Record label exec and SXSW fixture Craig Stewart voted into Austin Music Industry Hall of Fame

Craig Stewart holds his Austin Music Industry Hall of Fame Award as his husband King Coffey speaks on his behalf on Sunday, February 26, during the Austin Music Industry Awards at the Palm Door on Sixth. Peter Blackstock/American-Statesman

The 36th annual Austin Music Awards show is Wednesday, February 28, at ACL Live, but the party got started on Sunday evening at the Palm Door on Sixth with the fourth annual Austin Music Industry Awards.

Separated out from the main awards show in 2015, the invitation-only event featured winners in categories more on the business side of Austin music rather than performers and entertainers.

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This year’s most poignant moment came at the end, when Craig Stewart was given the Music Industry Hall of Fame Award. A pioneering force in way-left-of-center rock music since the 1990s with the Trance Syndicate and Emperor Jones labels, Stewart became a mainstay at South by Southwest. Presenting the award to Stewart, SXSW co-founder Roland Swenson said that he “loves music more than anyone I’ve ever met.”

Afflicted many years ago with Pick’s disease, a neurodegenerative condition that has limited his ability to speak, Stewart took the stage with his husband King Coffey (drummer of legendary Austin punk band Butthole Surfers). Coffey spoke on behalf of Stewart, who received a standing ovation from the crowd.

Voting was by public ballot in the Austin Chronicle. Here’s the full list of this year’s winners:

  • Music Industry Hall of Fame: Craig Stewart
  • Best Live Music Venue: Mohawk
  • Best Music Venue to Play: Antone’s
  • Best New Club: Electric Church
  • Best Venue Lighting and Sound: ACL Live
  • Best Ongoing Music Residency: James McMurtry, Continental Gallery/Club
  • Best Music Booker: Trish Connolly, Cheer Up Charlie’s
  • Best Record Store: Waterloo Records
  • Best Record Label: Nine Mile Records
  • Best Recording Studio: 512 Studios
  • Best Producer: Adrian Quesada
  • Best Radio Personality: Laurie Gallardo, KUTX
  • Best Radio Program: “Hill Country Saturday,” Kevin Connor (Sun Radio)
  • Best Music Writer: Michael Corcoran
  • Best Music Photographer: Katrina Barber
  • Best Poster Artist: Billy Perkins
  • Best Album Art: Jaime Zuverza for Octopus Project’s “Memory Mirror”
  • Best Instrument Repair & Music Store: South Austin Music
  • Best Specialty Instrument Store: Tommy’s Drum Shop
  • Best Equipment Rental: Rock & Roll Rentals
  • Best Music Nonprofit: Health Alliance for Austin Musicians

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