The We Shot J.R. Awards
So after taking a quick look at some of the positively horrible nominees for this year's Dallas Observer music awards, we decided that we needed to put together the second annual We Shot J.R. Awards right away. We figured we could create a ballot that actually meant something to people, and hopefully, that is what we've done.
In my opinion, the thing that will make these awards matter to people is you guys, not us. Like it or not, it's clear that a lot of people who know a lot about music, think a lot about music and care a lot about music visit this site regularly, and I think this knowledge and good taste will be reflected in the voting results. Instead of a bunch of doucheholes going on the Observer website and voting for their friend's horrible rap metal band 1,000 times, I think we're going to get a lot of carefully considered votes from people who REALLY know what is going on in local music, and I think a lot of people who don't even read this site will at least be interested in what our readers end up voting for. We'll have a smaller number of votes than the Observer awards (obviously), but to me, one vote from one of our readers is worth ten votes from a 17 year old Burden Brothers fan.
Of course, ballot stuffing and things of that nature COULD happen with these awards, but we are going to be personally monitoring the results for the next three weeks to make sure that none of that happens. Feel free to vote for whoever you want whenever you want as many times as you want, but please note that ten votes in ten seconds for the same band in one category will be tossed out. Just use common sense and you'll be fine.
SO HERE IS HOW THIS WILL WORK: Like last year's vote, this will be a straight up popular vote, and anyone may vote as many times as they like. The band or artist or whatever with the most votes in each category will win, and that's it. When we announce the winners, we will also publish a list of our personal picks, just to give you an idea of how we voted. The categories probably aren't perfect, and you might feel that we left something out here or there, but we tried to cover as much ground as we could without going overboard. You may interpret our categories liberally: "band" can mean "solo performer," and "electronic" doesn't necessarily mean "laptop." Again, use common sense and you'll be fine. Voting will go for the next THREE WEEKS, ending on Friday, August 17th at 5pm. We'll announce the winners the following week, and an awards concert is in the works for mid to late August as well. Hope you guys have fun with this.