Sunday night, March 10, Go-Go fans packed into La Fontaine Bleue in Lanham, Maryland to attend the first ever Viewer's Choice Awards hosted by GoGoRadio.com's Bootsy Vegas, Neka Ray and DJ DMoney of Da Blend Show.
The event included awards handed out in 37 categories and musical performances.
The top 3 winners of the evening with the most awards were Backyard Band, Killa Cal and DaMixx Band. Backyard Band won in several categories including Band of the Year and Manager of the Year. Killa Cal walked away with several awards including the nod as Best Rapper and DaMixx Band rounded out the top three.
Pioneer Awards were presented to "Big" Tony Fisher of Trouble Funk, Gregory "Sugar Bear" Elliott of Experience Unlimited and James Funk of Rare Essence.
The Chuck Brown Lifetime Achievement Award was awarded posthumously to "Little" Benny Harley, who died in 2010. Two of his children, Brandon Harley and Tiara Bing-Harley were on hand to accept the award on his behalf.
There were musical performances by L.O.U.D., Stephon4U, A Rap Cypher featuring Killa Cal, Lime Green and Choppa Black, Dream Team Band, Body of Evidence Band, Project 360 and a finale by an All-Star Band. There was also a conga performance by Best Conga Player award winner Samuel "Smoke" Dews.
The complete list of winners is as follows:
Best New Female- Ms. Danny of All Around Sound Band
Best Keyboard Player Combo- Mike, EB and Marcus of Backyard Band
Best Soundman- Doo Dirty
Best Go-Go YouTube Page- Noisemaker Nation
Best Go-Go Collaboration- Junkyard and Killa Cal "Wild Boy"
Best Cowbell Player- Black Pooh of Junkyard Band
Best Drummer- Buggy of Backyard Band
Best Female Singer- Ty-Ty from WHAT Band
Best Venue- LaFontaine Bleue
Best Go-Go Social Media Forum/ Thread/Site- Gogoradio.com
Best Lead Talker- Big G of Backyard
Best Go-Go Single- "Da Cookout" by Da Mixx featuring Raheem Devaughn and Killa Cal
Best Fan/Supporter- Trina Boo
Best Bartender- Nikki from Tradewinds
Best Male Singer- KO of All4U
Best Bass Player- Sugar Bear of E.U.
Best Manager- Coop of Backyard Band
Best Promoter- Made in the City
Best Timbales/Blocks- Kirky of Da Mixx
Best Conga PLayer- Smoke of Da Mixx
Best Go-Go Radio Show- Da Blend
Best Go-Go Event of the Year- Rare Essence vs. Backyard Band at LaFontaine Bleue
Best Drummer/Conga Player Combo- Stomp and Smoke of Da Mixx
Change is Good Award (A band member who has successfully transitioned from one band to another)- Killa Cal to Rare Essence
Best Lead Guitar- White Boy of Rare Essence
Best Go-Go DJ- DJ Dirty Rico
Best Go-Go Dance- Hee Haw by Junkyard Band
Most Versatile Band- Backyard Band
Best Go-Go Host- DJ Dirty Rico
Best New/ Up and Coming Band- Project 360
Comeback Band of the Year- Familiar Faces
Best of Both Worlds (Using your talent inside and outside of Go-Go)- Big G
Best Rapper- Killa Cal
Best Gospel Go-Go Band- Critical Revelation Band
Best Bounce Beat Band- WHAT Band
Band of the Year- Backyard Band
Chuck Brown Lifetime Achievement Award- Little Benny
Da Blend Show can be heard each and every Monday and Wednesday nights from 6p-10p on gogoradio.com.