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As part of Best Of 2022, we invited you to help us in the nomination phase by writing in your top picks in some select music categories. The Top 5 in each artist category are now the nominees for Music Awards 2022. The Music Awards ballot will be live Mon, Oct 10, thru Sun, Nov 20, at Then, stay tuned for details about the festival (#MAF22) and awards ceremony.

Rock Artist

Readers’ Top 5:

Celestíal L’Amour • Jaybirds • Novakain • Royal Sons • Uncle Toasty




Readers’ Top 5:

Sammy Kidd, Mean Motor Scooter • Celestíal L’Amour • Blake Parish, Royal Sons • Nick Tittle, Arenda Light • JP Walsh, Jaybirds



Readers’ Top 5:

Rowdy Carter, Arenda Light • Kyle Kain, Novakain • Sammy Kid, Uncle Toasty • Darrin Kobetich • Matt Tedder


Rap/R&B Artist

Readers’ Top 5:

88 Killa • Lil Sick • Lou Charle$ • SageModeWrex • YMG Yolo



Readers’ Top 5:

John Bereuter, Novakain • Jeffrey Chase Friedman, Mean Motor Scooter • Matt Mabe, Arenda Light • Connor Mullen, Jaybirds • Mike Surdel, Uncle Toasty


Country Artist

Readers’ Top 5:

Summer Dean • Jesse Jennings • Cody Jinks • Joe Savage • Squeezebox Bandits



Readers’ Top 5:

DJ CV Fields (Connor Fields)• DJ Databass • DJ Dogstyle (Michael Sherman) • DJ Reckless1 (Ross Cardona) • DJ Technic (Ryan Cerda)


Folk Artist

Readers’ Top 5:

Jacob Furr • Charles Gaby • Mandy Hand • Keegan McInroe Cameron Smith



Readers’ Top 5:

Josh Brantley, Jaybirds • Panda Cuenca, Phantomelo • Dylan Kain, Novakain • Dustin Schneider, Spectacle; Uncle Toasty • Joe Tacke, Mean Motor Scooter


Blues Artist

Readers’ Top 5:

James Hinkle • JZ & Dirty Pool • Michael Lee • Holland K. Smith • Buddy Whittington



Readers’ Top 5:

Rick Fulton, Cortez • Steve Hammond, Chet Stevens Band • Justin Pate, JZ & Dirty Pool • Chris Watson, Retrophonics • Eric Webb, Cut Throat Finches


Music Lessons

Readers’ Top 5:

Arlington School of Music • Fort Worth Music Academy • Ketos Creative • Music Junkie Studios • School of Rock


Music Store

Readers’ Top 4:

Competition Music • Lamb’s Music • Music Go Round • Zoo Music


Open-Mic Night

Readers’ Top 5:

Black Dog Jam, Scat Jazz Lounge • Blues Jam w/Playtown, Lola’s Fort Worth • Lazy Daisy Coffee Bar • McFly’s Pub • Pinky’s Champagne Room & Velvet Jazz Lounge


Tribute Artist

Readers’ Top 5:

Ashmore • Chasing Rent • The Dick Beldings • Poo Live Crew • Rise Against the Machine



Readers’ Top 5:

“Away from Dead,” Arenda Light • “Butcher of Burundi,” Uncle Toasty • “Honey Bee,” Jaybirds • “I Don’t Care,” Novakain • “Shark Attack,” Phantomelo



Readers’ Top 5:

Let It Break, Jaybirds • The Oh No! Unknown, Novakain • Pipeline, Cool Jacket • Praise & Warships, Royal Sons • Uncle Toasty, Uncle Toasty



Readers’ Top 5:

Billy Bob’s Texas • Lola’s Fort Worth • Magnolia Motor Lounge • The Post at River East • Tulips FTW


To read about the winners, go to the Best Of Getting & SpendingPeople & PlacesArts & CultureNight & DayGood Grub, and On The Town section articles on To see the Best Of 2022 special edition in a flipbook, page-by-page format, click here.


  1. Not a whole lot of variety here……? The same bands are listed in nearly every other category. I don’t understand how so many people were looked over in the process of making this list.