Wammie awards to honor area musicians Sunday night

Local musicians will be honored at the 26th annual Washington Area Music Association awards celebration Sunday night.

The ceremonies begin at 8 p.m. at the State Theatre in Falls Church. Nominees, chosen by the associations members, include rapper Fat Trel, hip-hop group Gods’illa, the Caribbean and band Black Alley.

WAMA members embrace various musical styles including bluegrass, jazz and go-go; members are musicians, concert promoters, lawyers, recording engineers, managers, graphic artists and businesses related to the industry. Winner’s typically reflect the membership.

“But taking a look at this year’s ballot, it’s hard not to come to the conclusion that WAMA is at least trying to break outside of its comfort zone and embrace newer artists,” David Malitz wrote in January in Click Track, the Washington Post’s pop music blog. “WAMA has always appeared to be a fairly insular organization — the awards are voted on by its own members (anyone can join for $35-per-year) and the nominees and winners, predictably, reflect the membership.

According to WAMA’s Web site, past Wammie participants include singer/songwriter Emmylou Harris, guitarist/singer Joan Jett, guitarist/singer/songwriter Bo Diddley and folk/country music artist Mary Chapin Carpenter.

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