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Louie Petrone Named ‘Artist Of The Year’ At Penn State Music Awards

Penn State Open M.I.C. (Music. Inspirations. Concepts.) held its own version of the Grammys on Thursday night with the Penn State Music Awards to highlight some of the university’s best vocalists, performers, and musicians.

Louie Petrone was awarded the top honor, Artist of the Year, and came away with the most wins. He won all four of his nominations, including best mixtape for “Lyrical Economy.” Penn State acapella group Pennharmonics won best in its category, while Mute Cities came out as the best band.

With everything from rappers and mixtapes to Penn State dance groups nominated, fans were able to vote online for their favorites prior to the ceremony. Julie Bouchard had the most nominations of the night, and won two out of the five. Olivia Price and Keegan Tawa (pictured above) both went away with two awards each as well. Jerrie Johnson and THON’s Got Talent winner David Gaines earned awards for best poet.

The Philadelphia-based duo OCD: Moosh and Twist headlined the awards show’s performance lineup. Tawa, RAM Squad, Gaines, and Bouchard were all among the featured nominated performers.

Check out the rest of the categories below, with the winner highlighted in bold.

Best Female Singer

Olivia Price
Julie Bouchard
Alison Jones

Best Male Singer

Shawn Fox
Cristian Nistor

Best DJ

DJ Tmac
Keegan Tawa

Best Producer

Keegan Tawa
Matthew Fell
Josh Pan
Omega Shelton

Best Female Songwriter

Julie Bouchard
Olivia Price

Best Male Songwriter

Elijah Jones
Louie Petrone
Shawn Fox

Best Female Performer

Jerrie Johnson
Olivia Price
Julie Bouchard

Best Male Performer

Daniel Wells
Cecil Blutcher
Cristian Nistor

Best Rapper

Louie Petrone
Elijah Jones
Mark Midlick

Best Mixtape

“The Feast” Elijah Jones
“Lyrical Economy” Louie Petrone

Best Dance Group

RAM Squad
Whip Lash

Best Band

Mute Cities
Sticker Kidz

Best Acapella Performance

Penn State Fanaa
Coda Conduct

Best Acoustic Performance

Nick Marsico
Julie Bouchard

Artist of the Year

Keegan Tawa
Julie Bouchard
Louie Petrone
Jerrie Johnson

Congratulations to all of the winners. We’re looking forward to more great music from all of Penn State’s talented student musicians.

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Josh Glossner

Josh Glossner is a first generation Penn Stater majoring in print journalism from Bellefonte, Pa. He shares the same birthday as Jon Bon Jovi and Dr. Suess. You can find Josh rockin’ the 50s attire as a server at Baby’s Burgers and Shakes, where his milkshakes bring all the boys to the yard. He enjoys attempting to twerk in what little spare time he has and performs in local drag shows as Carrie Oakey.


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