The 37th annual Wisconsin Area Music Industry Awards (aka “WAMIs”) took over Milwaukee’s Turner Hall Ballroom Sunday night, and what a night it was. Those in attendance were treated to performances by The Pukes, NO/NO, The Prince Experience, and more. Vinyl Theatre, Dead Horses, Devil Met Contention, and, um, Rocky & Tara’s Nut Haus won big at the big ceremony. R&B singer Eric Benét, ’70s and ’80s blues band Short Stuff, and guitarist/singer Bryan Lee were inducted into the WAMI Hall of Fame. Oh, and Cherry Pie totally got robbed in the Cover Artist category.

Here’s the full list of winners:

Artist of the Year: Vinyl Theatre

Album of the Year: Dead Horses, Cartoon Moon

Song of the Year: Devil Met Contention, “Fire”

New Artist: J-Council

Female Vocalist: Sarah Vos

Male Vocalist: Travis Schinke, Erik Kjelland

Singer/Songwriter: Brett Newski

Rising Star: Eminence

Alternative Rock/Rock Artist: Kyle Megna & The Monsoons

Bluegrass/Americana: Dead Horses

Blues Artist: Big N’ Tasty Blues

Christian/Gospel: Night Divine

Country Artist: Driveway Thriftdwellers

Cover Artist: Almighty Vinyl

Folk/Celtic: Sugar Ransom

Hard Rock: Imperial Fall

Metal: Conniption

Punk: The Pukes

Jazz Artist: The Jazz Orgy

Polka: The Squeezettes

Pop Rock Artist: GGOOLLDD

Hip Hop/Rap Artist: IshDARR

R&B/Soul Artist: Tweed Funk

World/Reggae/Ska/Latin: King Solomon

Club DJ/Dance/Electronic: Melvv

Horn/Big Band: Cold Sweat & The Brew City Horns

Tribute: The Prince Experience

Bass Player: Jeff Hammes

Drummer: Mike Underwood

Guitar Player: Bill Heck

Keyboard Player: Aaron Zinsmeister

Reeds/Brass Player: Michelle Jerabek

Strings Player: Thea Morton Voraass

Best Studio Engineer/Producer: Geoff Wilbourn

Best Recording Studio: Rock Garden

Best Live Club/Venue: The Saloon on Calhoun

Best Live Engineer Sound/Lights: Jeremy Boerson

President’s Award: Marc Solheim


Band: Hyde
Fan: Chris & Anita Holloman
Venue: Rocky & Tara’s Nut Haus
Radio Station: WAPL 105.7
Music Teacher: Mark Budwit

Band: Spicy Tie Band
Fan: Penny Perot
Venue: Live On Main
Radio Station: WIEC-LP 102.7
Music Teacher: Brad Burrell

Band: The Playlist
Fan: Cindee May
Venue: The Saloon On Calhoun
Radio Station: 102.9 The Hog
Music Teacher: Derek Machan

Band: Pat Watters Band
Fan: Mark Breunig
Venue: Fawn Creek Winery
Radio Station: 97.1 WCOW
Music Teacher: Kathy Wacker