2012 EMA Winners

Edmonton musicians pat themselves on the back at sophomore awards show determined to celebrate our best in the business

BY EMIL TIEDEMANN

Edmonton's Tupelo Honey went into the 2012 EMAs with
six nominations, walking away with Rock Album and
Album of the Year for 'Caught Up In the Excess.'
A FEW weeks ago local musicians were celebrated and pitted against one another at the second annual Edmonton Music Awards, held at the Royal Alberta Museum. Fifteen trophies were handed out to deserving bands and singers, recognized for their worthy efforts in the local, and perhaps national, music scene.

Nominations were first announced on February 3rd for the 2012 lineup, and the best of the best took to the podium on April 28th, including Colleen Brown, Ten Second Epic, The Joe, and Album of the Year winners Tupelo Honey, who also performed at the event.

Winners at the 2012 EMAs were chosen by members of EARS, the Edmonton Association for Recording Selection, with the exception of a couple online categories. They determined the cream of the crop, combing through over 80 eligible submissions from last year. The ceremony was hosted by Breakfast Television's Bridget Ryan, and featured performances by Danielle Lowe, The Collective West, The Order of Chaos, and pop rocker Bryan Finlay.

The winners of the 2012 Edmonton Music Awards were...

Album of the Year: Caught Up In the Excess (Tupelo Honey)
Single of the Year: "New Earth" (Zerbin)
Group of the Year: Ten Second Epic
Male Artist of the Year: Scott Cook
Female Artist of the Year: Colleen Brown
Music Video of the Year: "New Earth" (Zerbin)
Pop Album of the Year: Make Today (Radio For Help)
Rock Album of the Year: Caught Up In the Excess (Tupelo Honey)
Country Album of the Year: Off Limits (Danielle Lowe)
Rap/Hip-Hop Album of the Year: Float or Fail (The Joe)
Roots/Folk Album of the Year: Hollow Ponds (100 Mile House)
Metal Album of the Year: Burn These Dreams (The Order of Chaos)
R&B/Soul Album of the Year: The Golden Story EP (Manuela)
Blues Album of the Year: I Try and I Try and I Don't Know What to Do...The Plan
     Was Set Some Time Ago, And We Must Follow Through (Boogie Patrol)
Jazz Album of the Year: Just the Sun (Mieke Maligne)
Artist to Watch*: Shelbi
People's Choice*: Killinger

*Winners determined by online voting.

Below is a video featuring 2012 Edmonton Music Award winner Danielle Lowe performing her own rendition of Adele's "Rolling the Deep," filmed in 2011 at the Edmonton Event Centre.

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