Karen Bliss, Billboard's Canada correspondent, won the Music Journalist/Blogger of the Year at the 32nd edition of the Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards last week during Canadian Music Week. The awards are considered Canada's biggest music industry honor.
Bliss is based in Toronto and is an established music journalist whose work has appeared in print and online for Billboard, Rolling Stone, MSN.ca and AOL’s Spinner among other music trade and consumer publications. She has interviewed thousands of musicians, including Kurt Cobain, Shania Twain, Eddie Vedder, Pete Townshend, and Eminem and says her dream is to "interview Keith Richards."
The award for journalists had been suspended for some years before being re-added with a blogger component this year. “We ended up shortening the awards show because people were complaining about how long the awards show was," explained Neill Dixon, president of Canadian Music Week, "but there was so much demand for certain awards to be put back -- [this] was one of them."
Other nominees in the category included the Toronto Sun's Jane Stevenson, the Toronto Star's Ben Rayner, Stuart Berman of Pitchfork, David Farrell of newcanadianmusic.ca, Mike Usinger of Vancouver-based The Georgia Straight, and Luke Fox of Exclaim, as well as the bloggers Peter Richards of PeteHatesMusic, Frank Yang of Chrome Waves and Herohill's Bryan Acker.