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Best Totally Underground Rap Discovery via MySpace 

Q Storm

myspace.com/qoristorm

This local MC’s MySpace page is a parade of LOLZ—for starters, it was recently updated to note that “Probation is OFFICIAL OVER.” Previous bios detailed how some nine years earlier he was in the same room as Kanye; his location is listed as being “SOMEWHERE INSIDE YA GIRL.” But the real reason to hit it is to hear his one song, up since late 2009. “Panties So Wet” is so badmazing it’s instantly carved in your brain, from the screwed-hook sample “Pan-pannies so wet,” repeated ad infinitum in a casual sort of way that transcends standard rap braggadocio. He’s not much of a lyricist (“The way you gimme head / I can tell your lips are sore / What I look like, Britney Spears? /Bitch, you betta give me more”), but he’s carried by his own song’s indomitable force.

Critics' Picks

Best Dance Party

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Best Fashion Watching

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Best New Musical Group

Bin Laden Blowin' Up continue

Best Michael Jackson Cover

"Billie Jean" by Robbie Fulks continue

Best Mustache in a Local Band

Stavros "Steve" Giannopoulos of the Atlas Moth continue

Best Lawn Seat at Ravinia

Green Bay & Lake Cook 847-266-5100
The little hill that faces the main entrance to the Ravinia pavilion, Highland Park, Illinois continue

Best Microscene

No Coast Collective continue

Best Free Movie Series

Cinema/Chicago at the Chicago Cultural Center continue

Best Moonlighting Witch

Jackie Hoffman in Whining in the Windy City: Holiday Edition continue

Best Theatrical Hat Trick

Chris Sullivan in The Hairy Ape, The Mystery of Irma Vep, and The Illusion continue

Best New Play

Agon Trilogy continue

Best New Theatrical Form

One Thing, and Everything Else continue

Best Theater History Collection

Chicago Theater Collection at the Harold Washington Library Center continue

Best Puppeteer

Michael Montenegro continue

Best Place to See a Seven-Man Pyramid Cross the High Wire

Hephaestus: A Greek Mythology Circus Tale continue

Best Variety Show

Impress These Apes continue

Best Improv Group

Cook County Social Club continue

Best Stand-up Comedian

A tie between Beth Stelling and Junior Stopka continue

Best Sketch Show

The Best Church of God continue

Best Commentary on Modern Technology by a Choreographer

Julia Rhoads at Lucky Plush Productions continue

Best UnderĀ­appreciated Chicago Novel

Bertram Cope's Year by Henry Blake Fuller continue
(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)