WAMI announces 2019 awards show, Hall of Fame class

MILWAUKEE – The winners and nominees of the 39th annual Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) Awards will be honored alongside a remarkable slate of Hall ofFame inductees when the awards show returns to Milwaukee’s Turner Hall on Sunday, April 14.


Tickets for the annual WAMI Awards Show go on sale at noon on Wednesday, December 19 and will be available at the Turner Hall/Pabst Theater/Riverside Theater Box Office, or at Ticket prices are $15 for students and $25 general admission.  VIP tickets are available for $40 and include front-of-the-house, reserved seating.


WAMI will present more than 35 awards to the finest in Wisconsin’s music industry. The show will feature live music performances and include the induction of this year’s WAMI Hall of Fame honorees.


The 2019 WAMI Hall of Fame class includes Milwaukee bandleader and guitarist Paul Cebar; the hit-producing 1950s vocal quartet, The Chordettes; and Milwaukee heavy metal band, Realm.


ABOUT PAUL CEBAR: Cebar, a songwriter, guitarist and bandleader, has been an instrumental piece of the Milwaukee music scene for decades. He’s taken his variety of rhythm and blues -- one flavored by New Orleans, Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America -- well beyond the Dairyland’s borders. Cebar emerged from the coffeehouse folk scene of the 1970s to play with the R&B Cadets and front Paul Cebar and The Milwaukeeans. His musical exploration presses on today with Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound.


ABOUT REALM: Realm’s pioneering, progressive thrash sound broke free from Milwaukee’s metal underground and garnered national attention as the 1980s wound to a close. Formed in 1985, Realm signed with Roadrunner Records in 1988. Their debut album, “Endless War,” turned heads and Realm gained airplay with a speed metal cover of The Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby.” Realm’s second album, “Suiciety,” was released in 1992 before they disbanded in the following year.


ABOUT THE CHORDETTES: Founded in Sheboygan, The Chordettes reached the top of the charts with classics that remain instantly recognizable across generations more than 50 years later. The female vocal quartet came together in 1946 and hit its pinnacle with their 1954 hit, “Mr. Sandman.” The single rocketed to number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Four years later, their hit single “Lollipop” peaked in Billboard’s number 2 slot. The Chordettes appeared on the very first episode of American Bandstand that was broadcast to a nationwide audience. They were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2001.


WAMI members can cast their votes in each musical category from Dec. 17 through Jan. 30. Wisconsin music fans, including non-WAMI members, can vote for their favorites online in the WAMI People’s Choice Awards, accessed via the WAMI website: Voting for the People’s Choice Awards begins Feb. 2 and ends Feb. 28.


The Wisconsin Area Music Industry is a volunteer organization with a purpose to educate and recognize the achievements and accomplishments of individuals in the Wisconsin music industry. The group also provides opportunities for youth to perform in an annual Youth Music Showcase, while encouraging students and emerging artists by awarding scholarships to assist with their music education.