It's time for the 2012 Bucky Awards!

CBC Radio 3 is dedicated to bringing you the best independent music that Canada has to offer. And once a year, we celebrate the very best of the best, honouring the year's finest with the prestigious Bucky Awards.

Unlike SOME awards we could mention, the Buckys aren't decided by a shadowy cabal of old men, locked in a dusty room in the basement of the CBC headquarters. Well, a few of them are, but mostly the Bucky Awards are decided by YOU, our beloved listeners.

Listen again to all the winners on the Buckys podcast

The day begins at 10am ET/7am PT with the first award - the sexiest artist of the year - and culminates with The Golden Bucky for song of the year at 5:30pm ET/2:30pm PT. A podcast version of the Buckys gala will be released immediatley following the announcement of The Golden Bucky.

Here are the top 5 nominees in each category of this year's Buckys:

Rookie of the Year

Loon Choir
Cold Specks
Mo Kenney
The Elwins
Purity Ring

listenClick the play button to listen to the nominees for the rookie of the year category for best new band of 2012, or click here to see the playlist.


Hottest Pipes

Sage McBride/Shred Kelly "The Bear"
Cold Specks "Holland"
Hannah Georgas "Robotic"
Emma Lee "Not Coming By"
Patrick Watson "Step Out For A While"

listenClick the play button to listen to the nominees for the hottest pipes category for best vocal performance of 2012, or click here to see the playlist.


Best Reason To Learn French

Danielle Duval "Jour devient nuit"
Louis-Jean Cormier "L'ascenseur"
Pack A.D. "Sirens (French Version)"
Bernard Adamus "Entre Ici Pis Chez Vous"
Radio Radio "On A Vecu Des"

listenClick the play button to listen to the nominees for the best reason to learn French category for best French language song of 2012, or click here to see the playlist.


Most Watchable Song

Plants and Animals “The End of That”
Said The Whale "We Are 1980"
Rich Aucoin "Brian Wilson is A.L.I.V.E."
Bahamas "Caught Me Thinking"
Grimes "Oblivion"

Click here to watch the videos nominated for the most watchable song category for best music video of 2012.


Best Reason To Buy A Concert Ticket

Rich Aucoin
Yukon Blonde
Hey Ocean
Mother Mother
Elliott Brood


Sexiest Artist

Matt Mays
Ashleigh Ball (Hey Ocean)
Bahamas
Lindi Ortega
Jaycelyn Brown (Said The Whale)

Check out a gallery of the beautiful nominees for the sexiest artist category.


The Hugh LeCaine Electronic Sackbut Award

Grimes "Oblivion"
Purity Ring "Fineshrine"
Crystal Castles "Wrath of God"
Shout Out Out Out Out "Never The Same Way Twice"
A Tribe Called Red "Electric Pow Wow"

listenClick the play button to listen to the nominees for the Hugh LeCaine Electronic Sackbut Award for best electronic song of 2012, or click here to see the playlist.


#socialbutterfly

Dan Mangan
Said The Whale
Rich Aucoin
Kathleen Edwards
Hey Ocean

Click here to see some samples of the nominees for the #socialbutterfly category for best use of social media.


The Golden Bucky

"House That Heaven Built" Japandroids
"Lightning Bolt" Joel Plaskett
"Art & A Wife" Rah Rah
"Change The Sheets" Kathleen Edwards
"In Came the Flood" Wintersleep 

listenClick the play button to listen to the nominees for the Golden Bucky Award for song of the year, or click here to see the playlist.

Related:

The 2011 Bucky Awards winners

The 2011 Bucky Awards podcast

The R3-30: Canada's Top Indie Songs + looking back to the 2011 Bucky Awards

posted by Graham Wright on Oct 29, 2012