Help Us Select the 2016 RFT Music Awards Nominees

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Ciej of hip-hop collective M.M.E. hits the mic at last year's RFT Music Showcase in the Grove. - PHOTO BY RFT STAFF
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  • Ciej of hip-hop collective M.M.E. hits the mic at last year's RFT Music Showcase in the Grove.

All year long, we at RFT Music scour the city in search of exceptional bands to share, but at the top of every summer we stop to take stock of the homegrown talent in our own backyard. The annual RFT Music Awards is a snapshot of the St. Louis music scene at large, and one we like to take with the help of the greater community.

So, we would like to humbly ask for your help in nominating the best and brightest musical acts in our city. If you don't feel like an expert, you're not alone! Whether you attend five local shows a week or dabble in the occasional cover band once or twice a year, make your voice heard in the comments section below. We're not looking for intense analysis here, just a list of your personal favorites. If you feel like any one genre or style needs more recognition, let us know that too!

The official ballot is made from a mix of your suggestions and the results from a nominating committee — a panel of music writers, radio DJs, record store employees and venue owners throughout the city. We aim to provide a definitive guide of St. Louis music for the year ahead and we can't do this without your help.

In keeping with tradition, many of the nominated acts will be part of the annual RFT Music Showcase – to be held again this year in the Grove. The list of nominees will be revealed one week from today on April 28, so don't hesitate. And if you know of any local music experts, the kind who would gladly impart their knowledge to us, please pass this along.

If you need a little help getting started, have a look at last year's winners on the next page:

The Domino Effect performs at last year's RFT Music Showcase outside during sunset. - PHOTO BY RFT STAFF
  • Photo by RFT staff
  • The Domino Effect performs at last year's RFT Music Showcase outside during sunset.

Last years's RFT Music Award winners:

Americana
 Beth Bombara 

Blues The Maness Brothers 

Country The Hobosexuals 

Cover Band The Town Drunks

DJ Nappy DJ Needles 

Electronic (Dance) Black James

Electronic (Eclectic) Hands & Feet

Emo I Could Sleep In The Clouds 

Experimental Demon Lover 

Folk Letter to Memphis

Hard Rock Tok

Hardcore Lumpy & the Dumpers 

Hip-Hop (Group) Mathias and the Pirates 

Hip-Hop (Solo) Tef Poe

Jam/Dub Jake's Leg 

Indie Pop Scarlet Tanager 

Indie Rock Sleepy Kitty 

Jazz Tommy Halloran's Guerilla Swing 

Metal Lion's Daughter 

New Band Traveling Sound Machine 

Noise Ghost Ice 

Pop Vanilla Beans 

Pop Punk Better Days 

Post Hardcore LifeWithout 

Psych Magic City

Punk Little Big Bangs 

R&B Love Jones "The Band"

Rock Bruiser Queen

Singer-Songwriter Emily Wallace 

Soul/Funk Funky Butt Brass Band