Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Aquarium Drunkard Wins O Music Award For Best Indie Music Blog

Site bested rivals like Brooklyn Vegan and Gorilla vs. Bear to take home the inaugural award.
By MTV News staff

Aquarium Drunkard
Photo: Justin Gage

Aquarium Drunkard, the Los Angeles-based site that features daily music news, interviews, reviews, MP3 samples and original music sessions, was named the winner of the inaugural O Music Awards' Best Independent Music Blog award on Tuesday (April 26).

As determined by fan voting, AD beat out a field that included sites like, and to win the Best Independent Music Blog title. Started in 2005 by Justin Gage, the site features contributions from everyone from My Morning Jacket's Jim James to Robyn Hitchcock, and has since spun off a record label (Autumn Tone Records), a series of live concerts, and a weekly broadcast on Sirius/XM's XMU channel.

Aquarium Drunkard joins a host of early O Music Award winners; Andy Grammer's choose-your-own-adventure-style "Keep Your Head Up" was named Most Innovative Music Video after a roundtable debate on Monday, and Adam Lambert and Nicki Minaj also picked up wins (sort of), taking home the Favorite F--- Yeah Tumblr trophy and Favorite Animated GIF award, respectively.

When they were announced earlier this month, the O Music Awards promised to be an alternative to the usually staid world of award shows, and they've lived up to the billing by announcing several winners ahead of the actual broadcast ... a trend that will continue in the days leading up to the show, as the winners of categories like Best Fan Forum, Best Animal Performance and Best Tweet will be revealed.

The first-ever O Music Awards stream live from Las Vegas on Thursday at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT.

The inaugural O Music Awards will stream live from Las Vegas on Thursday at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT on Tune in to see who will reign supreme in categories like Most Viral Dance, Funniest Music Short and NSFW Music Video!

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