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Our nominations for the 2020 Best Of Wilmington awards opened mid-January and ran through mid-February. 47,226 nominations were cast to determine the top three contenders in more than 200 categories.

During the final round of voting, taking place mid-February to the end of April, 257,195 votes were cast—making this our most widely voted Best Of Wilmington in encore’s history.

On May 16, after COVID-19 prevented us from hosting an actual festival to celebrate winners, we put on the next best thing: a Bestival Livestream, in which hosts Pineapple-Shaped Lamps (PSL) announced the winners. The show featured music from nominees, including Randy McQuay, Emily Roth and L Shape Lot, plus standup comedy and sketches by PSL. We also raised money for Nourish NC, a local nonprofit that continues to help feed hungry kids across southeastern NC.

For folks who missed the show, we present the full list of winners and nominees, plus the percentage breakdown of all categories.

Thank you, everyone, who continues to support encore and all local businesses, people, places and organizations that make our community so wonderful. And congratulations to everyone—you’re all winners to us.

For a full list of winners and runners-up, click here.

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