Vito Di Stefano
The biggest prizes at the 2012 San Diego Music Awards at Humphreys By the Bay on Shelter Island on Monday night shared the same fate of many other awards: With statuettes given to artists who were not present to accept them.
Despite spirited performances by the likes of Dead Feather Moon, who won for Best Alternative Album, the Howls (SoundDiego LIVE performers later this month in Carlsbad), P.O.D., Hills Like Elephants, the Mattson Two, Candy Kayne and others, the evening’s balloon was frequently popped when awards were handed out for artists who were not on hand – including Album of the Year and Song of the Year (both given to Delta Spirit) and Artist of the Year (Switchfoot).
Also MIA on Monday: Gregory Page (Best Jazz Recording),Gabe Vega (Best DJ), Sara Petite, the Burning of Rome, who got the award for Best Alternative Artists, and others.
The Best New Artist nod went to Hills Like Elephants, led by local frontman Sean Davenport, who delivered a memorable appearance to kick off the evening’s festivities.
The evening was capped, though, by performances at Humphreys Backstage by the Brothers Grimm (an acoustic set by members of Best Pop Artist winner the Silent Comedy), Low Volts and Hyena, who won for Best Electronic Artists of 2012.
Among the other winners on Monday:
Best Local Recording: Blackout Party’s "Closed Mouth Don't Get Fed"
Best World Album: The Devastators
Best Rock Artists: The Black Sands
Best Hard Rock: Lord Howler
Best Hip-Hop Album: Parker and the Numberman
Best Pop Artists: The Silent Comedy
Best Jazz Artist: Miss Erika Davies
Best Hip-Hop Artists: Vokab Kompany
Best World Music Artists: B-Side Players
Lifetime Achievement Award: Mike Wofford
Best Acoustic Artist: Colin Clyne
Best Americana or Country Album: Jesse LaMonaca and the Dime Novels’ "The Lament of Tumbleweed Hawk"
Courage in Music Award: Candy Kayne
Best Pop Album: Mrs. Magician‘s "Strange Heaven"