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The Austin Music Awards annually recognizes the accomplishments of the local artists and industry professionals who have forged Austin’s international musical reputation. The event celebrates Austin’s outstanding live music achievements of the previous year, as voted on by  Austin Chronicle readers in the alternative weekly’s long-running Music Poll, as well as honors the legacies of Texas music’s most influential artists, annually inducted into the AMA’s Hall of Fame.

Founded in 1983 by The Austin Chronicle, the Austin Music Awards has evolved from its early DIY days into a star-studded, must-attend night championing Texas’ diverse musical culture, including rock, country, blues, Latin, folk, punk, pop, and world music genres. Musicians who first attracted critical attention by winning AMA awards have gone on to win Grammys, including Stevie Ray Vaughan, Asleep at the Wheel, Grupo Fantasma, Lucinda Williams, Spoon, and Joe Ely. Past guest appearances at the AMA include Bruce Springsteen, Renée Zellweger, Robert Plant, Fab 5 Freddy, and many more.

Stay tuned for big surprises in the 36th year of the Austin Music Awards and Check out the Austin Chronicle’s 35th Austin Music Awards Anniversary issue!

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