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Roots rocker Jennifer Getz doesn’t know whether anything will come of her Los Angeles Music Awards nomination when winners are announced tonight at the Music Box Theater. But the dreadlocked singer from North Hollywood is hopeful. “I’m really stoked that they think I’m a great songwriter, and if it helps jump-start my career, that would be awesome,” said Getz, who’s up for best female singer-songwriter of the year at the event that organizers expect will be its biggest ever. The L.A. Music Awards, founded 15 years ago with the ambitious goal of unifying the independent music scene, spotlights local, unsigned talent in 13 categories. Winners will be determined by the artists and their fans, who cast their votes at a listening party last month. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week New this year is the honoring of industry veterans – Spencer Davis, C.C. DeVille of Poison and trumpeter Lee Thornburg of “The Tonight Show” band to name a few – during the $250-a-seat gala that producers are in talks to have air in January on L.A.’s KHIZ (Channel 64). “Could you imagine if an indie band gets an L.A. Music Award and then sees a rock star get an award, it gives them a different outlook,” said Alfred C. Bowman, executive producer and founder of the L.A. Music Awards. Bowman created the show in 1991 after an enlightening conversation with Gazzarri’s club owner Bill Gazzarri, known as the Sunset Strip’s Godfather of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Gazzarri, who died three days later and whose club is now home to The Key Club, was ranting about the MTV generation’s lack of imagination and the rising grunge movement. As Bowman tells it, he asked Gazzarri what could be done to “repair this fractured music scene here?” His answer: Start an awards show – but make it about the music. The L.A. Local Rock Music Awards had its premiere at the now-defunct Mardis Gras club in Long Beach in December 1991. A year later, the awards show became the L.A. Music Awards and expanded to include other categories because music was changing, with more soul/r&b and hip-hop acts popping up. Since then, internationally renowned acts have passed through the L.A. Music Awards’ doors on their way up, including System of a Down, the Black Eyed Peas and No Doubt. “Gwen Stefani could not sing a lick, but she had this pink mohawk and did cartwheels,” recalled Bowman, adding that, despite it all, he could see that even then she had star quality. Getz says she wouldn’t mind a little star power rubbing off on her, although at this point she’d settle for tour support. She averages a few shows a month, which she posts at her official Web site, www.jennifergetz.com. “All I want to do is play,” said the Sherman Oaks native whose nomination was based on her emotionally charged 2004 debut album, “Makin’ History,” which garnered her praise from the indie music press. Kitty Magik.com likened her “clever lyrics” to those of Ani DiFranco, while Soul Shine.com dubbed her “Bob Dylan in Drag.” “She’s superb,” said Bowman, who handpicked her CD from the thousands of paid submissions from unknown artists. “She’s got dreadlocks, with beautiful green eyes and great songs that are very radio-friendly. “You got to be the complete package in this business, and so someone like her, yeah, she has a lot she can do with this (nomination). “It all comes down to the will of the artist,” he said. Sandra Barrera, (818) 713-3728 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!