Last month, we told you the Wisconsin Area Music Industry (aka “WAMI”) released a people’s choice ballot to let listeners select some winners for its April 17 awards ceremony taking place at Appleton’s Performing Arts Center. Today, the WAMI board issued its own nominations for the 2016 WAMIs and named three musicians to its Hall of Fame. Those HoF inductees include “The Tennessee Waltz” co-writer Pee Wee King, jazz pianist and composer Lyle Mays, and guitarist and Huey Lewis touring member Dave Steffens.

As the organization continues its upward climb to respectability and viability, a few of the categories seem to show an increased understanding or the state’s music climate. That said, Fox Cities buttrock staple Boxcar is up for both Album of the Year and Song of the Year, Milwaukee Ale House is nominated for Live Club/Venue of the Year, Happy Schnapps Combo and Squeezettes will face off for Polka Band of the Year honors, and Howl Street was snubbed for Recording Studio consideration by Makin’ Sausage Music, among others.

Take a look at the full list of nominees to see the names of people, places, and tribute bands who could be taking home hardware next month.

Artist of the Year
Kyle Megna & The Monsoons
Vinyl Theatre

Album of the Year
Maritime – Magnetic Bodies/Maps of Bones
The Lately – Old News
Boxkar – Five
GGOOLLDD – For The Night
Tenement – Predatory Headlights
Midnight Reruns – Force of Nurture
The Jimmys – Hot Dish
Klassik – Seasons

Song of the Year
Webster X (feat. Siren) – “Doomsday”
Maritime – “Satellite Love”
Tigernite – “Empire”
Kiings (feat. Rae Cassidy) – “Feel”
Boxkar – “I’m Over You”
The Lately – “Old News”

Male Vocalist
Rich Hoffman
Christopher Szebeni
Kyle Megna
Tony Goff
Travis Schinke
Lucas Cates
Michael Brigham
Michael Sean

Female Vocalist
Annie Buege
Molly Lux
Alexis Walton
Amy Jo Doty
Stephanie Vogt
Jen Schafer
Erin Krebs
Amileigha Blue
Chanel LeMeaux

Alternative Rock/Rock Artist
Field Report 
The Family Business
Life in a Tree
Dr. Chow’s Love Medicine
The Lately
The Delta Routine
Meghan Rose & The Bones

Dead Horses
The WhiskeyBelles
Horseshoes & Hand Grenades
Mad Polecats
The Ditchrunners
The Mascot Theory

Blues Artist
Big ‘n Tasty
Reverend Raven & The Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys
The Jimmy’s
Aaron Williams & The Hoodoo
Katz Sass
Altered Five
Paul Filipowicz
The Blues Disciples

Masonic Wonders
Night Divine
David Nunley

Country Artist
The Pat Watters Band
Rebel Grace
Bella Cain
Spitfire Rodeo
Raised Reckless
Grand Union
Madison County
Georgia Overdrive

Cover Artist
Boogie & The Yo-yo’z
The Presidents
Cherry Pie
Rabid Aardvarks
The Now
Ask Your Mother

Whiskey of the Damned
Killarney Blarney and The Paddy Wagon
The Kissers
John Stano
Coventry Jones

Hard Rock/Metal
Red Light Saints
Burial Ritual
Living Several Deaths
Lords of the Trident
Moon Curse

Jazz Artist
The Jazz Orgy
Dick Eliot
Roxi Copland
Jack Grassel and Jill Jensen
Jamie Lynn Fletcher
Randi Fay

The Squeezettes
Happy Schnapps Combo
Vern & the Originals
Rhythm Playboys
Gary’s Ridgeland Dutchmen

Pop Rock Artist
The Middle Ground
Green Screen Kid
Sexy Ester
Vinyl Theatre
The Vitrolum Republic

Hip Hop/Rap Artist
Handz Onn
Webster X
Rob DZ
New Age Narcissism
Queen Tut

R&B/Soul Artist
Milwaukee Soul
The People Brothers Band
Tweed Funk
Shonn Hinton & Shotgun
Charles Walker Band
Keep’n It Clean

Max & The Invaders
De La Buena
King Solomon
Natty Nation
Salsa Manzana

Club DJ/Dance/Electronic
The Demix
DJ G-Spot
Aubrey Lee

Horn/Big Band
Cold Sweat and The Brew City Horns
WiFEE and the HUZzBAND
Big Mouth & The Power Tool Horns
Extra Crispy Brass Band
All-Star SUPERBand
The Jimmys
Hip Pocket
The Bill Sargent Big Band

Tribute Band
Separate Ways
The Prince Experience
No Quarter
Project Pink
Almighty Vinyl
Metal Men
Billy Bon Scott
The Rush Tribute Project

Bass Player
Matthew Wilson
Timm Buechler
Jon Wheelock
Dan Wolfe
Jeff Hammes
Andrew Mertens
Derek Nechuta
Nicholas Rodello

Mike Underwood
Mark Budwit
Josh Rudolph
Scott Berendt
Logan Penington
Mark Marsh
Quinton Kufahl
Pat Wydeven

Guitar Player
JD Optekar
Brad Warning
Wade Fernandez
Jason Busse
Mike Hoffman
Michael Brandenburg
Peter Mac
Dan Johnston

Keyboard Player
Jimmy Voegeli
Raymond Tevich
Jamie Lynn Fletcher
Thomas Pibal
Sam McClain
Alex Drossart
Aaron Zinsmeister

Reeds/Brass Player
Andrew Spadafora
Stephen Cooper
Ross Catterton
Jake Crowe
John Vollmar
Mary Rodgers
Michelle Jerabek
Dan Zaffrann

Strings Player
Peter Thomas
Kimmy Unger
Wendy Lynn Staats
Stephanie Tschech
Adria Ramos
Joe Ketchum

Studio of the Year
Rock Garden Studio
Cherry Pit Studios
Studio H
Cave Studios MKE
Makin’ Sausage Music
Trax 52 Recording Studio

Studio Engineer of the Year
Tony Anders
Marc Golde
Joe Hite
Sam Farrell
Gary Tanin
George Renner

Live Engineer Sound/Lights
Paul Hanson
Todd Dorschner
Jason Lueck
Kelly Klaus
Trevor Powers
Mike Freeland
Kurt Reffke
Todd Fink

Live Club/Venue
Linneman’s Riverwest Inn
Milwaukee Ale House
Shank Hall
Vinnie’s Rock Bottom Saloon & Eatery
High Noon Saloon
Mill Creek
Short Branch Saloon
Headliner’s Bar and Grill

Rising Star
Genevieve Heyward
Jonah Roth
Parker Collar
Blake Welhouse
The Healy Sisters
Generation Z

Nora Collins
Sam Luna
Annette Bzdawka
Kurt Gunn
Ryan McIntyre
Jay Matthes
Rob Anthony
Jason Moon

New Artist
Andi & Alex
Pam The Bear
Party Anthem
Strip ‘D: An Acoustic Trip Back To The 80’s
Sunset Trip

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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.