What were the best things about Austin music in 2017? Every year about this time, we come up with answers, offering our favorite bands, records, venues and the like. But we recognize that while we strive to evaluate records on their critical merits, the process is ultimately subjective.

This year we decided to cast the net wider. We asked dozens of locals with deep knowledge of Austin’s music community to submit nominations, and then cast votes on the finalists, for our first-ever Austin360 Awards.

We’ve kept it simple in this inaugural year, with seven categories: Artist, Album, Song, Breakout Act, DJ/Dance Party, Venue and Residency.

Read who won in in a story on our premium website.