By Tracy Dietlin

The CV Music Awards have grown and now we must spread the event between two nights and two venues. We started with just a few categories five years ago and kept growing: in 2015 we had 28 categories and last year 32. This year we have 37 categories in all genres that the valley got to vote on. We also have 2 Trailblazer Award recipients, 2 Pioneer Award recipients, a Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and a new Visionary Award recipient. Combine that with the usual 15+ bands that we have perform and that means we had to do something different this year. So like the Grammy’s, Oscars and Golden Globes, who all have separate ceremonies to give out awards in all the categories (hundreds) that you don’t see televised, we will be doing just that by having a separate event this year.

Our gracious sponsor, Big Rock Pub, will be hosting the Pre-Party Awards Ceremony on Thursday, June 1 from 7-10pm, where we will announce winners in 12 of the 37 nominated categories. There will also be several performances by nominees. The price for BOTH awards shows will be $25.00 in advance and $35.00 at the door. YES!!! That means $25.00 gets you into BOTH awards ceremonies at Big Rock and The Riviera! The show at Big Rock will have limited seating so I highly recommend you purchasing tickets in advance as you might be turned away at the door due to capacity. We will be announcing all the performers and categories for this event later this week.

We are also planning a very special VIP after party for the main awards at the Riviera, which we will be sharing on our website and FB later this week. For those who have attended this in the past you know it’s an event not to be missed. So get your tickets now as the VIP party will also have limited tickets this year.

Not only did we increase the number of categories this year but we also increased the amount of nominees in many of the categories, giving more bands and artists a chance for exposure, to perform and ultimately win an award. For tickets call 760-501-6228.

Just a reminder…voting ends Thursday, May 4 at midnight. Go to www.coachellavalleyweekly.com to vote for your favorites.

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