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July 2024 - NME Afterprint: New Mexico Entertainment Awards announce their winners

Native American Metal Band, Suspended, celebrates their award win. Photo by Andrew Torn.
Native American Metal Band, Suspended, celebrates their award win. Photo by Andrew Torn.

New Mexico Entertainment Magazine is thrilled to celebrate The 2nd Annual New Mexico Entertainment Awards Gala, held on July 6th, 2024, at the Marriott Pyramid North. This prestigious event honored the exceptional talents in New Mexico across a variety of entertainment and events industry categories.

The ceremony spotlighted the Top 5 finalists in 65 categories, selected through a meticulous four-month voting process involving community suggestions, nominee work reviews, and peer industry feedback. Categories spanned annual and monthly events, film, television, radio and podcast, live entertainment, music, and more. This year, the late Chef Manuel Mancillas was posthumously honored with the ICON Award.

The nomination process began on January 1st and concluded on March 1st, narrowing the list to the Top 20 nominees. Voting continued from April 15th to May 17th, culminating in the announcement of the top five nominees in each category on social media from June 2-17, 2024. Winners were revealed at the Awards Gala on July 6th, 2024, at The Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid North. The gala was open to the public, inviting everyone to spend an evening with some of New Mexico's finest talents.

Teresa Robinson, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of New Mexico Entertainment Magazine and Producer of the event, is proud of the outcome. "We're excited that another year of The New Mexico Entertainment Awards is under our belt. We're incredibly proud of our New Mexico talent and looking to another year."

The Awards Gala commenced with a red carpet entrance for all nominees and guests. The evening was filled with entertainment and celebration, featuring live performances by Avery Martini, Jer Killinger, Musical Theater Southwest, and comedian Black Mike Ogden. Presenters from various entertainment fields were also in attendance.

The New Mexico Entertainment Awards is made possible by the support of New Mexico Entertainment Magazine and community sponsors, including Taylor Garrett Whiskey, Effex Nightclub, The Loan Fund, A Better U Hair Salon and Barber Shop, Heaven and Hell Photography, Lo Phat Band, and Realtor Amber Ortega. This collaboration underscores the community's strong support for the arts and the significance of the entertainment industry in New Mexico.

Winners of the 2024 New Mexico Entertainment Awards:

Top Annual Events: River of Lights

Top Monthly Events: Electric Playhouse Drag Brunch

Top Weekly Events: The Show at The Box

Top Event Producer: Neal Copperman - AMP Concerts

Top Production Studio: Netflix Albuquerque Studios

Top Production - Featured Film: Frybread Face and Me

Top Production - Series: Bands of Enchantment

Top Television Station: KNME-TV

Top Television Personality: Tessa Mentus - KOB 4

Top Radio Station: 89.9 KUNM

Top Radio Personality: Erica Viking - Coyote 102.5

Top Podcast: True Consequences - A True Crime Podcast

Top Podcast Host: Johnny James - Respect the Connect

Top Theatre Venue: Albuquerque Little Theatre

Top Theatrical Production: RENT - Musical Theatre Southwest

Top Actor (in a Musical): David Stallings - A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder - Santa Fe Playhouse

Top Actress (in a Musical): Rikki Carroll - A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder - Santa Fe Playhouse

Top Actor (in a Play): Westin Huffman - The Play That Goes Wrong - Albuquerque Little Theatre

Top Actress (in a Play): Abby Van Gerpen - Dracula - The Vortex Theater

Top Costume Designer: Chris Appleton

Top Live Music and Performance Venue: Launchpad

Top Performing Arts Group: Exodus Ensemble

Top Dance Company: Belisama Irish Dance & Rhythm Sol

Top Drag Performer - Queen: Vanessa Patricks

Top Drag Performers - King: Phantom Nips

Top Burlesque Performer: Juni Beurre Amie Faraday

Top Musical Artist - SOLO - Rock: Matt Jones

Top Musical Artist - GROUP - Rock: Red Light Cameras

Top Musical Artist - SOLO - Metal: Sage Haskelchi'i Cornelius

Top Musical Artist - GROUP - Metal: Suspended

Top Musical Artist - GROUP - Punk: Smoking Dolls

Top Musical Artist - GROUP - Alternative: No Manners

Top Musical Artist - SOLO - Jazz / Blues: Tracey Whitney

Top Musical Artist - GROUP - Jazz / Blues: Le Chat Lunatique

Top Musical Artist - Hip-Hop/Rap: Sisk The Prophet

Top Musical Artist - R&B: Mike Baty

Top Musical Artist - SOLO - Funk: Kevin Kookie Jones

Top Musical Artist - GROUP - Funk: Blot Xenia

Top Musical Artist - SOLO - Country & Western: Sarah Rowe

Top Musical Artist - GROUP - Country & Western: Coalesce Blue

Top Musical Artist - SOLO - American Roots: Justin Nunez

Top Musical Artist - GROUP - American Roots: Bellowing Bear

Top Musical Artist - Reggae: The Riddims

Top Musical Artist - SOLO - Latin/Tejano/Global Music: Candace Vargas

Top Musical Artist - GROUP - Latin/Tejano/Global Music: Nosotros

Top Cover Band: ABBAquerque

Top Musical Front Person/Lead Singer: Amanda Machon - Red Light Cameras

Top Spoken Word Artist: Gigi Bella

Top Comic Host: Royal A. Wood III

Top Comedy Venue: Dry Heat Comedy Club

Top Stand-Up Comic: Joshua Fournier

Top Fine Art Venue: New Mexico Museum of Art

Top Artist: Patrick CloudFace Burnham

Top Immersive Art Venue: Electric Playhouse

Top Photographer: Nathaniel Tetsuro Paolinelli

Top Author: Sonja Dewing

Top Bookstore: Books on the Bosque

Top Sports Team - Professional: New Mexico United

Top Sports Team - Alternative: Albuquerque Roller Derby

Top Nightclub: Albuquerque Social Club

Top DJ: Spunjy Hicks

Top Brewery: Santa Fe Brewing Company

Top Distillery: Hollow Spirits Distillery

Top Restaurant: Nexus Smokehouse

Top Chef: Mike White

ICON Award: Chef Manuel Mancillas

The New Mexico Entertainment Awards continues to be a beacon of recognition for the vibrant and diverse talents in New Mexico. The 2024 gala was a testament to the creative spirit that thrives in the Land of Enchantment, celebrating those who have significantly contributed to the entertainment and events industry. Here's to another year of outstanding achievements and unforgettable moments!

The 3rd Annual New Mexico Entertainment Awards is scheduled for July 12th 2025. For more information about the event, sponsorship opportunities, or to purchase tickets, visit


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