DRUM!'s annual Drummie voting has kicked off. Thousands of drummers will vote for the top players of the past year in more than twenty categories, from Rock and Hip-Hop drummer to Latin and Worldbeat Percussionist categories. Plus there are categories for instruments and drumming DVDs. DRUM! and Drummmagazine.com users can vote here. The complete press release about the 2011 Drummies follows.
It’s that time of year, yep, Enter Music Publishing’s Annual Drummies Awards/Poll programs is now officially open for voting. Having gained respect from the drum/music industry as the most comprehensive Award/Polling events, drummers, fans and anybody else interested can now cast their votes online until May 1 at http://www.drummagazine.com/drummies.
For Immediate, Rhythmic Release-San Jose, California. Enter Music Publishing, publishers of hip, drum percussion magazines, worldwide and online, expects very strong voting returns as was experienced last year. In 2010, approximately 6500 drummers participated in The Drummies, which comprise 40 categories, from “Best Drummer” to “Most Popular Cymbal.”
“The Drummies is one of the most interesting events that we put on each year,” said Phil Hood, publisher and co-founder of Enter Music Publishing. “And with the success that we had in terms of sheer numbers last year, we expect this year’s Drummies to be just as exciting.”
The Drummies Deal
As reported by the company last year, there are certain rules that govern the Drummies, such as:
1. You can only vote once.
2. Voting is open to anybody – you don’t have to be a subscriber to the magazine or work in the industry.
3. You don’t have to vote in all categories.
4. Drummers who have won five or more times in a single category aren’t eligible to win in that category again. But they can win another category.
In regard to that last point, eleven drummers were inducted this past February into the Drummies Hall Of Fame, after having won a single category five times. As a result, they are no longer eligible to win in that category. These include: Travis Barker (punk) Neil Peart (drummer of the year), Questlove (hip-hop), Chad Smith (funk) Josh Freese (Studio Drumset), Luis Conte (Studio Percussion) Airto (Jazz Percussion), Govanni Hidalgo (Latin Percussion), Joey Jordison (Metal), Dave Weckl (Jazz/Fusion), and Carter Beauford (Jam Band).
No More Neil – Who will take the throne?
Since Neil Peart is no longer eligible to win “Best Drummer,” it will be quite a surprise to see who fills the slot. The race for “Best Drummer” last year was quite close between Peart and Barker, with Peart prevailing by just a few votes.
“This category, over the last 15 years, has always been the most active” Hood noted. “As we progress through the voting, it will be interesting to see who takes it this year.”
As stated above, all votes must be cast by May 1. The complete results will be made available July 1 and published in the August 2011 Issue of DRUM!
About Enter Music Publishing
Founded in San Jose, CA in 1992, Enter Music Publishing, Inc. is a leading publisher of drumming information in print and online. DRUM! is the flagship publication of Enter Music Publishing, Inc. and continues to set the industry standard for editorial quality and innovation. The company’s mission is to be the best source of drumming news and info on this planet, and others as they become populated.