2002 WAMI Award winners


New Group: 76-Juliet; Lisa G & Montage; and The Barbeez

Female Vocalist: Janet Planet

Guitar: Royce Hall

Bass: Eric Hervey

Drums/Percussion: Ernie Adams

Keyboards: Connie Grauer

Reeds/Brass: Al Anderson

Rock/Alternative/Metal: Garbage

Pop/Adult Contemporary: Vic Ferrari Band; and Rhythm Method

Blues Traditional/Contemporary: Johnny Rawls

Folk/Acoustic: David "HB" Drake

R&B/Urban/Scratch/Hip Hop: Coo Coo Cal

Producer: George Nash, Jr.

Studio: Smart Studios

Web Site: www.ACAEntertainment.com

Artist of the Year: Eric Benet

Specialty Instrument: Dani Miller (Harmonica)

Classical Group: Present Music

CD/Recording of the Year: Coo Coo Cal ­ "My Projects"

Song of the Year: Eric Benet ­ "Love Don't Love Me"

Male Vocalist: Bobby Rouse

Country: Crossfire

Bluegrass: Art Stevenson & High Water

Big Band/Swing: Swing-O-Matics

Specialty/Nostalgia: Cherry Pie

World/Ethnic/Reggae/Ska: Kojo

Gospel/Christian: Hangnail

Stage/Production Company: RAD Audio

Jazz Traditional/Contemporary: Manty Ellis

There were "People's Choice" nominees in three categories plus a write in category for Favorite Band, with Wisconsin residents selecting the area's favorites in the following areas:

  • Music Venue: Luther's Blues and the Milwaukee Ale House
  • Radio Station: WMSE-FM 91.7 and WORT-FM 89.9
  • Print Media: Shepherd Express and The Onion
  • Favorite Band: Exit

In addition, Mike Kappus and Summerfest were selected as winners of the WAMI President's Award and legendary jazz DJ Ron Cuzner was inducted into the organization's Hall of Fame.