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Last Tuesday, Radio Milwaukee released the full list of finalists for the 2021 Radio Milwaukee Music Awards after receiving more than 3,600 votes from online voters this year. The Radio Milwaukee Music Awards began in 2007 and releases community-voted awards for Milwaukee musicians each year. Here is a recap of this year’s finalists:
album of the year
Born in Houston and raised in Milwaukee, Buffalo Nichols is a contemporary blues artist who brings music 1950s to life in its self-titled debut Buffalo Nichols album. All eight songs feature Nichols’ soulful vocals and soulful guitar riffs.
Gego y Nony are brothers who sing Latin urban music. “Tiempo”, which means “time” in Spanish, is a bilingual album written on the concept of time and love.
Trapper Schoepp’s third solo album, “May Day,” is upbeat and celebrates spring and the natural world. The medley’s rock guitar and character-driven lyrics pay homage to artists like Bob Dylan and Neil Young.
Emmy-nominated artist Genesis Renji’s “EDEN” album encapsulates love and longing in six hip-hop songs. His tracks also reference religion and pain through slow rhythms and lyrics that express longing.
Grace Weber’s debut album incorporates her angelic vocals with relaxing beats and features Grammy Award-winning artist Chance the Rapper in his song “Thru the Fire.” The sixteen songs are a variety of catchy riffs and heartfelt lyrics.
Song of the Year
Gego Y Nony returns with another nomination for his most popular song, with 4,890 streams on Spotify. “Reloj,” which means “clock” in Spanish, is a bubbly, fast-paced song about valuing time spent with a loved one.
Jabril Yousef is an indie-pop artist whose Spotify biography defines them as “born in Los Angeles. MKE does. non-binary. abolitionist”. Their 2021 track, “Wild Love,” revels in acoustic guitar and techno beats, with lyrics about self-love and adventure.
WebsterX is an alternative rap singer/songwriter who writes his own lyrics and works with various producers to craft indie rock and hip-hop beats. His “Huffy” rap jam is thoughtful and is about politics, media corruption and nostalgia for a simple moment.
This five-piece alternative rock band hones powerful guitar chords and solos with commanding vocals. “Checker Drive” reveals influences from Blink-182 and Green Day.
This electric duo mixes funk and pop in unique and upbeat tracks. Vincent Van Great’s soft, deep voice contrasts perfectly with Amanda Huff’s high-pitched, seductive vocals in this groovy love song.
Solo Artist of the Year
Valerie Lighthart is a pop artist who mixes visual arts and music. Her songs are laced with expectations of gender and femininity. His musical style weaves smooth vocals with booming bass and percussion to create immersive songs.
Lakeyah is a hip-hop artist/rapper known for her explicit, high-energy tracks with witty lyrics. She started rapping at the age of 15. One of her most popular songs, “Female Goat,” features famed Miami hip-hop duo City Girls.
Group of the year
This Latin hip-hop duo, consisting of Cristo Paz and El Sebas, make bilingual music influenced by their experiences as Mexican Americans. The duo’s Caribbean sounds are driving beats and their single “Mil Aires” won Radio Milwaukee Song of the Year last year.
Negative/Positive’s original lyrics and hard rock instrumentals spawn feminist anthems and sweet love songs. The founding members of the indie-pop group met at Girls Rock Milwaukee camp in 2013 when they weren’t even ten years old.
Moonglow straddles the genres of R&B, soul and punk. Their self-titled album, “Moonglow” has unparalleled variety. The band’s jazzy, lo-fi tracks encompass relaxing vibes and stunning vocals.
From blues to rap, Radio Milwaukee and the voters of Milwaukee really have it all covered with their finalists. Stay tuned for December 15, when Radio Milwaukee will announce and celebrate the winners with a special. broadcast.
This story was written by Clare Lindstrom. She can be reached at email@example.com