The old guard of the gay and lesbian music scene met the new kids last night at The Manhattan Center in New York City for the 4th Annual Gay/Lesbian American Music Awards (GLAMA).
Established acts such as Melissa Etheridge and the Pet Shop Boys competed alongside such up-and-coming artists as the gritty queer rockers KAMYS and comedian-turned-smooth jazz warbler Lea DeLaria in over 25 categories covering everything from "Out Song" to DJ to Contemporary Spiritual (see "Indigo Girls, Etheridge Among Nominees For GLAMAs").
Nominated in seven categories but winning in only one (Producer Of The Year, with John Reynolds, for "Come On Now Social"), the Indigo Girls were a no-show for their single acceptance. Those who were present include Me'Shell N'degeocello, who took honors for both Female Artist and Album Of The Year for her LP "Bitter," and Joi Cardwell, who won her second award in the Dance Music genre for her
hip-hop number "Last Chance For Love."
Other acts taking home GLAMAs include the recently-defunct pop-funk act Luscious Jackson, which grabbed the Pop award for its last album, "Electric Honey," and nouveau drag performer extraordinaire Kevin Aviance, who received recognition in the Video category for his MTV2 favorite, "Rhythm Is My Bitch."
GLAMA was organized in 1995 to recognize the work of out gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender recording artists and strives to promote the breadth of gay and lesbian musical talent. Winners are selected primarily via Internet and a board comprised of music industry figures.
For more info on the winners, check out GLAMA.com.