As we’ve previously mentioned, the 40th WAMI Award Show was postponed in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. After a lengthy delay, it was finally able to take place on Sunday, October 17, 2021 at Turner Hall Ballroom.

Beyond the awards portion of the event, the 40th WAMI Awards featured performances from Kevn Kinney, Semi-Twang, The Esquires II, Kim Zick’s A Salute To Viola Smith, Bad Boy, Betsy Ade & The Well-Known Strangers, The Docksiders, TAE, Almost Vinyl, and Big Spoon. Semi-Twang, Viola Smith, Kevn Kinney, and The Esquires were inducted into the WAMI Hall of Fame, while Eddie Butts, Vic Thomas, Marilynn Mee, Gary Shaw, and the Madison Area Music Association were added to the WAMI Wall of Honor.

As for the long-awaited WAMI Award winners, plaques were given to (or will be given to, if they weren’t in attendance) the likes of Buffalo Gospel, Klassik, IfIHadAHiFi, Rose Of The West, Something To Do, DJ Bizzon, The Saloon On Calhoun (of course), Marielle Allschwang & The Visitations, and many other musicians, venues, radio stations, and music fans from Milwaukee and various other parts of Wisconsin.

Here’s the full list of winners, via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

Artist of the year: Unity The Band

Album of the year: “Power Petting,” Black Belt Theatre

Song of the year: “Love Lies Bleeding,” Rose of the West

New artist of the year: 7000apart

Male vocalist of the year: Bobby Rouse

Female vocalist of the year: Jennifer Schafer

Singer-songwriter of the year: Kurt Gunn

Rising Star of the year: Lilie Fouts

Alternative rock artist: Marielle Allschwang & the Visitations

Bluegrass/Americana artist: Them Coulee Boys

Christian/gospel artist: Samuel Elias

Blues artist: The Jay Stulo Band

Country artist: Buffalo Gospel

Cover artist: Almighty Vinyl

Folk/Celtic artist: The Roving Scallywags

Hard Rock artist: Last Crack

Metal artist: Morta Skuld

Punk artist: IfIHadAHiFi

Jazz artist: Mr. Chair

Polka artist: Stas Venglevski

Pop-rock artist: Rose of the West

Hip-hop/rap artist: Klassik

R&B/soul artist: Bryon Cherry

World/reggae/ska/Latin: Something to Do

Club/DJ/dance/electronic artist: DJ Bizzon

Horn/big band artist: Stephen Cooper and the Nobody Famous

Tribute artist: The Docksiders

Bass: Cedric LeMoyne

Drummer: Mike Malone

Guitarist: Sean Williamson

Keyboard: Joe Hite

Reeds/brass: Matt Antoniewicz

Strings: Tim McIlere

Best studio engineer/producer: Eric LaBrosse

Best recording studio: Kneeverland Productions

Best live club/venue: The Saloon on Calhoun

Best live engineer sound/lights: Craig Vetrone

President’s Award: Geoff Landon

Artist of the year (People’s Choice Southeast Quadrant): Tangled Lines

Radio station (People’s Choice Southeast Quadrant): 102.9 The Hog

Fan of the year (People’s Choice Southeast Quadrant): Brenda Blackhalo

Music teacher of the year (People’s Choice Southeast Quadrant): Marty Morgan

Music venue of the year (People’s Choice Southeast Quadrant): The Saloon on Calhoun

Artist of the year (People’s Choice Northeast Quadrant): That ’90s Band

Radio station (People’s Choice Northeast Quadrant): 101 WIXX

Fan of the year (People’s Choice Northeast Quadrant): Doris Budwit

Music teacher of the year (People’s Choice Northeast Quadrant): Renee Millard

Music venue of the year (People’s Choice Northeast Quadrant): Stone Toad Bar & Grill

Artist of the year (People’s Choice Northwest Quadrant): The Dweebs

Radio station (People’s Choice Northwest Quadrant): 92.9 The X

Fan of the year (People’s Choice Northwest Quadrant): Chris Evanston

Music teacher of the year (People’s Choice Northwest Quadrant): Victoria Shoemaker

Music venue of the year (People’s Choice Northwest Quadrant): Schuggy’s

Artist of the year (People’s Choice Southwest Quadrant): Cherry Pie

Radio station (People’s Choice Southwest Quadrant): 101.5 WIBA

Fan of the year (People’s Choice Southwest Quadrant): Kati Schirmer

Music teacher of the year (People’s Choice Southwest Quadrant): Tara Imhof

Music venue of the year: Fawn Creek Winery

Hall of Fame: Viola Smith, Semi-Twang, The Esquires, Kevn Kinney

Wall of Honor: Madison Area Music Association, Eddie Butts, Bob Babisch, Vic Thomas, Marilynn Mee, Gary Shaw

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