Mike Portnoy (drum set) and Daniel de los Reyes (percussion) took home top honors in the 2014 Drummies! Awards presented by DRUM! Magazine. But those two are just the tip of the iceberg. To find out about the other 21 winners, read on. For a little listening, try our Drummies! winners Spotify playlist, below.
Mike Portnoy won Drummer of the Year for the fourth time. He also took top honors in the Prog Drummer category.
All-world drummer Aaron Spears is a previous winner in the Gospel category..
Metal winner Chris Adler working out at Memphis Drum shop.
Chad Smith lost to Will Ferrell on Late Night but won with readers in the Rock/Pop category.
Playing with Prince is just the latest accomplishment for Rising Star winner Hannah Ford.
After many years away from the winners circle Dave Grohl wins Alternative Rock drummer.
Perennial favorite Peter Erskine returns in the Jazz category.
Rascal Flatts drummer Jim Riley took the Country crown.
Questlove is a previous winner in the Funk category.
Derek Roddy is this year’s Metal winner.
Brooks Wackerman of Bad Religion is tops in Punk.
Steve Jordan has won in multiple categories in the past. This year he takes best in Blues.
Tod Sucherman is always in the running. The Styx stickman (I couldn’t resist) is also a world-class Drum Clinician, the category he won this year.
With a high-profile gig with Jay-Z and millions of chops to burn, Tony Royster Jr. took the Hip-Hop category.
Most recently on DRUM!’s May 2014 cover, Sting drummer and red light legend Vinnie Colaiuta took Studio Drumming honors. (Photo: Ronn Dunnett)
Playing as the percussionist with Zac Brown Band paid off big-time for Daniel de los Reyes as he won in two categories, Rock/Pop/Hip-Hop, and Percussionist of the Year
Daniel do los Reyes (left) with the band.
Alex Acuña is a double threat on drum set and hand percussion. This year he is a winner in Jazz and Studio categories.
For the second time the hilarious and talented blue men took home top Percussion Ensemble honors.
Pete Lockett walked away with World Percussionist honors for a second time.
Rafael Pereira grew up in Sao Paulo, and today plays with Janella Monae and other artists. He is the new Rising Star Percussionist of the year.
Poncho Sanchez’ longevity as a bandleader and conguero helped him pick up a win for Latin Percussionist.
Amazingly, Daniel de los Reyes father also won. Born in Cuba, Walfredo Reyes Senior, along with his famous children, Walfredo Jr. and Daniel has had a highly influential career as drummer, clinician, and author of a recent book. He won Percussion Clinician of the year.
For a press release about the winners, go here. For a listing of all past winners visit http://www.drummagazine.com/drummies.