Folk/Celtic: Reilly

Tribute: The Prince Experience

Cover Band: Consult the Briefcase

Christian/Gospel: Masonic Wonders

Singer-Songwriter: Christopher Gold

Horn/Big Band: Vic Ferrari Symphony on the Rocks

Polka: The Squeezettes

Club DJ: Kiings

Drummer: Alan Arber

Guitarist: Bill House

Keyboard Player: Jimmy Voegeli

Bass: Evan Paydon

Reeds: Andy Spadafora

Strings: Peter Thomas

Studio: Cherry Pit

Engineer: Tony Anders and Eric LaBrosse

Live Venue: Stone Toad

Hall of Fame: Sigmund Snopek III, the Robbs, Plasticland

Global Honorary Hall of Fame: Judas Priest

President’s Award: James McMahon

WAMI People’s Choice Winners

Southwest: Pat Watters Band (band); Kathy Wacker (teacher); WCOW-FM (radio); Fawn Creek Winery (venue)

Northwest: Brian McLaughlin (band and teacher); WYTE-FM (radio); Hodag (venue)

Northeast: Diamond & Steel (band); Mark Budwit (teacher); WAPL-FM (radio); JJ Maloneys (venue)

Southeast: Rabid Aardvarks (band); Derek Machan (teacher); WYMS-FM (radio); Cue Club of Wisconsin (venue)

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Tyler Maas
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Before co-founding Milwaukee Record, Tyler Maas wrote for virtually every Milwaukee publication (except Wassup! Magazine). He lives in Bay View and enjoys both stuff and things.