OutMusic Awards countdown: Pop song nominees

Last December we were pretty excited about the OutMusic awards because Dallas’ own Gary Floyd was up for three of them. But the day came and without a whole lot of fanfare, the awards were postponed. Ouch. That initial sting is gone and now the awards are set for May 23, three weeks from today, and take place at Live Nation’s Irving Plaza in New York.

With 20 awards to be handed out, along with the usual special awards and honors, I’m going to post some of the nominees, as well asĀ  introduce some LGBT artists that may not be on your radar, every Monday up until the awards happen. We’ll talk more about Floyd as the time comes, but in the meantime, enjoy these nominees after the jump in the Pop Song category.

—  Rich Lopez

Anti-gay musician Buju Binton’s Dallas show canceled

Change.org reported yesterday that concert promoter Live Nation has canceled Buju Binton’s concert at the House of Blues in October. Live Nation was under fire by the people at Change who protested Live Nation’s involvement with the Jamaician dancehall musician and petitioned members to boycott the promoters. Binton is notorious for including severely homophobic remarks in his songs.

Live Nation announced the cancellation yesterday which included his Dallas and Houston shows, both at House of Blues.

Kettle Art owner and artist Frank Campagna paints the concert panels House of Blues posts outside. He read about the cancellation today from the Advocate. “I painted this sucker for them and now it’s no good. And that’s just fine because obviously he’s no good,” Campagna said.

Please file him under Straight Men We Love.

—  Rich Lopez