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The 2022 Drumeo “Drummer Of The Year” Awards

Drumeo Team  /  Dec 20, 2022

Voting for the 2022 Drumeo Awards is now closed. Thanks for participating and supporting your favorite drummers! The winners will be announced on our YouTube channel during the awards show livestream on January 27, 2023.

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Who are the top drummers of 2022?

We need your help deciding who to highlight in each of the 15 categories. And rather than just listing the nominees’ names, we’ve included a quick writeup about each person – because it wouldn’t be fair to ask for your vote otherwise.

Click on each drummer’s photo to learn why they were nominated.

Winners will be announced during the awards show live stream on January 27, 2023.

Between recording, gigging and teaching, drummers did incredible things this year. 

They wrote timeless rhythms and released books. They inspired people with their passion.

From the garage player to the Grammy Award-winning pro, everyone deserves recognition for their hard work and impact. We polled the drumming community and worked through dozens of names with an internal panel of drummers to come up with the list below.

Drummer Of The Year

This award will go to a drummer who checked all the boxes with recording projects, live/video events, online presence, and all-around excellence in their contributions to music.

Click on each drummer’s photo to learn why they were nominated.

Mark Guiliana

Drummer Of The Year nominee

Jazz drummer Mark Guiliana stepped it up even further this year, releasing two new albums, touring with his band and drumming with St. Vincent, while somehow finding time to host clinics and more in between.

Chad Smith

Drummer Of The Year nominee

On top of two new studio albums, a Grammy nomination and touring with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chad worked on sessions for Ozzy Osbourne, Iggy Pop and more.

Benny Greb

Drummer Of The Year nominee

Always a busy educator, this year Benny released a new course and sample pack, performed at drum camps, festivals and PASIC, and even appeared on Seth Meyers.

Steve Smith

Drummer Of The Year nominee

The Vital Information drummer was featured in a new “Legends” book with Modern Drummer, taught/performed at Drum Fantasy Camp, released courses with Drumeo and gigged constantly. He played with five different groups during a five-week residency at Birdland – a rare occurrence at the legendary NYC jazz club.

Todd Sucherman

Drummer Of The Year nominee

From Styx tours and clinics to sample/groove pack releases, a new album with his project Alta Forma and a Drumeo show, Todd Sucherman is known for never slowing down.

Rock Drummer Of The Year

The winner of this award will have had a busy, impactful year primarily in the rock genre.

Click on each drummer’s photo to learn why they were nominated.

Ray Luzier

Rock Drummer Of The Year nominee

With a new Korn album, big tours and the cover of Batterie Magazine, Ray Luzier has had a solid 2022.

Rook

Rock Drummer Of The Year nominee

Rook’s year consisted of sold-out tours and a Hulu documentary with Machine Gun Kelly, a performance at the Billboard Music Awards, a feature on a new track with SK8, nightclub performances and more.

Daniel Fang

Rock Drummer Of The Year nominee

Daniel had a huge year touring with Turnstile, appearing on Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Meyers and Jimmy Fallon, and receiving several Grammy nominations.

Josh Freese

Rock Drummer Of The Year nominee

Between working with The Offspring, 100 gecs, Danny Elfman, Devo, The Dwarves and more, Josh had his hands full in 2022.

Travis Barker

Rock Drummer Of The Year nominee

Travis never slows down. In 2022, he worked on the new Avril Lavigne, Machine Gun Kelly and Ho99o9 albums, drummed on tracks with K. Flay and Iann Dior, and racked up a ton of producing credits.

Metal Drummer Of The Year

The winner of this award will have had a busy, impactful year primarily in the metal genre.

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Tomas Haake

Metal Drummer Of The Year nominee

Tomas came back strong with a new Meshuggah album and major tours a year after not playing drums due to a hand condition.

Craig Reynolds

Metal Drummer Of The Year nominee

With a new Stray From The Path album, his own podcast, tours and a spot sitting in with Seth Meyers’ 8G band, Craig has been on fire this year.

Eloy Casagrande

Metal Drummer Of The Year nominee

Eloy has had a busy year touring with Sepultura, teaching, and contributing his insane skills to prog project Casagrande & Hanysz and rock band Scalene.

Austin Archey

Metal Drummer Of The Year nominee

Lorna Shore blew up in 2022 with a highly acclaimed new album and sold out headlining tours. Austin is a drummer to be reckoned with.

Art Cruz

Metal Drummer Of The Year nominee

The Lamb Of God drummer is on the top of his game with a new album, relentless touring, and a sit-in with the 8G Band on Seth Meyers.

Progressive Drummer Of The Year

The winner of this award will have had a busy, impactful year primarily in the progressive rock or progressive metal style.

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Matt Garstka

Prog Drummer Of The Year nominee

The Animals As Leaders drummer is flying high with a new album, tours, giving back at drum camps, a new podcast and more.

Gavin Harrison

Prog Drummer Of The Year nominee

Gavin’s 2022 consisted of a Modern Drummer cover, new albums and tours with Porcupine Tree and The Pineapple Thief, a new ear training app and more.

Danny Carey

Prog Drummer Of The Year nominee

From big tours with Tool to club gigs on the side, Danny Carey is still at the top of his game.

Clay Aeschliman

Prog Drummer Of The Year nominee

A new Polyphia album and packed tour dates kept Clay busy in 2022.

Nic Collins

Prog Drummer Of The Year nominee

On top of crushing it on Genesis’ final tour, Nic released singles and toured with his band Better Strangers, also appearing in the documentary “Let There Be Drums”.

Jazz Drummer Of The Year

The winner of this award will have had a busy, impactful year primarily in the jazz genre.

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JD Beck

Jazz Drummer Of The Year nominee

Only 19 years old, JD Beck is on fire with a new #1 contemporary jazz album (nominated for two Grammys!), appearances on Jimmy Kimmel and The Tonight Show, tour dates and more.

Jonathan Barber

Jazz Drummer Of The Year nominee

Jonathan released a solo album, drummed onstage and in studio with artists like Gretchen Parlato and Julieta Eugenio, performed at PASIC, and drummed on a new HBOMax movie soundtrack.

Allison Miller

Jazz Drummer Of The Year nominee

Allison’s year consisted of jazz fest appearances, tour dates and gigs (including a Birdland residency), jazz camp and teaching, multiple album releases, a PASIC clinic, inclusion in a new Hudson Music publication – and that’s just scratching the surface.

Terri Lyne Carrington

Jazz Drummer Of The Year nominee

Terri Lyne released several albums this year as well as a new lead sheet compilation with Hudson Music, appeared at some prominent gigs, and is ending 2022 with two Grammy nominations.

Mark Guiliana

Jazz Drummer Of The Year nominee

Mark Guiliana had a busy year releasing two new albums, touring with his band and drumming with St. Vincent, while somehow finding time to host clinics and more in between.

Contemporary Drummer Of The Year

The winner of this award will have had a busy, impactful year primarily in the contemporary/fusion genres.

Click on each drummer’s photo to learn why they were nominated.

Antonio Sanchez

Contemporary Drummer nominee

Antonio’s 2022 included a new album, covers with Modern Drummer and Jazz Times, tours and festival appearances (Pat Metheny/Bad Hombre/Thana Alexa and more), creating scores for HBO shows, speaking engagements and more.

Yussef Dayes

Contemporary Drummer nominee

A huge year of touring and jazz festivals, a new live album and studio sessions kept Yussef’s schedule full.

Anika Nilles

Contemporary Drummer nominee

Anika is back on the scene with a new EP, tours with Jeff Beck, teaching and more.

Simon Phillips

Contemporary Drummer nominee

From new albums (Protocol 5/Vortex) to gigs, Drum Fantasy Camp and drum festival appearances, Simon Phillips had a full schedule in 2022.

Andy Prado Jr.

Contemporary Drummer nominee

Tours with Sabrina Claudio, gigs with Wires and jazz fest appearances kept Andy busy this year.

Country Drummer Of The Year

The winner of this award will have had a busy, impactful year primarily in the country genre.

Click on each drummer’s photo to learn why they were nominated.

Jake Sommers

Country Drummer Of The Year nominee

This year you could find Jake Sommers manning the kit on stadium tours with Luke Combs (including a gig at the Daytona 500).

Kevin Murphy

Country Drummer Of The Year nominee

Multiple TV appearances, tours with Jon Pardi, a PASIC performance and masterclasses kept Kevin active this year.

Rich Redmond

Country Drummer Of The Year nominee

On top of his regular gig touring with Jason Aldean, Rich released two groove/sample packs, recorded with John Morgan, and wrote a book “Making It In Country Music”.

Jim Riley

Country Drummer Of The Year nominee

Rascal Flatts’ drummer stayed busy touring with Gary LeVox’s solo project, teaching drum students privately and in his college course, recording with artists like Andy Wood, and drumming in the house band of a new MTV show (out in 2023).

Fred Eltringham

Country Drummer Of The Year nominee

Fred drummed on multiple Grammy-nominated albums this year including Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, Miranda Lambert and Ashley McBryde. Gigs with Sheryl Crow, a Seth Meyers sit-in, an appearance on a Billy Joe Shaver tribute album, and a single for The One Eighties are just a few of his other 2022 highlights.

Pop Drummer Of The Year

The winner of this award will have had a busy, impactful year primarily in the pop genre.

Click on each drummer’s photo to learn why they were nominated.

Ash Soan

Pop Drummer Of The Year nominee

Ash toured with Tori Amos and Joss Stone this year, hosted recording camps and performed at festivals with Terry Reid. He made the cover of Modern Drummer, drummed on the Pennyworth soundtrack, and recorded with artists like Alicia Keys, Julian Lennon, Del Amitri, Alan Darby, Ariel Posen, Marc Almond, James Morrison, Ghost Note, and a Bob Marley re-release.

Sarah Jones

Pop Drummer Of The Year nominee

Sarah’s year consisted of tours with Harry Styles (including ‘residencies’ at legendary venues like Madison Square Garden), percussion credits on Harry Styles’ new Grammy-nominated album, recordings with Kurt Vile, and recording her debut album with project Technology + Teamwork.

Kaz Rodriguez

Pop Drummer Of The Year nominee

Kaz lent his drumming talents to live tours with Josh Groban, drum festival appearances, clinics and more.

Aaron Sterling

Pop Drummer Of The Year nominee

Aaron had a busy 2022: John Mayer tours, a new Tears For Fears album, a new sample pack, tracks with Carrie Underwood and Pink, clinics and more.

Ashton Irwin

Pop Drummer Of The Year nominee

A new album with 5 Seconds Of Summer, huge tours, and an appearance on Seth Meyers were just a few highlights from Ashton’s year.

R&B/Hip-Hop Drummer Of The Year

The winner of this award will have had a busy, impactful year primarily in the R&B or hip-hop genres.

Click on each drummer’s photo to learn why they were nominated.

Devon Taylor

R&B/Hip-Hop Drummer Of The Year nominee

Between working with Justin Bieber and Mary J Blige, a BET awards performance and recording sessions, Devon was on fire this year.

Ricky Lewis

R&B/Hip-Hop Drummer Of The Year nominee

Ricky killed it on this year’s stadium tours with The Weeknd.

Giulliana Merello

R&B/Hip-Hop Drummer Of The Year nominee

Giulliana’s 2022 included huge tours with Karol G, a Modern Drummer cover, a sit-in with Seth Meyers’ 8G band and more.

Mike Reid

R&B/Hip-Hop Drummer Of The Year nominee

Mike drummed at several huge events this year (including the Oscars, the Queen’s Jubilee, and the iHeartRadio Music Awards with Charlie Puth and John Legend), toured with Alicia Keys and more.

Tony ‘Rico’ Nichols

R&B/Hip-Hop Drummer Of The Year nominee

Rico toured with Kendrick Lamar, performed with Cardi B at the AMAs, threw it down on SNL with Megan Thee Stallion, backed Steve Iacy at Coachella, gigged with 24kGoldn, worked with Rileyy Lanez…the list goes on.

Soul/Funk Drummer Of The Year

The winner of this award will have had a busy, impactful year primarily in the soul and/or funk genres.

Click on each drummer’s photo to learn why they were nominated.

Adam Deitch

Soul/Funk Drummer Of The Year nominee

A new Lettuce album and a ton of tour dates, gigs with Break Science, Adam Deitch Quartet and an album with BTTRFLY, festival appearances and more kept Adam busy this year.

Stanton Moore

Soul/Funk Drummer Of The Year nominee

Stanton had an insane year including dates with Les Claypool and Galactic, gigs with Garage A Trois and the Stanton Moore Trio, recording sessions, drum camps, masterclasses, jazz festivals, a new Zildjian crash and tons of online educational content.

Jost Nickel

Soul/Funk Drummer Of The Year nominee

Big tours with Jan Delay, drum festival appearances and clinics kept Jost’s schedule full.

Nate Smith

Soul/Funk Drummer Of The Year nominee

Drumming with Fearless Flyers, Kinfolk, Cory Wong, a tribute album to Leonard Cohen, appearances at jazz fests…Nate Smith had a busy 2022.

Stanley Randolph

Soul/Funk Drummer Of The Year nominee

Stanley’s year included gigs with Steve Lacy, Cory Henry and The BBC, producing and songwriting with various artists, a Lindsey Stirling track and more.

YouTube Drummer Of The Year

This award goes to a drummer who has built their profile independently, has created a strong online community on YouTube, and is constantly inspiring or entertaining people with their drum videos, playing, and/or personality.

Click on each drummer’s photo to learn why they were nominated.

 

Samus Paulicelli (66samus)

YouTube Drummer Of The Year nominee

Educational, skilled and hilarious, Samus is a staple in the metal community and knows what drummers find both entertaining and useful. He added 240k new subscribers to his channel in 2022, with a jaw-dropping 38.7M views across 44 brand new videos (the top one earning almost 2M views).

 

 

 

 

Alejandro Sifuentes

YouTube Drummer Of The Year nominee

Alejandro Sifuentes was the most active YouTuber of this year’s nominees. The skilled drummer and video editor earned over 13 million views on his channel across 49 videos this year.

 

 

 

 

Zack Grooves

YouTube Drummer Of The Year nominee

Zack Graybeal (aka “ZackGrooves”) thrills his audience with world-class playing and a wicked sense of humor. Zack released 35 videos in 2022, earning over 11 million views.

 

 

 

 

David Raouf (rDavidr)

YouTube Drummer Of The Year nominee

David Raouf (aka “rDavidr”) is drumming’s Mr. DIY. His channel is full of useful & practical videos to help drummers maintain their gear and create new sounds. With 29 new releases, David’s channel received over 14 million views in 2022.

 

 

 

 

Gabe Helguera (Drum Beats Online)

YouTube Drummer Of The Year nominee

Gabe Helguera (aka “Drum Beats Online”) is an educator and performer in the band I Prevail. Gabe follows a steady release schedule of educational topics, with 27 releases and nearly 13 million views in 2022.

 

TikTok Drummer Of The Year

This award goes to a drummer who has built their profile independently, has created a strong online community on TikTok, and is constantly inspiring or entertaining people with their drum videos, playing, and/or personality.

Click on each drummer’s photo to learn why they were nominated.

HAL Drums

TikTok Drummer Of The Year nominee

He’s got skill, he’s got swag, and his drum covers have blown up on TikTok this year.

RockerGirlDrummer

TikTok Drummer Of The Year nominee

She’s built a huge community around her covers of popular rock songs.

El Estepario Siberiano

TikTok Drummer Of The Year nominee

The drummer other drummers say is “impossibly good”, he’s built a following on concepts like playing tricky songs one-handed and doing ridiculously difficult stuff on a small setup.

Timothy Fletcher

TikTok Drummer Of The Year nominee

This snare drummer dances, does stick tricks, and brings the heat from parks and trails to tennis courts. The energy coming from this guy is contagious!

Domino Santantonio

TikTok Drummer Of The Year nominee

Domino has stayed just as busy on TikTok this year, putting out regular covers of pop songs and drumming outside with other musicians.

Instagram Drummer Of The Year

This award goes to a drummer who has built their profile independently, has created a strong online community on Instagram, and is constantly inspiring or entertaining people with their drum videos, playing, and/or personality.

Click on each drummer’s photo to learn why they were nominated.

Kristina Rybalchenko

Instagram Drummer Of The Year nominee

An active content creator on the platform, Kristina regularly posts fun covers of popular rock songs.

Anastasia Sereda

Instagram Drummer Of The Year nominee

Anastasia is known for her heavy drum covers, precise playing and a killer attitude.

Leko Bertoldo

Instagram Drummer Of The Year nominee

Leko is a memorable character, whether he’s building kits from random items or using a snare drum to play tennis.

Greyson Nekrutman

Instagram Drummer Of The Year nominee

Greyson became known on Instagram for his Big Band and jazz covers, but this year he’s been branching out into rock and other styles.

Wojtek Deregowski

Instagram Drummer Of The Year nominee

Wojtek loves a good linear pattern, and he has a ton of videos sharing lessons on creative fills and licks.

Drum Performance Of The Year

The winner of this award put on a legendary, must-watch performance (captured on video), either with a full band or solo.

Drum Recording Of The Year

The winner of this award will have played on a single track or a full album that has made an outstanding contribution to their style (or music in general) via the drums.

Click each photo to listen to the nominated song or album.

A very special shoutout to our title sponsor, Yamaha, for helping us put on this year’s Drummer Of The Year Awards. A longtime partner and friend of Drumeo, we can’t thank them enough.

With a rich history of drum-making since 1967, Yamaha is committed to empower people to “Make Waves” with their sound and music. With drum offerings from beginner to some of the most elite craftsmanship found anywhere, Yamaha has long made a promise to providing customers of all ranges drum products that are reliable, value-driven, durable, and high-performing.


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