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The 2011 Houston Press Music Award Nominees

Took us long enough, right? It's been so long since we've had the Houston Press Music Awards, which were last handed out the evening of August 11, 2010, that we almost forgot we were having them.

Not really. How could we? If our numbers are correct, in the two weeks this year's nomination ballot was online, there were more than 9,000 votes spread out across this year's 43 categories. Furthermore, since there's been an extra-long time between the awards - and because there are simply a ton of local musicians out there - we expanded the number of nominees in most of the categories. Our eyes hurt.

Like we say every year (or it seems like it), what you're about to read is the most tangible testament to the diversity, breadth and sheer amount of musical talent among the Houston area's some 5 million people you can find anywhere. You may not agree on all the choices, but you can't deny our city is bursting at the seams with just about any kind of music you could care to listen to.

Rocks Off has spent most of the past two days combing through each of the categories, and consulting with our High Council to determine the final nominees - all 262 of them. Yes, we counted. We feel like we just carved a six-foot ice sculpture with a safety pin. The ballot will go online tomorrow (we'll let you know when it's up) and appear in the October 27 print edition. Let's get to it.

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