ION INDIE MAGAZINE September 2016, Volume 28 - Page 43

During the red carpet arrivals, a reception and mixer was the perfect opportunity for nominees, performers, musicians, and industry professionals to "meet and greet", and swap stories. The opening speech for the show by Executive Producer, Omar McCallop, was on point and perfectly timed when he so eloquently said, “In today's world of unrest, hatred, violence and division, music is one of the very few things that brings us together as people. As I look around the room, I see all different kinds of race and color, from all different genres of music; all here for one reason…for the love of music and for what they do in their craft--and to support each other as brothers and sisters." As a photojournalist for ION covering the event, undoubtedly the highlights of the night for me were having the honor of being asked to accept the award for “Female Rock Artist of The Year” for Lauren Nicole (who was home getting over pneumonia and couldn't be there) and seeing my friends in the band The Reason You Stayed from Charlotte, win “Rock Band of The Year”. The complete list of the 2016 Carolina Music Awards Winners is as follows: Hip Hop Male - Jackie Spade Best New Artist - OC from NC Hip Hop Female - Mosca Flux Hip Hop Group - Free The Optimus R&B Male - Quentin Rashad R&B Female - J Safina Rock Male - Drake Murphy Rock Female - Lauren Nicole Rock Band/Group - The Reason You Stayed Country Male - Darrell Harwood Country Female - Faith Bardill Country Band/Group - Louis Waymore Americana / Bluegrass - Henry River Honey Model - Janetlys Rodriguez Producer - Raymond Maxwell Video Hip Hop /R&B - Love is a Lie - Cody Daniel Video Rock /Country - The Only Guy - Tiffany Ashton Youth - Marye Amanda Youth Video - Abby Stephens - Best Day Ever DJ - DJ Wade Banner Story and Photos by Gary Carota and Gary Carota Images, exclusively for ION Indie Magazine and The 2016 Carolina Music Awards.