From left, Tim Frankeny, Pete Fontes, Michael Belk and Daniel Tello, of The Originalites, play a mix of reggae, rock and ska. (Don Leach, HB Independent / January 15, 2013)

Nominated for Best Song ("Days Go By"), Best Alternative and Best Punk. The veteran punk band from Huntington Beach still hasn't skipped a beat after being in the scene since the late 80s. And try Dexter Holland's hot sauce; just as good as their music.

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Ceasefire

Nominated for Best Alternative. If you like U2 but with a more pop-driven sound, then Ceasefire will be a good find.

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Gospel Swamp Blues Band

Nominated for Best Blues. They have a James Brown feel and tempo; it's upbeat and catchy.

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Flinch

Nominated for Best Electronic. If you're looking to drop the bass, Flinch can provide that for you. With the ever-growing popularity of dubstep, Flinch is another producer to keep an eye on.

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Kalva Won

Nominated for Best Electronic. Kalva Won specializes in ambient, beatstrumental tracks that have interesting sample choices.

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Honeypie

Nominated for Best Folk and Best Pop. As the indie-fold genre begins to take off, don't be surprised if you hear Honeypie playing on your radio. Reminiscent of Of Monsters and Men, Honeypie's melodies are light and catchy.

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Matt Costa

Nominated for Best Folk. Matt Costa offers simple folk music with some undertones of the Beatles.

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Mr2theP

Nominated for Best Hip Hop. Mr2theP is trying to bring the beach life of Huntington Beach into the hip hop scene.

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Avenged Sevenfold

Nominated for Best Metal. If you want aggressive guitar riffs and hard screaming, look no further.

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A+ Dropouts

Nominated for Best Youth Artist. These 16-year-old musicians offer catchy pop-rock music that will have you nodding your head in no time.

— Anthony Clark Carpio