Song of the Year – Ahora Sigo Yo – Stevie D
Male Vocalist – Jay Perez
Female Vocalist – Shelly Lares
Album – Jay Perez – 25th Anniversary Contigo
Conjunto Album – Los Desperadoz – Calm Before The Storm
Collaboration – Shelly Lares and Ernestine Romero – Estupida
Best New Male Artist – J.R. Gomez
Best New Female Artist – Monica Saldivar
Best New Group – J.R. Gomez & The Conjunto Bandits
Video – Stevie D – El Primer Tonto
The TMAs are usually a fancy affair with red carpet arrivals, live performances, interviews, and all that, but 2020s pandemic forced the usual crowd of Tejano Music fans to watch it from their couches at home. Thanks to the Texas Talent Musicians Association and FIERRO HD Radio, the TMAs went on virtually with live nom and winner announcements from radio personalities Johnny Ramirez, Bo Leo Gonzalez, and Bo Corona, along with pre-recorded performances from performers like Gary Hobbs, Jay Perez, Shelly Lares, Isabel Marie, Monica Saldivar and others.
Along with the celebratory awards, fans were offered a Selena tribute video of one of her Astrodome performances, an amazing rendition of America the Beautiful by various artists, and a heart-wrenching In Memorium to remind us of all those industry greats lost this last year.
All in all, I enjoyed the festivities. I didn’t have to rent a tux, I drank hot cocoa in my jammies, and connected my laptop to the big TV. I’m all for virtual concerts right now and I am in no hurry to run into an unmasked crowd at a club. Kudos to Bino Gaona of TMAs for reminding us to Mask Up, wash hands, and to distance so that we can head back toward some sort of normal.
Congrats to all involved and congrats to all the winners and nominees.
Also, just want to say that I picked Jay, Shelly, JR, and Los Desperadoz in my TMA nominee post. So, I guess I still know my Tejano talent.
Tejano Nation has a more comprehensive look at the event.