The fourth annual RightOutTV Music & Video Awards showcasing the best original musical works coming out of the global LGBT community has announced its 2014 winners. The honorees have been chosen from an extraordinary group of creative and talented artists who deserve recognition not only for their recordings and videos but for their courage to publicly stand out and proud.
The judges’ choices in 16 categories were based on criteria such as emotional impact, artist performance and song writing ability. The judges’ decisions to narrow the nominees down to one winner was, once again this year, quite difficult.
“With the newly added categories Best Video and Best Song with a Social Message, these artists were able to present what many of them do best, affecting change in the world by shining a light on the issues they feel strongly about,” said Marlee Walchuk, co-producer of the RightOutTV Awards.
“We are so proud every year to bring these artists to new fans and press and radio outlets that can help give them a better global reach. Many of these artists have already been added to playlists for queer radio stations and been written up in well-known LGBT online publications and blogs just for being in the contest,” added Tully Callender, the other half the production team.
The nominees are invited each year to announce their peers in a highly entertaining online awards presentation which can be seen here.
Watch the RightOutTV Awards on YouTube.
Without further ado, the 2014 RightOutTV Music & Video Awards winners are:
BEST LYRIC VIDEO
Matt Fishel – Finally (United Kingdom)
BEST SONG SO FAR
Janet Whiteway – Pure Sunshine (Canada)
BEST VIDEO SO FAR
I.K.P. – Hunt Me Down (United States)
BEST ELECTRONIC or DANCE SONG
Matt Zarley – Somebody 4 Everybody (United States)
BEST SOUL / HIP HOP / RAP or R&B SONG
D’Lance Jones – Forever With You (United States)
BEST FOLK / ROOTS or COUNTRY SONG
Sarah Golden – The One I Love (United States)
BEST SPIRITUAL / JAZZ / BLUES or INSTRUMENTAL SONG
Jamie Anderson – Black and White (Canada)
BEST VIDEO DIY (Do It Yourself)
K. Anderson – 14 Year Old Me (United Kingdom)
BEST PERFORMANCE IN A LIVE VIDEO
Jamie Anderson with Mark Russell – Her Problem Now (Canada)
MOST MOVING VIDEO
Steven Gallavin – La Chanson des vieux amants (Switzerland)
BEST VIDEO WITH A SOCIAL MESSAGE
Nastaij – You Don’t Represent Me feat Dawn Laird (Australia)
BEST SONG WITH A SOCIAL MESSAGE
Summer Osborne – This Is Your Call (United States)
BEST VIDEO (PRO)
Michael V. Doane – Looking For Love (United States)
BEST POP SONG
Alex Woburn – Stop Playing The Film (United Kingdom)
BEST ROCK SONG
Megan Lane – Someday We Will Leave this Town (Canada)
SONG OF THE YEAR
Kevin Wood – One Time Around (United States)
FAN FAVE AWARD
Kevin Wood (United States)
The RightOutTV Music and Video Awards is an offshoot of the free LGBTI artist promotional site at RightOutTV.com. Walchuk and Callender of the music duo Sugarbeach launched RightOutTV in November 2010 after realizing there were few places to release their own queer-messaged music videos. The women – married to each other – also saw a need for more unity in the global LGBTI music community. RightOutTV was created as a vehicle to serve both these purposes and to provide a fully developed promotional website and for artists who deserve more credit for being Out and proud with their music.