The San Diego Music Awards announced this week the nominees/performers at this year's 20th anniversary celebration, which is being sponsored in part by SoundDiego.
Returning to the stunning Humphreys by the Bay on Sept. 12, the SDMA's will feature live performances by Transfer, the Night Marchers, New Mexico (formerly Apes of Wrath) and the Nervous Wreckords.
In addition, a special Lifetime Achievement award will be presented to former San Diego residents who are members of the legendary Iron Butterfly -- "In a Gadda Da Vida," baby.
With voting beginning Aug. 1, the impressive list of nominees (http://www.sandiegomusicawards.com/nominees.html) includes:
Artist of the Year:
Song of the Year:
- Angels & Airwaves: "Hallucinations"
- Crocodiles: "Sleep Forever"
- Delta Spirit: "Bush League Blues"
- Dum Dum Girls: "Jail La La"
- Sara Watkins: "Too Much"
- Switchfoot: "Mess of Me"
- The Soft Pack: "Come On"
- Waaves: "King of the Beach"
Album of the Year:
- Delta Spirit: History From Below
- Dum Dum Girls: I Will Be
- Jason Mraz: Jason Mraz's Beautiful Mess: Live on Earth
- Rafter: Animal Feelings
- Steve Poltz: Dreamhouse
- Switchfoot: Hello Hurricane
- The Soft Pack: The Soft Pack
- Wavves: King of the Beach
Last year, after winning album of the year, Mraz made the following not-safe-for-work acceptance speech:
Proceeds from San Diego Music Awards ticket sales will benefit the San Diego Music Foundation and Taylor Guitars for Schools.
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