San Diego Music Awards
Rebecca Jade, who leads San Diego Music Awards nominees with five. Photo credit: Screen shot, Peter Sprague, via YouTube

Singer Rebecca Jade leads the nominees for the 31st annual San Diego Music Awards with five nods, followed by rockers Mrs. Henry with four.

Jade was nominated as a solo artist in the Song of the Year category, along with Best Video, and R&B Funk or Soul Song for “What’s It Gonna Be.” In fact, she was nominated three times in the latter category; she performs as a featured artist on the nominated songs “Toes in the Sand,” by Jas Miller, and “When the Battle is Over,” by the Sully Band.

Mrs. Henry received nominations for Album of the Year, Rock Album of the Year, Best Rock Artist and Best Video.

Other top-nominated artists include:

  • Crhymes – Hip-Hop/Rap Song, Best Hip-Hop/Rap Artist, World Music Album (collaboration)
  • Riston Diggs – Album of Year, Best Hip-hop/Rap Artist, Hip-Hop/Rap Album
  • Nights Like Thieves – Best Video, Rock Album, Best Rock Artist
  • Sara Petite – Album of Year, Best Country or Americana Artist, Country or Americana Album
  • The Petty Saints – Best Video, Indie/Alternative Album, Best Indie/Alternative Artist
  • The Verigolds – Album of Year, Pop Album, Best Pop Artist

The annual awards show is set for April 19 on the outdoor concert stage at Humphreys by the Bay. Public voting for the awards, open now online, will continue until 5 p.m. March 15.

Since the show’s inception in 1991, proceeds from the San Diego Music Awards have been used to support music programs in local K-12 schools through the San Diego Music Foundation’s Guitars for Schools program.

Nearly $700,000 in proceeds have been donated to the cause, with instruments going to more than 100 public schools countywide.

A selection of the 2022 San Diego Music Awards nominees (for the full list, see the awards website):

Album of the Year

  • Mrs. Henry – Keep on Rising – Act I: The Sex Sells, Love Drugs, Rock N Roll Society
  • Patrick Yandall – Chasing the Lights
  • Sara Petite – Rare Bird
  • Sonido de la Frontera – Sonidero Guerrillero
  • Riston Diggs – 35
  • Tamar Berk – The Restless Dreams of Youth
  • The Verigolds – Take to the Sun

Song of the Year

  • Angels & Airwaves – Euphoria
  • Jason Mraz – Be Where Your Feet Are
  • Rebecca Jade – What’s It Gonna Be
  • Slightly Stoopid – Everyday Life, Everyday People
  • Switchfoot – i need you (to be wrong)
  • Thee Sacred Souls – Will I See You Again
  • Wavves – Help is on the Way

Best New Artist

  • A Lens to the Sun
  • Lords of the Satellite
  • PLOSIVS
  • Slack Key Ohana
  • Smoke + Mirrors Soundsystem
  • Son of Kane
  • The Fazes

Best Video

  • MDRN HSTRY – Holiday Hate
  • Mrs. Henry – Peace, Love Rock n Roll
  • Nights Like Thieves – Follow Light
  • Rebecca Jade – What’s It Gonna Be
  • Shane Hall – Life Up
  • The Petty Saints – Clean Hands and Guilt
  • The Tourmaliners – Point Break

Best Local Recording

  • A Lens to the Sun – s/t
  • Atom Orr – Edge of Today
  • Jordan Krimston – Bushwhacking
  • Nicey Nice World – Nonsectarian
  • Quel Bordel! – Dinner For Derelicts
  • Sluka – Figure It Out
  • Sue Palmer & Her Motel Swing Orchestra – Movin’ Along

Best R&B, Funk or Soul Album

  • Chauncey Maynor – Masterpiece
  • DevLord – Deaden
  • Jehlad Hickson – A Wonderful Life
  • Kogee Soul Reprise – Silver Lining
  • Laser Rot – FunkTonic
  • Scoobert Doobert – Big Hug
  • TonyaJae & Carlo V. – Sweet Talk

Best World Music Album

  • Crucial Blend – Cruel World
  • Ginger Roots and The Protectors – Don’t Stop the Groove
  • KBong – Let Love Lead
  • Marujah con Crhymes – Blind American
  • Sankoh & The Rockaway Kings – Can’t Touch I
  • Slack Key Ohana – s/t
  • Sonido de la Frontera – Sonido Guerrillero

Best Indie/Alternative Album

  • Evening’s Empire – Alive For Us
  • Imagery Machine – Reflections of Reality
  • King Whisker – Relaxing with Aunt Janine
  • Machine Politik – s/t
  • Subsurfer – Subversive
  • The Petty Saints – Long Way Home
  • Urethane – Chasing Horizons

Best Rock Album

  • Dewey Defeats Truman – The Way You Shatter
  • The Hiroshima Mockingbirds – 2
  • Elektric Voodoo – Telescope
  • Monarch – Future Shock
  • Mrs. Henry – Keep On Rising – Act I : The Sex Sells, Love Drugs, Rock N Roll Society
  • Nathan Raney – Season of Serenity
  • Nights Like Thieves – Better Late Than Never

Best Pop Album

  • Bart Mendoza – 66/68
  • Bella Kaye – Learning to Be
  • Calen Lucas – Young
  • Kieler Avery – Punchline
  • Paige Koehler – Sorry I’m Late
  • Tamar Berk – The Restless Dreams of Youth
  • The Verigolds – Take to the Sun

Best Hip Hop/Rap Album

  • Bizzy Balboa – Purification
  • Bloodstone the Street Preacher – My Testimony # 2
  • D.N.D. – Destroy Never Die
  • Riston Diggs – 35
  • Sham Blak – The Evolution of Sham Blak: As Lucc Would Have It
  • The Toven – Walk of Fame 2
  • Twomps – Pawns or Kings

Best Country or Americana Album

  • Clinton Davis – If I Live And I Don’t Get Killed
  • Coral Bells – Still Be Home
  • MohaviSoul – Stories & Memories
  • Sandé Lollis – Being Human
  • Sara Petite – Rare Bird
  • The Cedar Shakers – Signs
  • The Sea Monks – Lost Again

Best Jazz or Blues Album

  • Chickenbone Slim – Serve It To Me Hot
  • Chunky Hustle Brass Band – ChuBB
  • Ira B. Liss Big Band – Mazel Tov Kocktail!
  • Ghost Jazz Trio – On the Level
  • Patrick Yandall – Chasing the Light
  • Peter Sprague – Blue Kind of Miles
  • Steve Nichols – The Guitar Sounds of Steve Nichols

Best Folk or Acoustic Album

  • Amanda Munro – Clean Slate
  • Blossom & Bloom – Songs to Sing
  • Bobo Czarnowski – The Man I Hope to Be
  • Dave Preston – Tehachapi Line
  • Jefferson Jay – Welcome
  • Maya Rosenbaum – House of Cards
  • Whiskey & Burlap – Around the Bend