We are now accepting submissions for the 2024 SDMAs. Albums or songs must be released between January 1 and December 31, 2023, to be considered. Artist must be a San Diego resident to qualify.
2023 SDMA Winners List
The following are the winners of the 32nd annual San Diego Music Awards, presented on Tuesday, April 25, 2023 at Humphreys by the Bay.
Best Folk or Acoustic Song: Michael Tiernan – Life in 3D
Best Folk or Acoustic Album: Dave Preston – Alligator Shoes
Best Jazz Artist: Ed Kornhause
Best Jazz or Blues Album: Gilbert Castellanos – Espérame en el Cielo
Best Blues Artist: Anthony Cullins
Best Country or Americana Artist: Kimmi Bitter
Best Country or Americana Album: Jeff Berkley & the banned – I Can Reach the Stars
Best Hip Hop/Rap Artist: Brothers Burns
Best Hip Hop/Rap Song: Bassassin feat. Mitchy Slick – Padre Gang
Best Hip Hop/Rap Album: Katie LaDubz – Pressure
Best Indie/Alternative Artist: Aviator Stash
Best Indie/Alternative Album: Wild Wild Wets – Love Always
Best Pop Artist: Jonny Tarr
Best Pop Song: Audrey Callahan – Good Good Energy
Best Pop Album: Joshua Taylor – Unscene
Best Rock Artist: The Farmers
Best Rock Album: The Tourmaliners – Surfidia
Best Rock or Indie/Alternative Song: Joshua Taylor – Cars Don’t Run Forever
Best World Music Album: Sandollar – Under the Water
Best R&B, Funk or Soul Song: Thee Sacred Souls – Love Is The Way
Best R&B, Funk or Soul Album: Rebecca Jade – A Shade of Jade
Best Local Recording: Ass Pocket Whiskey Fellas – Third Flagon
Best Video: Black Market III – Rosalee
Best New Artist: Ash Easton
Artist of the Year: Jeff Berkley
Song of the Year: Daring Greatly – Never a Goodbye
Album of the Year: Gilbert Castellanos – Espérame en el Cielo
Lifetime Achievement Award: Mike Keneally
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