Most people are grateful just to be nominated for an award, except for World’s Greatest Granddad contestants, who insist that there can be only one while sharpening their machetes. Enjoy an awards ceremony without malice with today’s GrouponLive deal to see The Portland Music Awards 2012 at McMenamins Crystal Ballroom. For $12, you get one general-admission ticket on Sunday, January 22, at 7 p.m. (up to a $25.10 value, including all ticketing fees). Doors open at 6 p.m.
Portland musicians bask in peer recognition while fans savor celebrity appearances and thrilling performances at The Portland Music Awards, a red-carpet event championing the best of the Northwest music scene. Resembling the Grammy Awards without the pig Latin acceptance speeches, the PMAs grace the historic environs of the Crystal Ballroom to disperse 22 awards in categories honoring genres, clubs, radio stations, and record stores, and a lineup of musical acts and celebrity appearances peppers the evening with songs, jokes, and Portland pride. The show showcases an eclectic lineup of acts, from Kandles at Nine with Deen Castronovo from Journey, as well as founding Heart guitarist Roger Fisher and “867-5309/Jenny” instigators Tommy Tutone. Hot-shot celebrities, including Daniel Baldwin, comedian Dax Jordan, and Bethy Rossos also appear in the three-hour show, which is broadcast live on Freedom 970 AM and taped in HD for a later television broadcast. The PMAs are voted on by the public and by genre professionals, unlike the Grammys or VMAs, which just throw a bingo marker into a room of buttered weasels.