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Best Local Celebrity

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Creative Loafing has been presenting Atlanta's Best People, Places and Events since 1972. These are some of the past winners for this category:

Best Celebrity BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
3-Way Tie: 2Chainz, Killer Mike & Katie Hughes

Best Celebrity BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Jon Waterhouse

Best Local Celebrity BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Donald Glover

Best Local Celebrity BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Luis Sandoval
Luis Sandoval is a force, that's why we asked him to participate in Best of Atlanta. Cheerful, generous, and inextricably linked to good times in Atlanta. He's the type of person you want to hug every time you see him - and he?ll probably hug back!

Best local celebrity BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Romeo Cologne

Best local celebrity BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Baton Bob
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Best local celebrity BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Baton Bob
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Best local celebrity BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Baton Bob
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Best local celebrity BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
NeNe Leakes

Best local celebrity BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Usher

Local celebrity BOA Award Winner

Year » 2011
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Usher

Best local celebrity BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Ludacris
Runner-up: Usher

Best local celebrity BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Critics
Kevin Gillespie's beard
What's red and bushy, has fancy W Hotel parties thrown in its honor, can be spotted at local joints including Morelli's Ice Cream and the "Ghetto" Kroger and boasts nearly 8,000 Facebook fans? That would be KEVIN GILLESPIE'S BEARD. Kevin Gillespie might be a "Top Chef" finalist and James Beard semifinalistmore...

What's red and bushy, has fancy W Hotel parties thrown in its honor, can be spotted at local joints including Morelli's Ice Cream and the "Ghetto" Kroger and boasts nearly 8,000 Facebook fans? That would be KEVIN GILLESPIE'S BEARD. Kevin Gillespie might be a "Top Chef" finalist and James Beard semifinalist who can create a transcendent meal as easily with pork belly and veal chop as with a bundle of farm-fresh veggies, but it's his Yukon Cornelius-inspired facial hair that's earned him the national fame he deserves. Oh, and if you're angling for a KGB sighting, your best bet is the dining room at Woodfire Grill. The best tables offer an unobstructed view of the open kitchen - and the chef's lustrous beard.


Editor's note: This blurb has been modified to correctly reflect Gillespie's recognition from the James Beard Foundation.

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Best local celebrity BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Jane Fonda

Runner-up
Elton John

Best Local Celebrity BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Ludacris

Best Local Celebrity BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Baton Bob

Best Local Celebrity BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Andre 3000
Member of OutKast and actor

Best Local Celebrity Other than Elton John BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Usher

Best Local Celebrity BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Critics
Vernon Jones
He’s known for his police-escort posse, designer-label suits and a jet-setting lifestyle that included a secret junket to the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. It’s alleged that he once threatened a woman with a firearm and has been involved in other unpleasant run-ins with female electedmore...

He’s known for his police-escort posse, designer-label suits and a jet-setting lifestyle that included a secret junket to the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. It’s alleged that he once threatened a woman with a firearm and has been involved in other unpleasant run-ins with female elected officials. He’s been accused of rape, but his lawyer dismisses the incident as a threesome that ended with hurt feelings. No, we’re not talking about a rock star or professional athlete, but DeKalb County’s head honcho, VERNON JONES. In addressing the rape accusation, Jones’ attorney described the CEO as a “political celebrity.” Who are we to argue?
www.co.dekalb.ga.us.

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Best Local Celebrity BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Critics
John & Patsy Ramsey
In a city stuffed with PR people, a burg that values hype above all else, it's hard for any "celebrity" to really stick out. Looney media billionaire boat 'n' buffalo aficionados? Got 'em. Certifiably insane, armed-to-the-teeth politicians spoiling for a fight? Got 'em. Platinum-plated, armed-to-the-teethmore...
In a city stuffed with PR people, a burg that values hype above all else, it's hard for any "celebrity" to really stick out. Looney media billionaire boat 'n' buffalo aficionados? Got 'em. Certifiably insane, armed-to-the-teeth politicians spoiling for a fight? Got 'em. Platinum-plated, armed-to-the-teeth rap and hip-hop impresarios? Got 'em. TV news "stars" whose greatest accomplishment is that they talk to people with real jobs? Got 'em. But few cities can boast a media attraction like John and Patsy Ramsey — reclusive millionaire parents of a slain child beauty queen who've never been charged with a single offense but have been virtually tried and convicted on national television by ham-handed Colorado investigators who can't make a case. Tragedy, big money and an unsolved crime: all the elements for successful prime-time specials, and — unlike O.J. — there may well be a "real" unknown killer running loose somewhere. less...

Best Local Celebrity BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Elton John
Having Elton John in Atlanta is sort of like having a Matisse in the attic — he's seldom seen, but he's damned impressive when company calls. Quiet and almost obsessively low-key, the famed British megastar offers reliable support to civic and charitable causes, refrains from the limo-and-bodyguardmore...
Having Elton John in Atlanta is sort of like having a Matisse in the attic — he's seldom seen, but he's damned impressive when company calls. Quiet and almost obsessively low-key, the famed British megastar offers reliable support to civic and charitable causes, refrains from the limo-and-bodyguard excess that too many of our city's nouveau notables thrive upon, and still puts on a really good show. Well done, Sir Elton. less...

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