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We're excited to announce the 2009 Just Plain Folks Music Award winners and nominees. (Click the buttons below to see who made it.) They will take a second to load. If you entered, be sure to check the entire pages to make sure you didn't miss a winner or nomination. To read our explanation about Genre Selection, click here.

Album WinnersSong Winners Lyric WinnersVideo Winners
Founders Winners

Album NomineesSong Nominees Lyric NomineesVideo Nominees

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Congratulations to all the nominees and winners - and a special thank you to our volunteers who worked to screen the 42K albums and 560K songs submitted in the largest music awards of any kind in world history!

Check out the first of our photo galleries from this year's JPF Awards! Special thanks to this year's photographers.

Friday and Saturday (Photos by Scott Schrecker)

Friday (Photos by Mark Mosrie)

Saturday (Photos by Mark Mosrie)

Rehearsals (Photos by Mark Mosrie)

Friday (Photos by Adrian James and Ferrel James)

Saturday (Photos by Adrian James and Ferrel James)

Members of the press, please contact us for access to photos of this years Awards winners. We're working on new galleries for the website, which will be up soon!

photo of the 2009 JPF Awards

Nominees can spread the word by posting of our banners on your Website. It's super easy - Just choose a banner, then copy-paste the code onto your MySpace or Website. Visit our Linking Banner Page to get started!

The 2008-2009 Awards are made possible thanks to our sponsors. Visit their sites by clicking the logos below to find out about their great benefits and offers for independent musicians. Our sincere thanks to Taxi, CDBaby, and Disc Makers for the generous support!



The Just Plain Folks Music Awards — what started as an informal way to recognize our best member submissions has grown into the largest Music Awards program in the world! We screen more than 560,000 songs and 42,000 albums in 90+ genres from over 160 countries to honor the very best works of our members. Our volunteer judges include industry professionals, peers and music fans. Our sole criteria for judging is "Does it move you?"

Here you'll find news and updates on the current Awards proceedings, and of course details on how to enter yourself. You'll also find a comprehensive list of all our winners, past and present. Below are the songs, albums, lyrics and video's that moved us the most!

The JPF Awards were started in 1999 as a simple way to recognize the best music submitted by members. JPF Founder Brian Austin Whitney felt the music made by the "other 98%" of the music world often ignored by the mainstream televised music awards shows deserved its own recognition.

We'll be accepting entries for the 2010 Music Awards starting in the winter of 2009. Please watch the website and JPF email newsletter "Just Plain Notes" for updates and details. You can sign up for that newsletter via the button on the top left of this page.


photo of the 2009 JPF Awards


"We will either find a way, or make one." -Hannibal

"The great American novel has not only already been written, it has already been rejected." -Frank Dane

"Artificial manners vanish the moment the natural passions are touched" -Maria Edgeworth

"Sometimes all you have to do to inspire humans to greatness is give them a reason and an opportunity to do something great." -Brian Austin Whitney

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