When Rocks Off got back from lunch today, a colleague had put a completedHouston Press
Music Awards nomination ballot in his mailbox with an attached Post-It note that said "Best Ballot Ever." Rocks Off read it over, and it was both hilarious and heartbreaking. The young gentleman from Midtown may well have meant it as a joke - which is all well and good, but you can still only vote once - but we nevertheless feel obliged to point out that nominations forCiara
as Best R&B/Funk/Soul,Sean Paul
for Best Zydeco and"Jon Van Jovi"
for Best Indie-Rock will not be counted. These are theHouston Press
Music Awards after all, people, so if the person you're nominating hails from somewhere besides the 713, 281, 832 and maybe 409 and 979 area codes (we'll think about it), we're going to disqualify them. In our sample ballot here, that means our friend's nominations forPaul Wall
(Local Musician of the Year) andBeyonce
(Best Female Vocals) will count, but the ones forVan Halen
(Best Rock),Kenny G
(Best Jazz) andBoston
(Best Roots-Rock/Americana) won't, however much he (or we) believe them to be true. One more thing. Prospective nominees should also bealive
, unless they've passed away within the past 12 months. As much as we still love
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, we'd much rather give Best DJ to someone who continues to draw breath. Nomination ballots are due Monday, May 18 at 9 a.m.The online ballot is here.