Due to the closure of live events brought on by the pandemic, the San Diego Music Awards were held online last year for the first time in its history. This year, the non-profit event will celebrate its 30th anniversary on August 24 at the Humphreys by the Bay concerts with a capacity of 1,450.
The 2021 edition will take place a week after the season opening shows on August 17-18 at Humphreys by the groups Mt. Joy and Trampled by Turtles.
This year will mark a return to the bay site for the award ceremony. He moved to the downtown House of Blues in 2017 after being held for over a decade at Humphreys.
“I decided to talk to Humphreys about my return because it’s our 30th anniversary,” said Kevin Hellman, founder and promoter of the San Diego Music Awards. “It was our long-time home and it’s the best place for us. It is the house. Organizing the awards ceremony outside is a plus, given the current climate (of uncertainty) in which we find ourselves.
The 2021 nominees will be announced on May 2 at 7 p.m. during a live program on sandiegomusicawards.com. Voting for candidates will be open to the public from May 15 to June 30.
The pandemic has had a direct impact on the number of categories this year, which have both decreased and increased.
Prizes will be awarded in 20 categories. Because live concerts have stopped since early 2020, award categories honoring live performances have been suspended this time around. In their place, the categories Best Video and Best R&B, Funk or Soul Album were added, as well as writing awards for Best Folk / Acoustic, Best Americana, Blues or Jazz, Best Hip-Hop, Best Pop, Best Rock and Best Indie / Alternative.
Proceeds from the awards go to the San Diego Music Foundation’s Guitars in the School program. Tickets go on sale May 10 at sandiegomusicawards.com. Prices have yet to be confirmed.