2013 Omaha Entertainment & Arts Awards | Photo Essay

photos and words by Molly Misek

Matt Whipkey left Omaha’s downtown Double Tree Hotel double-fisting the marquee hardware of the 2013 Omaha Entertainment & Arts Awards.

Whipkey was possibly the Sunday night’s biggest storyline in the music category, going home with the awards for Best Artist and Best Album for last summer’s release of Penny Park.

In the packed ballroom at Double Tree Hotel, the OEAA presentation audience consisted of musicians, actors, visual artists, writers, directors and others.The three primary OEAA categories were Performing Arts, Visual Arts and Music.

The music category was represented through live performances by the country duo Belles & Whistles, Best Hip Hop/Rap winners Purveyors of the Conscious Sound and Josh Hoyer and the Shadowboxers, who took home the award for Best R&B/Soul.

See more winners below, as well as photos from the night’s musical performances:

Best Hard Rock: Never Trust the Living

Best Singer-Songwriter: John Klemmensen and the Party

Best DJ/Electronic: Kaitlyn Hova

Best Country/Americana: Matt Cox Band

Best R&B/Soul: Josh Hoyer & The Shadowboxers

Best Hip Hop/Rap: Purveyors of the Conscious Sound

Best Progressive Rock/Funk/Experimental: Satchel Grande

Best Ethnic: Rhythm Collective

Best Cover Band: Bennie and the Gents

Artist of the Year: Matt Whipkey

Best New Artist: Twinsmith

*Not pictured: Snake Island! (Best Rock), Hector Anchondo Band (Best Blues), Omaha Guitar Trio (Best Jazz) and Icky Blossoms (Best Alternative/Indie).

Belles & Whistles Performance

Purveyors of the Conscious Sound Performance

Josh Hoyer and the Shadowboxers Performance

Molly Misek is a multimedia intern at Hear Nebraska. She likes to think her live tweets of the OEAAs were relatively humorous, but they probably weren’t. Reach her at mollym@hearnebraska.org.