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The nominations have been announced, and now it’s up to you to vote for your favorite bands and musicians to determine the winners of this year’s Cincinnati Entertainment Awards (CEAs).

Because of the gap in CEA programs, for 2017's nominees, the time span considered begins in 2016 (the last CEA show was in January 2016 and honored 2015 accomplishments).

Specialists in many facets of the local music community — from writers and bloggers to radio hosts and club owners — were asked to be a part of the nominating committee. Public input (via an online nomination ballot posted in September) resulted in a "long list" of nominees, which members of the committee received for their consideration.

Here are the basic rules: You don't have to vote in every category, but you're only allowed to fill out one ballot per valid email address. Ballots are monitored daily. We're cool with promoting and campaigning, but if we catch ballot stuffers, those votes will be immediately disqualified.

This year's ballot is divided into four sections. You can move between sections by clicking the "SKIP" button. Once you have finished voting in a section, click "SUBMIT AND CONTINUE" and you will be taken to the next section.

* View the 2017 "Best Music Video" nominees here.

To submit your completed ballot, click the "FINALIZE MY BALLOT" button at the bottom.

Winners will be announced at the 20th annual Cincinnati Entertainment Awards party/ceremony/show on Sunday, Nov. 19 at Memorial Hall.