Inspired by the diverse music of Tennessee, the Tennessee Music Awards program honors independent artists and professionals statewide, from Memphis to Jackson, Nashville to Knoxville, and Chattanooga to Johnson City.
The Tennessee Music Awards program is focused on all genres, providing a platform for artists, producers, venues, and more, to synergize promotional efforts. Voting for the 2018 multi-genre event began June 17 and ended July 7. The public nomination round began April 12, 2018 and ended May 31. Eligible artists with the most nominations moved on to the final voting round.
W.S. Fluke Holland was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Born April 22, 1935, in Saltillo, Tennessee, Holland notably played drums on the 1955 Sun Records recording of "Blue Suede Shoes" and performed on the "Million Dollar Quartet" session that featured Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash.
Carl Perkins was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Born in Tiptonville, Tennessee, Perkins's songs were recorded by artists (and friends) as influential as Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and Johnny Cash, which further established his place in the history of popular music. Paul McCartney claimed that "if there were no Carl Perkins, there would be no Beatles."
1. Americana Artist of the Year
2. Blues Artist of the Year
3. Bluegrass Artist of the Year
4. Choir of the Year
5. Country Artist of the Year
6. Hip Hop / Rap Artist of the Year
7. Inspirational Artist of the Year
8. Indie / Rockabilly Artist of the Year
9. Marching Band of the Year
10. Metal Band of the Year
11. Rock Artist of the Year
12. Female Vocalist of the Year
13. Male Vocalist of the Year
14. Bassist of the Year
15. Drummer of the Year
16. Guitarist of the Year
17. Keys Player of the Year
18. Producer of the Year
19. Video of the Year
20. Songwriter of the Year
21. Song of the Year
22. Album of the Year
23. Radio Station of the Year
24. Radio DJ of the Year
25. Magazine of the Year
26. Venue of the Year
27. Entertainer of the Year
28. The Lifetime Achievement Award
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