Winners from Monday night’s OutMusic Awards

Chely Wright at the OMAs. (Photo by Andrew Werner)

Those OutMusic Awards people are something. They are something else. After coming off a Twitter onslaught from the Billboard Music Awards the day before, I expected to at least find out who the winners were from the ceremony as it happened. This wasn’t the case and as I scoured the social networks and interwebs, not a word of who won was available. Even this note from their site didn’t help my hopes for quick information: Stay tuned as OUTMUSIC revamps its look with a new website in the midst of the 7th Annual OUTMUSIC AWARDS. Sure it looked better, but with old press releases and 18-hour-old tweets, the realization came late that I was going to have to wait to find out who the winners were. And the wait is over — at 3 p.m. Central time the following day.

Of course, we had some personal interest vested in this year’s crop of nominees. We’ve mentioned repeatedly that local musician Gary Floyd was up for three nods and our homegrown appreciation kicked in. But this turned out to be his “glad to be nominated” year. Floyd was nominated with some primo artists like Ray Boltz and Rachael Sage, so at least we know he can hang with the some of the top names in the LGBT music scene.

The night also honored some big names in LGBT music as well. Chely Wright appeared last night to accept her Vanguard Award. Other honorees included Melissa Etheridge for Lifeteime Achievement and Sylvester for the Icon Award.

The winners list is after the jump.

—  Rich Lopez

OutMusic Awards countdown: Album of the year

The wait is over and tonight is the OutMusic Awards ceremony. And there is a possibility that three awards could go to one local. We keep mentioning that only because, um, it’s cool. Gary Floyd is going into the night with three nods. He talked with us a bit about it here. One of them could be this award, which would be huge. But let’s look at what Floyd is up against.

—  Rich Lopez

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Gary Floyd’s big weekend

Good things are in Gary Floyd’s immediate future

Gary Floyd and Julie Bonk

RICH LOPEZ  |  Staff Writer
lopez@dallasvoice.com

Local actor and musician Gary Floyd knows how to keep his dance card filled. At least he does for this particular weekend. While he’s in rehearsals for Uptown Players’ Next to Normal, he also has two big shows this weekend. Oh, and Monday could be big for him too.

“Oh I’m still excited,” he says. “I don’t think I ever lost my excitement about it.”

He’s talking about Monday’s OutMusic Awards, which he received three nominations for. Floyd was nominated for album of the year for Behold the Gospel of Zen, spiritual song for “Behold,” and the Biello-Martin Love Song of the Year for “Love of My Life.” Not too shabby. He’s glad to just get noticed.

“It seems so cliché to say but it really was awesome to be nominated,” he says. “After all these years, it’s nice to get this sort of recognition I just wish that I could have gone to go back up. I hate not to be there to support them.”

The OutMusic awards celebrate LGBT music releases in several categories akin to the Grammys. They were originally scheduled for last fall but due to an unforeseen situation, they were postponed. A major sponsor pulled out and the show literally couldn’t go on.  Floyd made the trip to New York before finding out the show was canceled. Yes, it was that sudden.

“Nobody could have foreseen that situation coming up,” he says. “I knew it would get put back together. “

The awards will be handed out Monday. While he won’t be in New York, he won’t even be able to keep tabs on if he won or not.

“I’m in rehearsals that night!”

Before then, he has a show tonight at the Center for Spiritual Living where he performs with fellow musician Julie Bonk.  Far be it for him to just offer an easy show on such a weekend.

“Well, that night we are recording a live CD and DVD,” he says. “We booked the show to be part of the Center’s concert series and decided to do a live recording.  We’ve wanted to for a long time so we’re gonna put it together, put it out there and sell it.”

On Saturday, Floyd and Bonk team with Cornell Kinderknecht for Joy-Fest. The concert is an Open Door Production at the Heart and Soul Coffeehouse in Fort Worth featuring a night of jazz and pop music with Floyd on vocals, Kinderknecht on flute and Bonk on piano.

“They had talked to Julie about an evening of music and we had been working together so it just came together,” he says. “This is my first time playing for Open Door.”

While he’ll be clearly distracted from award anxiety, he does have hopes — as probably anyone would.

“How awesome would it be to get one in the mail?” he ponders. “I’m not sure what I’ll do. Maybe have a glass of champagne.”

—  Rich Lopez

OutMusic Awards countdown: Single of the Year

The OutMusic Awards are a week out and this week we continue our mini-series with the nominees for the OutStanding Single of the Year. A couple of them you’ve likely heard of because we’ve featured them here before. The rest — well, you’re about to be introduced.

See the nominees after the jump.

—  Rich Lopez

OutMusic Awards countdown: Best rock song

If you caught it last week, I started a mini-series of sorts on the upcoming OutMusic Awards with the plan of introducing you to a handful of the nominees. The awards are two Mondays from today. Plus, it’s also a buildup before we talk to one local who snagged three nominations. These are definitely the gay Grammys but without the big type of superstars. Maybe that will change someday.

Last week, we looked at those up for Outstanding pop song, but this time, I’m feeling a little more rock ‘n’ roll. Take a look and listen at the five nominees for Outstanding rock song. Who do you think should win? Listen to all five of the nominees below:

—  Rich Lopez

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 as  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

Well, it looks like Gary Floyd won’t be taking home an OutMusic award tonight

Not really sure how I missed this, but the OutMusic Awards which were scheduled for tonight (hump day? really?) aren’t happening — for now. OutMusic announced the awards will be postponed until Spring 2011 due to a sponsor abruptly pulling out of the ceremony. According to the letter on their website, proceeding with the awards would have been a strain on their budget. I’ve pasted the entire notice after the jump.

Unfortunately, this means we’ll have to wait on whether local musician Gary Floyd is a winner. We mentioned last month that he is up for three OutMusic awards.

I fail to see how this could have happened. The 2010 awards was to be the follow-up to an astounding success of a revival when the awards were brought back last year.  According to their site, “The 2009 OUTMUSIC Awards had a record breaking attendance of 2,000 attendees. Our OUTMUSIC Awards television media sponsor Logo TV of MTV Networks, helped the organization make history by airing the Best Moments of the 2009 OUTMUSIC Awards reaching 40 million viewers. We had a host of other media sponsors via online, radio, and live event producers across the nation, moving us one step closer to achieving Equality in the music industry and the world we live in!”

Talk about ramping up to a letdown. They aren’t revealing the sponsor’s name, but if you’re curious, you can check out the list of the 2010 OMA sponsors here and make your assumptions.

—  Rich Lopez

Gary Floyd lands 3 OutMusic Award nominations

For 20 years, the OutMusic Awards have recognized openly gay musicians who not only make great music, but music that speaks to the gay community. And one of the frontrunners this year is Dallas’ Gary Floyd.

Floyd has been a staple in the Metroplex for more years than he’d like to admit, performing cabaret, musical theater and a host of other styles. But it’s for his languid, inspirational songs, represented on his 2010 album The Gospel of Zen, that he’s most recognized — locally, of course, and now nationally.

“Behold” is in contention for best contemporary spiritual song. (Last year’s winner in this category was Tony Award winner Levi Kreis.) Better still, the CD itself is nominated for best album — and we mean best overall, against such heavy-hitters as Hunter Valentine, Ray Boltz, Rachael Sage and the Heartland Men’s Chorus. Not bad for a six-song, independently-released disc.

In addition, Floyd’s composition “Love of My Life” is up for the prestigious Martin Bello Love Song Award, which comes with a cash prize. (“It’s not on the album, nor even recorded commercially [by me], though Marvin Matthews did a cover,” Floyd says.)

The nominations came out of the blue. Floyd was counseled to submit the album for consideration by his booking agent, but didn’t expect it would actually nab two major noms.

The awards, voted on by the LGBT Recording Academy, mean a lot to Floyd, as does the chance to attend the gala ceremony in New York on Dec. 1 — it will be hosted by Carol Channing, with Cyndi Lauper, Melissa Etheridge and Chely Wright set to attend.

— Arnold Wayne Jones

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition November 12, 2010.

—  Michael Stephens