Nominees announced for San Diego Music Awards

Three San Diego bands that have made an international impact -  blink-182 , Pierce The Veil and Switchfoot - are among the top 2017 San Diego Music Awards nominees.

This will be the first edition of  the annual awards fete since 2015, after a reorganization of the San Diego Music Foundation - under whose auspices the awards are presented - led to 2016 being skipped. Nominees in all 22 categories appear below.

The Poway-bred pop-punk trio blink-182 is nominated for Song of the Year (for "She's Out of Her Mind") and Album of the Year (for "California," the trio's first album since Matt Skiba replaced band co-founder Tom DeLonge). In December, the new-look blink earned the first Grammy Award nomination in a career that dates back more than two decades).

Pierce The Veil, which last year celebrated its 10th anniversary, is nominated in the same two categories as blink. The Bay Park quartet received nods for Song of the Year (for "Circles") and Album of the year (for "Misadventures").

Switchfoot, which last year celebrated its 20th anniversary, is also vying in the same two categories, with nominations for Song of the Year (for "Float") and Album of the Year (for "Where the Light Shines Through").

Neo-R&B singer Andra Day, who earned two Grammy Award nominations last year, is nominated for Artist of the Year and Album of the Year (for "Cheers to the Fall").  

At least four other San Diego artists also earned two nominations apiece.

Jazz trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos is nominated for Artist of the Year and Best Jazz.

Singer-songwriter Steph Johnson is nominated for Artist of the Year and Best Jazz Album (for "Music is Art).

The band Schizophonics - which features ace guitarist Pat Beers and won two prizes at the 2015 San Diego Music Awards - is nominated for Best Rock and Best Live Performer. 

Hirie - the reggae group led by singer Patricia Jetton - is nominated for Song  of the Year (for "Renegade") and Best World Music Album for "Wandering  Soul").

The winners of the 2017 San Diego Music Awards - the event's 26th edition - will be announced March 21 at House of Blues. Confirmed performers include Hirie, Schizophonics, The Verigolds, The Creepy Creeps, Gilbert Castellanos and the Young Lions Orchestra and Steph Johnson & the Voices of our City Choir.

Online voting runs from Jan. 16 through Feb. 26 at sandiegomusicawards.com. The public can vote in every category except the eight best album categories, which is voted on by members of the San Diego Music Academy. Tickets for the March 21 awards fete go on sale Monday through the event's website.

The 2015 edition of the San Diego Music Awards included 28 categories. That number has been streamlined to 22 this year, following the combining of several categories and the elimination of the Best Music Video, Best Hard Rock, Best Hard Rock Album, Best Club DJ and Best Cover Band categories.

The recipient of the Country Dick Montana Lifetime Achievement Award has not yet been announced.

2017 San Diego Music Awards nominees

Song of the Year


  • blink-182 - She's Out of Her Mind

  • Hirie - Renegade

  • Little Hurricane - Bad Business

  • Switchfoot - Float

  • Pierce the Veil - Circles

  • Slightly Stoopid - Hold it Down

Album of the Year


  • Andra Day - Cheers to the Fall

  • blink-182 - California

  • Cattle Decapitation - The Anthropocene Extinction

  • P.O.D. - The Awakening

  • Pierce the Veil - Misadventures

  • Switchfoot - Where the Light Shines Through

Best Singer-Songwriter


  • Nina Francis

  • Lady Rogo

  • Sierra West

  • Raelee Nikole

  • Savannah Philyaw

  • Tolan Shaw

Best Country or Americana


  • Berkley Hart

  • Brawley

  • Morgan Leigh Band

  • Nancarrow

  • Sara Petite

  • The Moves Collective

Best Jazz


  • Gilbert Castellanos

  • Ian Tordella

  • Joshua White

  • Patrick Yandall

  • Peter Sprague

  • Allison Adams Tucker

Best Blues


  • Chet & the Committee

  • Mercedes Moore

  • Michele Lundeen

  • Robin Henkel

  • Whitney Shay

  • Tomcat Courtney

Best Hip-Hop/Rap


  • Main Flow

  • Parker Edison

  • South Psycho Cide

  • Odessa Kane

  • Tall Can and Generik

  • Lyrical Groove

Best Indie/Alternative


  • Grizzly Business

  • Prayers

  • Big Bad Buffalo

  • Rob Crow's Gloomy Place

  • The Bassics

  • Wild Wild Wets

Best Pop


  • Birdy Bardot

  • Dani Bell & the Tarantist

  • Pony Death Ride

  • Normandie Wilson

  • KI

  • Sister Speak

Best Rock


  • Amerikan Bear

  • Black Market III

  • Dead Feather Moon

  • Roni Lee

  • The Farmers

  • Schizophonics

Best World Music


  • B-Side Players

  • Brogue Wave

  • Mariachi Garabaldi

  • Quel Bordel

  • Todo Mundo

  • Tribal Theory

Best New Artist


  • Casey Hensley Band

  • Elektric Voodoo

  • Hexa

  • Spitfire Torpedo

  • Skyterra

  • Spooky Cigarette

Best Live Performer


  • Jason Hanna & the Bullfighters

  • Joshua White

  • Rebecca Jade & the Cold Fact

  • Schizophonics

  • The Creepy Creeps

  • The Little Richards

Best Country or Americana Album


  • Country Rockin' Rebels - Ride Rebel Ride

  • Eve Selis - See Me with Your Heart

  • Shadowdogs - Tangerine

  • The Midnight Pine - The Midnight Pine

  • Trouble in the Wind - Lefty

  • Ypsitucky - New Old Lady

Best Jazz Album


  • Danny Green Trio - Altered Narratives

  • Lori Bell - Brooklyn Dreaming

  • Sue Palmer - The Thunderbird Sessions

  • Nathan Hubbard - Furiously Dreaming

  • Natural Sounds Trio - Natural Sounds Trio

  • Steph Johnson - Music is Art

Best Blues Album


  • Give Me Back My Wig Band - Big Wigs

  • John Meeks - On A Sea Darkly

  • The Fremonts - Alligator

  • Wayne Riker Brotherhood - Blues Convocation

  • The Holla Pointe - Down The Road A Piece

  • Chickenbone Slim - Gone

Best Hip Hop/Rap Album


  • Bloodstone - Street Ammunition

  • The Knee Highs - We Put The Function in Dysfunction

  • Vokab Kompany - In Good Company

  • Dre Cat - Californ-IPA

  • Gonjasufi - Callus

  • Def Shon - Hypebomb University

Best Indie/Alternative Album


  • Imagery Machine - Imagery Machine

  • Le Chateau - Brutalism

  • Mrs Magician - Bermuda

  • The Verigolds - For Margaret

  • The Dabbers - I Am Alien Now

  • Silent - A Century of Abuse

Best Pop or Rock Album


  • Bit Maps - You, Me and Dystopia

  • Daddy Issues - Daddy Issues

  • Mittens - Mittens

  • The Donkeys - Midnight Palms

  • The Phantoms - The Phantoms

  • The Routine - Black Tropics

Best World Music Album


  • Doornob Collective - Standing Tall

  • Dubest - Live at the Belly Up Tavern

  • Fluid Foundation - Fluid Foundation

  • Hirie - Wandering Soul

  • Jet West - Wake Up

  • E.N. Young - Call On Me

Best Local Recording


  • Ass Pocket Whiskey Fellas - Second Pint

  • Authentic Sellout - Take Back the Streets

  • Euphoria Brass Band - Live & Loud

  • Soft Lions - XOXO

  • Sure Fire Soul Ensemble - Out on the Coast

  • The Sleepwalkers - Roots Rockin' with The Sleepwalkers

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