Hey, local-music fans! We need your help to determine Tucson music's best bands and releases over the last year.
The Tucson Area Music Awards (TAMMIES) honors those musicians, professional and amateur alike, who make our local music scene great. It's a tough job at times, and we want to give credit where credit is due.
Please fill out as many categories on this ballot as possible (if you have an informed opinion, that is)--but fill out only one ballot per person, please.
Rules and Explanations:
How does this whole voting thing work?
Fill out the ballot to the best of your ability, and submit it! It’s that simple. However, be sure to include BOTH a working phone number AND an e-mail address; otherwise, your vote will not be counted.(E-mail addresses and phone numbers will NOT be sold or used for any purpose other than verifying ballots.)
What if my number’s unlisted, and/or I don’t want to include it on the ballot?
Well, then your ballot will be deleted. Sorry. That’s the way it is. No exceptions!
When’s the voting deadline?
Votes will be accepted, barring any technological issues and/or dangling-chad problems, through noon on Wednesday, Aug. 1.
How many times can I vote?
Once, and only once. No ballot-box-stuffing, either; we’ll be watching cookies and IP addresses and all sorts of other stuff, so don’t even try it. At least that’s what the tech guys tell us.
What’s the difference between the Readers’ Choice and the Critics’ Choice finalists?
The Readers’ Choice finalists were picked by our splendid readers who voted online in April and May. Our Critics’ Choice finalists were picked by a talented group of local journalists, club-bookers and other music experts; they sent their votes to our music editor, and he counted ’em up. If there’s a “C” next to the name on the sample ballot, that means that group/musician was one of the top vote-getters among the critics; if there’s an “R,” that means that group/musician was one of the top vote-getters among the readers. If there’s both a “C” and an “R,” well, duh, that means that group/musician was at or near the top of the lists with both our critics and readers!
Why do some categories have as few as two finalists, while others have as many as eight?
It all depends on how many votes we received, and how close the vote tallies were. We didn’t want to eliminate any worthy finalists if the vote difference was small; likewise, we didn’t want to pad the numbers of finalists when there were clear-cut results.
When will the winners be announced?
At the TAMMIES concert and ceremony on Wednesday, Sept. 5, at the Rialto Theatre. We will publish our special TAMMIES section around that time.
Anything else we readers/voters should know?
Sure; let’s go over the important stuff again. Only one ballot per person, please. Ballots without both an e-mail address AND a phone number will NOT be counted. Ballot-box stuffing will not be tolerated. Any ballots submitted as part of a suspected ballot-box-stuffing effort will be thrown out at the discretion of the editor. If you have questions, call 295-4221 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Campaigning is just fine; attempts to unfairly sway the results of the voting are not.