Drummies! 2015 Artist Awards

2015 Artist Drummies

The 2015 Drummies! Artist Winners are featured in the April 2015 issue of DRUM!

While it requires years of study and practice just to deliver a respectable performance, drumming isn't simply a craft attained by taking a series of steps. It's a universal language that can express emotions, convey ideas, and inspire ingenuity, which is why it's important for every drummer to have something to say.

Just as you wouldn't want to read the same sentence twice, you also don't want to hear all drummers spin the same licks. True innovators endlessly push the limits of their technique and reach beyond their grasp to enhance and expand the drumming vocabulary. Our annual Drummies! Readers Poll exists solely to recognize their great contributions.

About the process: We first reached out to experts in the drum and recording industries to nominate finalists in each category. Once they were tabulated, we took the four top vote winners and asked you, our readers, to choose those drummers and percussionists who would win the ultimate prize. This year, we also offered an optional write-in candidate during the final vote, to level the playing field.

So here are the winners of the 2014 Drummies! Artist Awards, chosen by you.

DRUMMER OF THE YEAR: Tim Alexander

RUNNERS-UP:
Simon Phillips
JoJo Mayer
Kenny Aronoff
Daru Jones

ALTERNATIVE ROCK DRUMMER: Tim Alexander

RUNNERS-UP:
Matt Cameron
Jeff Friedl
Thom Green
Daniel Platzman

ROCK/POP DRUMMER: Eric Hernandez

RUNNERS-UP:
George "Spanky" McCurdy
Daru Jones
Daniel Platzman
Brian Frasier Moore

RISING STAR: Anika Niles

RUNNERS-UP:
Alex Rudinger
Matt Garstka
Bryan Carter
Eric Hernandez

FUNK DRUMMER: Stanton Moore

RUNNERS-UP:
Chris Dave
Adam Deitch
Robert "Sput" Searight
Terence Higgins

HARD ROCK DRUMMER: Aquiles Preister

RUNNERS-UP:
Charlie Benante
Glen Sobel
Shannon Larkin
Danny Carey

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PROGRESSIVE ROCK DRUMMER: Mike Portnoy

RUNNERS-UP:
Mike Mangini
Gavin Harrison
Matt Garstka
Danny Carey

EXTREME METAL DRUMMER: Billy Rymer

RUNNERS-UP:
Derek Roddy
Gene Hoglan
George Kollias
Aquiles Priester

GOSPEL DRUMMER: Aaron Spears

RUNNERS-UP:
Teddy Campbell
George "Spanky" McCurdy
Lil John Roberts
Calvin Rodgers

JAZZ DRUMMER: Ronald Bruner Jr.

RUNNERS-UP:
Peter Erskine
Otis Brown III
Mark Guiliana
Johnny Vidacovich

HIP-HOP DRUMMER: Tony Royster Jr.

RUNNERS-UP:
George "Spanky" McCurdy
Robert "Sput" Searight
Lil John Roberts
Greg Clark

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PUNK DRUMMER: Brooks Wackerman

RUNNERS-UP:
Jordan Burns
Brandon Barnes
Jorma Vik
Brandon Pertzborn

BLUES DRUMMER: Tony Coleman

RUNNERS-UP:
Tim Austin
Stephane Avellaneda
Johnny Radelat
Matt Abts

COUNTRY DRUMMER: Sean Paddock

RUNNERS-UP:
Rich Redmond
Sean Fuller
Chris McHugh
Garrett Goodwin

DRUM SET CLINICIAN: Todd Sucherman

RUNNERS-UP:
Mike Johnston
Kenny Aronoff
Stanton Moore
Rich Redmond

STUDIO DRUMMER: Vinnie Colaiuta

RUNNERS-UP:
Kenny Aronoff
Matt Chamberlain
Peter Erskine
Nate Morton

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PERCUSSIONIST OF THE YEAR: Pete Lockett

RUNNERS-UP:
Daniel de los Reyes
Taku Hirano
Luisito Quintero
Mike Dillon

WORLD PERCUSSIONIST: Pete Lockett

RUNNERS-UP:
Zakir Hussain
Valerie Naranjo
Jamey Haddad
Ekendra Das

RISING STAR PERCUSSIONIST: Jhair Sala

RUNNERS-UP:
Weedie Braimah
Casey Cangelosi
Mona Tavakoli
Rafael Pereira

JAZZ PERCUSSIONIST: Nick Mancini

RUNNERS-UP:
Jamey Haddad
Luisito Quintero
James Shipp
Sammy Figueroa

PERCUSSION CLINICIAN: Karl Perazzo

RUNNERS-UP:
Alex Acuña
Pete Lockett
Gordon Stout
Lalo Davila

PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE: Blue Man Group

RUNNERS-UP:
Street Drum Corps
So Percussion
TorQ Percussion Quartet
Top Secret Drum Corps

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ROCK/POP/HIP-HOP PERCUSSIONIST: Mike Dillon

RUNNERS-UP:
Taku Hirano
Aaron Draper
Terry Santiel
Chastity Ashley

LATIN PERCUSSIONIST: Alex Acuña

RUNNERS-UP:
Luisito Quintero
Richie Flores
Pete Korpela
Pedrito Martinez

STUDIO PERCUSSIONIST: Alex Acuña

RUNNERS-UP:
Lenny Castro
Pete Korpela
Kevin Ricard
Richard Bravo