"Best Local Zydeco New Orleans Jazz Artist." "Best Use of Lasers at a Show." "Best Joni Cover Band."
Yes, we asked for category suggestions that we could add to next year's Indy Music Awards ballot, and we got them.
In addition to all of the above, readers who made it to the bottom of the ballot asked for "Best Bunny Band Name" (which, at the rate we're going, may be a viable category by next summer), "Best Venue" (probably won't happen anytime soon, since our focus is on the music itself), and "Best Cellist" (see "Best Bunny Band Name").
One respondent said we should "Remove 'Cover Bands' because who fucking cares?" (Well, musicians who actually want to make a living, for one.) Others advised us to separate out currently combined categories (specifically "Blues/R&B" and "Country/Bluegrass"). Someone also suggested "CATS," but I'm not sure what that means.
Unfortunately, there isn't enough room to list them all — actually, you wouldn't want us to — but here's the best of the rest. Tune in next year to see which ones make the cut.
The Good: "Best Singer/Songwriter," "Best Live Performer," "Best Engineer/Producer"
The Bad: "Hottest Groupie," "Halloween Band," "Karaoke Deejay"
The Ugly/Unhinged: "Bands That Should Break Up," "Douchebag Rock," "Best Wayne Gretzky-Themed Rock Opera Featuring Vocals by Vince Neil"