Yes, it’s a day late, but only so that all the votes could be counted. So that this year’s finale, the contest to determine the #1 male artist, would have its own stage. So here it is: THE MARCH MADNESS BRAWL FOR IT ALL!!!
Thank you for all of your support during this year’s two point oh. Thank you for the votes and for your patience, the commentary and the enthusiasm. Thank you for taking the time to get to know great new artists like TL Cross, Jesse Boykins III and the homies Darien and Anthony David while going hard for veterans like Raphael Saadiq, Rahsaan Patterson, Brian McKnight and Kem.
Thank you for those who DIDN’T participate, and for the few who asked that they not be involved in the least. (That just told me you don’t–and maybe never will–appreciate good music. Heh.) Thank you for those who wouldn’t show support on their sites. Even without a hat tip, or re-tweet, or acknowledgment from you, we garnered over 4,000 votes during the month.
It was just another great month honoring some of the greatest artists of our generation. Another month I will never forget. Another month I hope to do better with next year. You guys are the greatest.
Now’s the time to VOTE for who you think is the best. To stuff the ballot boxes and make sure your predictions are correct. To crown the MARCH MADNESS 2.0 CHAMPION.
It’s Maxwell Vs. Anthony. East Vs. South. Brooklyn Vs. Charlotte. You know their resumes by now. At this point, it’s who makes the best music. Who floats your boat. Who moves you. Who you connect with.
Who you’ll vote for.
A great finale to a great tournament. Thirty-two, down to two. Dope. The winner will be announced in this space Monday afternoon. Thank you!
ONE LAST VOTE! 24 HOURS! LET’S GO!!!
Ranking: #1, EAST CHAMPION
Road to the Final Four: Defeated #8 TL Cross; #4 Brian McKnight; #6 Darien; #5 Dwele
“This Woman’s Work (Live)” Maxwell
(1997, Columbia Records)
Ranking: #2, SOUTH CHAMPION
Road to the Final Four: Defeated #7 Raheem DeVaughn; #6 Anthony David; #4 Kem; #1 Raphael Saadiq
“The Point Of It All” Anthony Hamilton
The Point Of It All
(2008, Arista/Zomba Records)