By Radim McCue (originally published June 28, 2012 by DRUM! Magazine)
The 17th Annual Drummies! are over. The 9000+ votes from DRUM! Magazine readers have been counted and more than 40 artists, products, books, and web sites have captured Drummies! in their respective categories. So without further ado, here are some highlights.
Check out the complete list of all the winners and runners-up in the 17th Annual Drummies, from DRUM! Magazine here; you can also see all the past Drummies! at DRUMmagazine.com/drummies.
Mike Portnoy is Mr. Busy. He leaves his old band, starts two new ones, issues various records and DVDs and becomes Drummer Of The Year for the second time in a row.
Equally hirsute and just as heavy a hitter as Portnoy, Chris Adler won in the Metal category.
Shannon Leto’s 30 Seconds To Mars fans voted to make him Indie Drummer of the Year.
Jordan Burns is a perennial vote-getter and this time he’s Punk Drummer of the Year.
Steve Jordan has won before. This year he takes home a drummie in Blues.
Stanton Moore won in the Funk category for the third year in a row.
With her career once again in high gear, Sheila E won Percussionist of the Year, and in the Latin category.
Jamey Haddad, ace percussionist for Paul Simon and others, won the World Percussion category.
Coming to fame with Jason Mraz, Toca Rivera wins the Rock/Pop/Hip-Hop Drummie.
Manuel "Papayo" Corao leaped up as percussionist with Pitbull to win the Rising Star Percussionist category.
Street Drum Corps battled its way to a win in the percussion ensemble category.
Stefon Harris is an annual vote-getter in the Mallet category.
Rootsy '50s inspired styling put the Gretsch Renown 57 at the top of the heap in the drum set category.
DW’s Super Solid Edge Collector Series snares scored high with voters in the Snare Drum category.
SJC, an indie band favorite, captured the Custom Drum Company category for 2012.
Sabian’s Holy China was the most innovative new cymbal of the year, according to readers.
Axis' Derek Roddy Signature pedal stomped the competition in the Hardware category.
In a year of many great hybrid products, the hi-hat shakere from LP Music excelled in the Percussion Toys & Accessories category.
Stanton Moore’s signature pandeiro (LP Music) won a Hand Drum Drummie. Make that three overall wins for Stanton and two for LP.
Remo Coated Controlled Sound-X. Drumhead of the year.
Vic Firth’s Charlie Benante Signature Stick beat out models by Nisan Stewart (Vater), Joey Jordison (Pro-Mark) and the Ahead Fatbeat 5A.
Zildjian’s Gen 16 Cymbal System was a winner in Electronic Percussion.
The Alesis I/O Dock Pro captures a Drummie in the Recording Products category..
Ahead’s Armor Cases sealed a win in the Cases Category.
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