Singer-songwriter Jason Mraz and the rock bands Switchfoot and Agent 51 shared top honors at last night's 2003 San Diego Music Awards, with two victories apiece.
Mraz, whose national debut album is currently ranked at No. 78 on the Billboard charts, won Artist of the Year and Song of the Year honors. Switchfoot's "The Beautiful Letdown" won for Album of the Year and Best Pop Album, while Agent 51 won the Best Punk and Best Punk Album awards.
Other winners at the ceremony, which was held at Humphrey's Concerts by the Bay on Shelter Island, include
Lifetime Achievement Award: Joe Marillo
Best Acoustic: Steve Poltz
Best Alternative: Hot Like (A) Robot
Best Alternative Album: No Knife – "Riot for Romance"
Best Americana: Eve Selis
Best Americana Album: Nickel Creek – "This Side"
Best Blues: The Bill Magee Blues Band
Best Blues Album: Sue Palmer – "Live at Dizzy's"
Best Country: Coyote Moon
Best Cover or Tribute Band: Rockola
Best Electronic: The Album Leaf
Best Hard Rock Album: Cattle Decapitation – "To Serve Man"
Best Hip-Hop: Alfred Howard & The K23 Orchestra
Best Jazz: Jaime Valle & Equinox
Best Jazz Album: Karl Denson's Tiny Universe – "The Bridge"
Best Local Recording – a.m. Vibe – "a.m. Vibe"
Best New Artist: The Accident Experiment
Best Pop: A.J. Croce
Best Rock: Noise Ratchet
Best Rock Album: Reeve Oliver – "The Revolution EP"
Best World Music: B-Side Players