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2015 nola music awards
2015 nola music awards

Fats Domino, Juvenile + More To Be Honored At 2015 NOLA Music Awards

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Championing the awesome power and impact of America's greatest musical city, the NOLA Music Awards will once again honor the Big Easy's legends and rising stars when it returns on Saturday, October 24th. This year, rock-and-roll originator Fats Domino will receive the ceremony's Pioneer Award, while Juvenile will take home the apropos Icon honors.

In addition, the title of "Legend" will be bestowed upon trumpeter, bandleader, singer, and songwriter Kermit Ruffins, while Cash Money-signee Ms. Tee will claim the Vanguard award for helping re-affirm New Orleans's place on the hip-hop map. The awards ceremony is in truth part of a massive musical weekend that will bring jam sessions, live art installations, seminars, cyphers and more to New Orleans in the lead-up to the big event. This year's proceedings are being hosted by local favorites Shiny Green and DJ Rob Nice.

And, of course, the awards will feature plenty of live music, with jazz, blues and hip-hop acts all slated to perform during the festivities. But perhaps even more important than celebrating (and by all means, NOLA knows how to party) is the emphasis on giving back—the NOLA Music Awards offers internship and mentoring programs throughout the course of the event, stating a mission of empowering creative young people. From writers' clinics to music industry mixers, the festival will offer more than anyone could really imagine.

Read the full schedule of events here.