CHICAGO — Held
June 12 at the Chicago Cultural Center, this year’s OUTMusic Awards
was co-hosted by Broadway, comic and recording star Lea DeLaria, Chicago
rock personality Jinx Titanic and featured special honor presentations
to guitar legend June Millington and The Village People’s former
cowboy, Randy Jones.
Chicago’s queer-rock singer-songwriter Scott Free took top honors
at the 2005 Outmusic Awards, which honored the year’s best in gay
and lesbian music. Free was named Outmusician of the Year and his song “Another
Day of Cruelty” was named Outsong of the Year.
Another Chicago rocker — Dylan Rice — received the Outstanding
Debut Recording — Male award for his album “Wandering Eyes.”
California musicians also scored big at the OMAs with five awards going
to Caliifornia-based artists. LA-based award-winning singer/songwriter
Adrianne received the award for Outstanding New Recording — Female
for her “10,000 Stones” CD.
The four San Francisco-based recipients include Kitty Rose — extolled
by many as the “country reincarnation of singer/songwriter Katharine
Chase” — who took home an Outstanding Debut Recording — Female
for her “Kitty Rose Greatest Hits” CD. The queer pop band The
Bobbleheads won Outstanding New Recording — Band for their pop CD “Automatic
Fun,” while the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus took home the
Outstanding Choral award for “Closer Than Ever: The 25th Anniversary
Concert.” Rounding out San Francisco’s roster of winners was
hip-hopper and gender-bender Rocco Kaiyatos who took home the Outstanding
Producer Award for Katastrophe’s “Let’s Fuck, Then Talk
About My Problems.”
Two New York City based triple-nominees also scored at the awards.
Pop vocalist Ari Gold received the Outstanding New Recording — Male
award for his “Space Under Sun” CD. Award-winning singer-songwriter
Rachael Sage captured the Outstanding Songwriter for songs from her sixth
album — “Ballads & Burlesque” — a set of 10
story-songs reflecting on different aspects of seduction (Sage recently
performed at S.C. Pride in Columbia, S.C.).
The Outstanding New Recording — Instrumental award went to classical
composer and multi-Grammy nominee Jennifer Higdon for her “City Scape & Concerto
for Orchestra” recorded by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, conduced
by Robert Spano.
Adding an international flair to OUTMusic 2005 were the Irish jazz/celtic/pop
duo Zrazy, who took home the Outstanding New Recording — Duo or Group
award for their CD, “Dream On.”
Preceding the show were four days of citywide events showcasing GLBT music.
More than 70 artists, groups, songwriters and producers were nominated
in 12 Outmusic Award categories.
Outmusic is a worldwide network formed in 1991 that actively works to support
and promote the works of gay/lesbian musicians through open mics, showcases,
seminars, CD samplers and music festivals as well as sponsoring the Outmusic