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Rap and Hip Hop are next with 9 nominations this quarter. The genre is tied with Rock, which also had 9 nominees. We are now in the major genres, where each quarter produces a full final lineup. Needless to say there will be a lot of editing. Let's get to it.
Beacon Light - Open Eyes
CJ Emulous - Light It Up
Fedel - Flaw
J Han - Tower Ivory
Illuminate - Charismata
KB - Tomorrow We Live
SPEC - Vacancy
Roy Tosh - Death Before Love
Various - Holy Hip Hop, Volume 19
There is only one other comment. The artist J Han belongs to a rising crop of Korean Rappers (stop laughing, at least it's not Swedish Polka Artists). Anyway I listened to the album and I thought it was more R&B than Hip Hop, but that is how the label wants it. Either way it's a good album. Rock Is Next. Until then, I am Awaiting Your Reply.
The Adult Contemporary Genre had a good third quarter. If this were the finals they would have a complete bracket filled out, as we try to have seven final nominees. We wont waste any time with small talk. Here are the contenders:
Chris August - The Maker
Brad and Rebekah - All You've Done
Dan Bremnes - Where The Light Is EP
Dan Bremnes - Where The Light Is
Lauren Daigle - How Can It Be
Finding Favor - Reborn
Jon Guerra - Little Songs
We've got things rolling again. Next up is Gospel, which also had seven entries this quarter. Until next time, I am Awaiting Your Reply.
The 3rd Quarter of 2015 is in the bag. The Temperatures are heating up and so is the competition for the honor that is #PlatVnyl6. There were no eligible entries (that I know of, others could be discovered) for Children's Music, Dance/Synthpop, and Remix this quarter. We also combine genres that had too few entrants to merit a seperate post. This quarter we are combining Folk/Folk Rock, Instrumental, Electronic/Industrial, and Hard Rock/Heavy Metal. The combined genres amount to 10 potential nominees. So from least to greatest here we go.
Kings Kaleidoscope - Becoming Who We Are (Instrumental)
NYVES - Anxiety
Rapture Ruckus - Invader Deluxe
Sandra McCracken - Psalms
Shane and Shane - The Worship Initiative
Joy Williams - Venus
Hard Rock/Heavy Metal
August Burns Red - Found In Far Away Places
Haste The Day - Coward
The Ongoing Concept - Handmade
Wolves at the Gate - Reprise EP
While all these made the initial pool, their fate is uncertain. Especially ones like Joy Williams and The Ongoing Concept. They are on the bubble with a 4.50 rating. We are on our way. Until next time, I am Awaiting Your Reply
We have completed three quarters of the #PlatVnyl6 Eligibility Year. Soon we will be rolling out the announcements of the final nominees. But let's not rush things just yet. We still have one quarter to go. But first up we close out the third quarter of 2015 with the June edition of Night Beat Rewind. There were no singles released in June, so we move on to our second section, those EP's and full albums which
Missed The Mark
Various Artists - Oceans: A Worship Experience 3.75 Emeralds
With only a single entry deemed to fall outside the pool this month it would seem that we are softening. Of course, we shall always see how many releases from the semi-precious metal section make it into the finals. We move on to the cream of the crop, or what we call
Pure Platinum Perfection
Lifehouse - Out of The Wasteland 5 Emeralds
NYVES - Anxiety 5 Emeralds
Another good sign is the presence of only two perfect albums this month. Things appear normal. Now we go to those releases in the middle, or as we call them here:
Semi Precious Metal
As One - As One 4.50 Emeralds
Attalus - Into The Sea 4.50 Emeralds
August Burns Red - Found In Far Away Places 4.75 Emeralds
Brad and Rebekah - All You'v Done 4.75 Emeralds
Dan Bremnes - Where The Light Is 4.75 Emeralds
David Dunn - Crystal Clear 4.75 Emeralds
Finding Favor - Reborn 4.75 Emeralds
Ghost Ship - Costly 4.50 Emeralds
Jonathan David and Melissa Helger - On The Shores 4.75 Emeralds
House of Peace - Into The Great Unknown 4.50 Emeralds
Kings Kaleidoscope - Live In Focus EP 4.75 Emeralds
Chris McClarney - Everything and Nothing Less (Live) 4.50 Emeralds
John Mark and Sarah McMillan - You Are The Avalanche 4.75 Emeralds
Onething Live - Shout Your Name 4.50 Emeralds
The Ongoing Concept - Handmade 4.50 Emeralds
Populis - EP 4.75 Emeralds
Matt Redman - Unbroken Praise 4.75 Emeralds
Marvin Sapp - You Shall Live 4.75 Emeralds
See The Rise - Exposures 4.75 Emeralds
Richard Smallwood - Anthology Live 4.50 Emeralds
Roy Tosh - Death Before Love 4.50 Emeralds
Various Artists - Four Blood Moons Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 4.50 Emeralds
Various Artists - Holy Hip Hop, Volume 19 4.75 Emeralds
Joy Williams - Venus 4.50 Emeralds
That finishes off June. Some of these releases I would have loved to rate higher, but they just didn't do it. Especially Joy Williams coming off the Civil Wars breakup. I will forgo links for now, but they will be updated soon. Until next time, I Am Awaiting Your Reply.
The end of the #PlatVnyl5 Video awards is upon us. Only one award before the coveted Video Of The Year is handed out. Video by a Female Artist is first. The nominees were: Forever by Kari Jobe; Heartbeat by Beckah Shae; No Better U by V.Rose; Running With The Boys by Lights; and When The Crazy Kicks In by Francesca Battistelli. And the winner was: Running With The Boys
Finally we come to Video Of The Year. We had 7 entries in this category, where we usually try to keep things to five for the videos. The nominees were: Felix Culpa by Kings Kaleidoscope; Forever by Kari Jobe; Heartbeat by Beckah Shae; Heartbeat by Sumerlin; Ready, Aim by Mali Music; Relief by Wolves At The Gate; and When The Crazy Kicks In by Francesca Battistelli. And the #PlatVnyl5 Video of The Year is and was: Forever.
And that concludes the blog announcement of the #PlatVnyl5 Music Video Awards. All that really remains is to update all the awards on the winners page. Keep it locked here, though, because #PlatVnyl6 has turned the final corner, and we are racing toward the close of the eligibility year. Until next time, I am Awaiting Your Reply.
We are finishing up the Genre Based Videos today and beginning to move into the General Field Section as it is commonly called. We begin with Hard Rock/Metal Video of The Year. And the nominees were: All Rise by Wovenwar; Chaos Theory by War of Ages; Lamb of God by Bloodgood; No More Hell To Pay by Stryper; and Relief by Wolves at The Gate. And the winner is a Relief. The Rock Video of the Year award wraps up the #PlatVnyl5 Genre based Video Awards. The nominees were: Battle Dancing Unicorns With Glitter by Five Iron Frenzy; Disconnected by Veridia; Heartbeat by Sumerlin; Painkiller by The Letter Black; and Radical by Disciple. And the winner is Heartbeat by Sumerlin. We move on to the General Field selection. The first award here was Video by A Male Artist; and the nominees were: Good by Dave Barnes; I Found You by Anthony Evans; I'm Turnt by Lecrae; Ready, Aim by Mali Music; and In Crowd by Rapture Ruckus. And the winner was: Ready, Aim. That concludes this post. The final two video awards will be announced tomorrow. Until then, I am Awaiting Your Reply.
We are moving right along through the Video Awards Announcements here on the blog. Today we begin with Dance-Synthpop Video of The Year. The nominees for #PlatVnyl5 were: Heartbeat by Beckah Shae; #LITO by Press Play; Love Somebody by Charmaine; Running With The Boys by Lights; and Sway With Me by Archer's Rise. And the winner was Heartbeat by Beckah Shae. The nominees for Electronic-Industrial Video of The Year were: Crash Down by Satellites and Sirens; Headphones by Color Theory; In Crowd by Rapture Ruckus; It Must Be Hope by Salt of The Sound; and BZRK by Family Force 5. And the winner was BZRK The nominees for Hip Hop/Rap Video of The Year were: Dreams by Rachael Messini; I'm Turnt by Lecrae; Nothing I Can't Do feat Trip Lee and Lecrae by Tedashii; Ready, Aim by Mali Music; and Vital Lens by Beautiful Eulogy. And the winner was: Ready, Aim by Mali Music. Looks like we can leave the genre video's behind us tomorrow. Until then, I am Awaiting Your Reply.
Welcome Back to or special edition of Music Video Monday. We are recapping #PlatVnyl5 here, especially the Video Music Award section. Last time we did Adult Contemporary/Inspirational and Modern Worship. This time we shall do three: Gospel, Alternative and Pop Video of The Year. Gospel/R&B Video of The Year was new this year. We usually didn't have any real music videos from this genre, just a bunch of live TV appearances, which isn't the same thing. This year we did. I hope that means things are changing. The nominees were: I Found You by Anthony Evans; Love on the Radio by The Walls Group; That's Me by Canton Jones; Whole World by Seth and Nirva; and You Paid It All by Wess Morgan. And the winner is: Love on The Radio by The Walls Group. Alternative Video of The Year had a good mix of up and coming and retiring artists. The nominees were: Felix Culpa by Kings Kaleidoscope; Love Alone Is Worth The Fight by Switchfoot; Speak by Everything In Slow Motion; Stranger Ways by Anberlin; and Travelers Song (Piano and String Sessions) by Future of Forestry. And the winner was Traveler's Song. Finally the nominees for Pop Video of The Year were: Am I Trending by V.Rose; Do Life Big by Jamie Grace; Heaven by Group 1 Crew; No Better U by V.Rose; and When The Crazy Kicks In by Francesca Battistelli. And the winner was When The Crazy Kicks In. That finishes this post. See You all Tomorrow. Until next time, I am Awaiting Your Reply.
Welcome to a very special edition of Music Video Monday. #PlatVnyl5 is finally here. Though all results will be posted on the blog, the live blogging will be reserved for the videos. We will announce two winners each day
First up is Adult Contemporary/Inspirational Video of The Year. The five nominees for the award were: Good by +Dave Barnes ; Hope In Front of Meby +Danny Gokey ; I Can Just Be Me by +laurastorymusicVEVO ; Satisfied by About A Mile; and Stand In Awe by Jon Thurlow. And the winner of the #PlatVnyl5 Adult Contemporary/Inspirational Video of The Year is Hope In Front of Me Our second group of nominees for this post was for Modern Worship Video of The Year. The nominees were: Endless Praise by +Planetshakers ; Forever by +Kari Jobe ; Freedom Fall by WARR Acres; My Lighthouse by +Rend Collective ; and Survival Plan by +Rachel Faagutu and +Wallace Faagutu . The Winner was (of Course): Forever Two more tomorrow. Until then, I am Awaiting Your Reply.
The Ceremony is in the bag. The awards have been (virtually) handed out and I could not be more pleased. Five Years. You have dreams when you start things but you're never really prepared for the hard work or the payoff. Such was the case here. I always knew the awards system was biased in favor of a few artists, and the musical variety was pathetic. It was the Amy and Smitty Show. But I was just a college DJ, what could I do? Fast Forward to 2015. The Platinum Vinyl Awards, first launched in 2010, is now in its Fifth Year of Existence. Though a physical statuette is still not a reality,and neither are the celebrity presenters, the event has quickly risen to be one of the top Awards Ceremonies for CCM and the Fringe on the net. Doves? Don't make me laugh. Now encompassing 57 categories in Video, Album, Song and the General Field. Variety? How does 12 genres strike you? A new general field award dedicated to EP's. Big things are coming up. On to #PlatVnyl5. Every so often a release comes along which will not be denied, and it dominates the awards. Such was the case this year. Worship Leader Kari Jobe released Majestic (Live), and while the first listen didn't exactly wow me, the album grew. Then there was the video for the song Forever. In the end the artist and album garnered 6 wins: Modern Worship Video of The Year; Live Recorded Album of The Year; Modern Worship Album of The Year; Modern Worship Song of The Year; Video of The Year and Album of The Year. That would be enough to make this a breakout year. But while all that was going on Lindsay McCaul quietly racked up four trips to the podium of her own: Adult Contemporary/Inspirational Alum of The Year; Adult Contemporary/Inspirational Song of The Year; Female Vocalist of The Year; and Song of The Year for One More Step. Add to that the return of Bloodgood, the consistency of Stryper and new artists Salt of The Sound and you have a year that will be talked about in the music industry for quite a while. If this is how it is now, I can't wait for #PlatVnyl6. We will have the announcements of the video awards on the blog and the full results will be posted on the winners page soon. I hope to soon have a big giveaway as well. Stay tuned. Things are just beginning to heat up here. Until next time, I am Awaiting Your Reply.