September 24, 2016.
September 24, 2016 at the Moore Theatre. Victoria Holt

Erin Pike and Markeith Wiley.
Erin Pike and Markeith Wiley. Victoria Holt

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Jody Kuehner and a Cherdonna fan.
Jody Kuehner and a Cherdonna fan. Victoria Holt

Ahamefule J. Oluo, center, Lindy West, right.
Lindy West and her family. Victoria Holt

Noelani Pantastico, right.
Noelani Pantastico. Victoria Holt

Barbara Earl Thomas, center.
Barbara Earl Thomas and her fans. Victoria Holt

Sandy Cioffi, center.
Sandy Cioffi, center. Victoria Holt

Hardly Arts Sarah Moody.
Sarah Moody of Hardly Art. Victoria Holt

Billy ONeill and Piper ONeill.
Billy O'Neill and Piper O'Neill. Victoria Holt

Heidi Broadhead, Brittany Dennison, and Joshua Beckman of Wave Books.
Heidi Broadhead, Brittany Dennison, and Joshua Beckman of Wave Books. Victoria Holt

Irene Barber, Emily Chisholm, and HATLO.
Irene Barber, Emily Chisholm, and HATLO. Victoria Holt

Jason Baxter.
Matt Kolhede and Jason Baxter of Hardly Art. Victoria Holt

Mel Eslyn.
Mel Eslyn. Victoria Holt

Rob Rhee, right.
Rob Rhee. Victoria Holt

Silas Blak, left.
Silas Blak. Victoria Holt

Tricia Romano and Charles Mudede.
Tricia Romano and Charles Mudede. Victoria Holt

Chris Weber and Sierra Nelson.
Chris Weber and Sierra Nelson. Victoria Holt

Jeffry Mitchell and Billy ONeill.
Jeffry Mitchell and Billy O'Neill. Victoria Holt

Mary Traverse and Tracy Rector.
Mary Traverse and Tracy Rector. Victoria Holt

Alexandra Madera, left, Stef Karlin, center.
Stefanie Karlin, center, and Alexandra Madera, far left, who produced the 2016 Genius Awards. Victoria Holt

Dave Segal, left.
Dave Segal and Courtney Sheehan, Executive Director of NW Film Forum. Victoria Holt

Stranger editorial designer Mike Force and office manager Evanne Hall.
Stranger designer Mike Force and office manager Evanne Hall. Victoria Holt

Best dressed.
Best dressed. Victoria Holt

Kuttin Up performed.
Kuttin' Up performed. Jonathan Vanderweit

Kuttin Up performed twice in the show and they killed it.
Twice. Jonathan Vanderweit

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And they killed it.
And they killed it. Jonathan Vanderweit

Seattle Rock Orchestra artistic director Scott Teske.
Seattle Rock Orchestra artistic director Scott Teske. Victoria Holt

Seattle Rock Orchestra music director and conductor Kim Roy.
Seattle Rock Orchestra music director and conductor Kim Roy. Jonathan Vanderweit

Seattle Rock Orchestra.
Seattle Rock Orchestra. Jonathan Vanderweit

Sean Nelson covering Kurt Cobain on Neverminds birthday.
Sean Nelson covering Kurt Cobain on Nevermind's birthday. Jonathan Vanderweit

Seattle Rock Orchestra.
Seattle Rock Orchestra. Jonathan Vanderweit

HATLO, Erin Pike, Mel Eslyn, and Tracy Rector toast onstage.
HATLO, Erin Pike, Mel Eslyn, and Tracy Rector toast onstage. Victoria Holt

Stranger publisher Tim Keck.
Publisher Tim Keck celebrating The Stranger's 25th anniversary. Victoria Holt

Jenn Champion, aka S, performing a tribute to Hardly Art.
Jenn Champion, aka S, performed a tribute to Hardly Art. Jonathan Vanderweit

Silas Blak performing Cops on My Back.
Silas Blak performed "Cops on My Back." Jonathan Vanderweit

Erik Blood and Irene Barber perform with the orchestra.
Erik Blood and Irene Barber performed with the orchestra. Jonathan Vanderweit

Erik Bloods dancers.
Erik Blood's dancers. Jonathan Vanderweit

Thank you, STG, for hosting us in your beautiful, storied theater.
Thank you, STG, for hosting us in your 110-year-old theater. Jonathan Vanderweit

Rich Smith.
Rich Smith. Jonathan Vanderweit

Mary Ann Peters and Jen Graves.
Mary Ann Peters and Jen Graves. Jonathan Vanderweit

Steve Fisk and Sean Nelson.
Steve Fisk and Sean Nelson. Jonathan Vanderweit

Erik Blood seconds after hearing hed won.
Erik Blood seconds after he won. Victoria Holt

Hot audience-rushes-stage-and-dances-next-to-orchestra action.
Audience dancing onstage next to the orchestra. Victoria Holt

Barbara Earl Thomas.
Barbara Earl Thomas basking in it. Jonathan Vanderweit

Mario Lemafa and their fans.
Mario Lemafa. Victoria Holt

Dance party.
Dance party. Victoria Holt

Dance party.
Dance party. Victoria Holt

Dancing on the edge of the stage.
Dancing on the edge of the stage. Jonathan Vanderweit

Emily Chisholm and her trophy.
Emily Chisholm and her trophy. Victoria Holt

Lindy West and her trophy.
Lindy West and her trophy. Victoria Holt

Tracy Rector with her trophy.
Tracy Rector and her trophy. Victoria Holt

Barbara Earl Thomas and her trophy.
Barbara Earl Thomas and her trophy. Victoria Holt

Erik Blood and his trophy.
Erik Blood and his trophy. Victoria Holt

Watch all five acceptance speeches here.

Thank you to the presenting sponsors who made this year's awards possible: Billy O'Neill, Amazon Literary Partnerships, Case Van Rij, and Clutch Cannabis.

Thanks also to Cupcake Royale, the Goodship Company, the Cloud Room, Shunpike, Georgetown Brewery, Sparkle Donkey Tequila, and Sparkman Cellars for making the party possible.

And thank you for being there. That was a packed house.

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