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 email@example.com.