The 5th Annual Charlotte Music Awards' Red Carpet Affair takes place Thursday, December 8, at Halton Arena on the campus of Central Piedmont Community College (1206 Elizabeth Ave). The awards show not only represents the Charlotte area, but includes musical acts from throughout the Carolinas.
Winners from a series of genre-specific showcases that took place throughout 2011 will perform. Those include Asheville's Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band (pictured left), bluegrass/Americana showcase winner the Toneblazers, country showcase winner Jeff Luckadoo & Southern Wave, From a Seed (winner of the "Women in Rock" showcase), Lifegiver (winner of the Christian music showcase), Charlotte-based R&B singer J. Chozen (pictured below), urban hip hop showcase winner Carlimo Da Don, All My Rowdy Friends, the Mary Selvidge Band (winner of the "Women in Country Showcase"), and Winston-Salem's Stephen Freeman, winner of the tribute artist showcase who performs as the King of Rock n' Roll.
Harriet Coffey and Dwight Moody will receive Lifetime Achievement Awards. Presenters include several local and regional radio and TV personalities.
The ceremony starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 or $50 for the ceremony and VIP reception. For more information go to www.charlottemusicawards.org