RightOutTV announces nominees for its inaugural music video awards

The last time I wrote about RightOutTV, they were just getting started with their mission of providing an outlet for music videos by LGBT musicians. A year later, the site is about to give out its first awards. They posted the nominees for the first RightOutTV Music Video Awards. OK, it’s not MTV, but the channel, started by Sugarbeach duo Marlee Walchuk and Tully Callender, has remained committed to their mission and the list is a healthy representation of the past year’s offerings by queer musicians. They even have judges!

Texas didn’t fare too well in the nominees list. Actually, it didn’t fare at all. But several artists that we have reported on made the cut including Sonia & Disappear Fear with three noms, Nhojj with two and Melissa Ferrick with one. There are some impressive videos in the bunch but I’m kinda pulling for Yovanni’s “Hello.” The production on that is insanely good.

A list of the nominees is after the jump. Winners will be announced Nov. 27.

—  Rich Lopez

WATCH: Nhojj’s ‘Amazing Grace’ video taps into gay marriage — and it’s kinda awkward

Soul singer and OutMusic award winner Nhojj recently released his version of “Amazing Grace” along with a video that depicts a same-sex relationship and wedding. He released it for the Easter holiday (yeah, I’m late to this, sorry), and it’s interesting to take such a traditional hymn and use it in the context of LGBT issues. Smart. Nhojj has an impressive back catalog, and I think he’s important to putting out music with a specific gay perspective, but sometimes he traps himself into overkill which he did with this video.

Candles on the piano, goofy and cliche romantic exchanges, and the singer and actor who just don’t seem that into each other, take away from a beautifully constructed song. Nhojj’s voice is pretty close to heaven, but he missed the mark visually on the song. The funny thing is that the press release kept mentioning that the video was groundbreaking and inspiring because it depicted a same-sex wedding and an interracial couple. That might have been had the video been any good.

—  Rich Lopez