This category includes artists of various styles, who perform primarily on acoustic instruments at coffeehouses, churches, house concerts and other similar venues.
The jazz category includes various styles within the genre including traditional, straight-ahead, bebop, Latin and cutting-edge formats.
At its core, the blues has remained the same since its inception, a rootsy, heart felt form of self-expression. Most blues songs incorporate basic chord progressions that are open to endless improvisations, both lyrical and musical.
This category is for artists who include American roots styles in their music, such as folk, bluegrass and country.
Hip-hop refers to music which is heavy on beats and lyrical play. For this category, rap, contemporary R&B and urban dance music are all included.
Indie/Alternative is a catch-all term, minted circa the mid 80’s, for post-punk bands. Though there are a variety of musical styles within this category, they’re all tied together since they exist outside of mainstream Rock & Roll.
Pop music is best described as any songs based on memorable melodies, catchy choruses and a tight, concise structure, topped by big melodic hooks.
Rock & Roll is often used as a generic term, but its sound is rarely predictable. Rock has been defined by its energy, rebellion and catchy hooks, spinning off new styles and variations every few years.
This category includes artists often inspired by the traditional music of Jamaica, Africa, Asia and Australia, as well as from the Americas.
This category is for exceptional live performers, the select few who truly master the stage, in any genre. Artists must have been regular performers between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019.
Open to any artist, in any genre, who has emerged on the San Diego music scene between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019.
A group or band, in any genre, who has stood above the rest of the pack from January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019.

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