On Friday night, Offbeat Magazine hosted their annual Beat of the Beat Awards at Generations Hall, an event that brought together some of the best and most influential musicians in the city. Many came to perform – as the 7-hour affair featured two stages, two sets of star-studded tributes, and a lineup that spanned from Meschiya Lake to the Soundclash Allstars and Lyrikill – but all came to see whose contributions to the New Orleans musical landscape throughout 2010 was worthy of an award.
The big winner at the awards was Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, who took home five awards, including Artist and Album of the Year. Other multiple award winners included Dr. John, Anders Osborne, Kermit Ruffins, Big Freedia, John Boutte and Gal Holiday.
Winners are chosen completely based on a public vote, and this year’s online poll drew a record turnout. Other honorees include Happy Talk Band, greatest band in the universe Rotary Downs (who took home “Best Rock Album” for the epic Cracked Maps and Blue Reports), Honey Island Swamp Band, DJ Soul Sister, John Gros and the McDonogh 35 High School Gospel Choir.