This week, 15 awards were handed out to LGBT musicians celebrating their achievements and talent in the music industry. It was all part of the annual RightOutTV music awards for Out artists.

The global competition raises awareness of LGBT musicians, their music, and their videos, while closer uniting the community and industry. Enteries were submitted from across the world including Portugal, Austria, Britain, Canada and the United States. There were two rounds of judging to determine the winners in each of the 15 award categories.

“This is only our second year and already the number and caliber of the artists submitting has reassured us that there is truly a need for this kind of acknowledgement for the LGBT music community,” says Marlee Walchuk, co- producer of the RightOutTV Music and Video Awards.

Winners of the 2012 RightOutTV Music and Video Awards:

  • Best Video (Pro): Matt Zarley – Trust Me
  • Song of the Year: Matt Fishel – Behind Closed Doors
  • Best Song So Far: Matt Zarley – Change Begins with Me
  • Best Video DIY (Do It Yourself): Corday – Weekend Warrior
  • Best Pop/Rock/Adult Contemporary Video: Jeffery Straker – Gone
  • Best Electronic/Dance/Hip Hop/R&B Video: Blinded by Stardust – Can’t We Just Dance Instead (feat. Biuna)
  • Best Folk/Country/Jazz Video: Kat Devlin – Dear Emmi
  • Best Performance in a Live Video: Rachael Sage – Everything
  • Best “Living Room Performance”: Nhojj – He & Him
  • Best Video So Far: Matt Fishel – Football Song
  • Best Pop/Rock/Adult Contemporary Song: Jenn Foster – You Stayed
  • Best Electronic/Dance/Hip Hop/ R&B Song: Darren Octert – This Modern Life (1984)
  • Best Folk/Country/Jazz Song:  Summer Osborne – Be Still
  • Fan Fave Award: Sonasfly