Waffles, hashbrowns, fried eggs, crispy bacon just aren’t the same without a soundtrack.
On Nov. 15, the foodie community world will have a new reason to celebrate. That’s when Waffle House restaurants and TouchTunes present the first-ever Tunie Awards, recognizing the most popular songs and artists played on the over 1,900 Waffle House/TouchTunes jukeboxes over the past year.
The Tunie award winners will be announced during a Facebook Live event on November 15 at 8 p.m. Atlanta radio stars Madison James and Jason Pullman will host the show and present awards including the "Song of the Year" and the "Scattered, Smothered & Discovered" artist of the year.
Chris Stapleton, Imagine Dragons and Shinedown are scheduled to appear.
The results are based on the 30-million songs played on Waffle House/TouchTunes Jukeboxes over the past 12 months.
"The people of the Waffle House Nation have spoken, and that's what makes the Tunie so special," said Shelby White, senior marketing manager for Waffle House. "The results are based on what everyday people like to listen to while eating hashbrowns and waffles. It’s the real choice of the people."
“We’re proud to partner with Waffle House to deliver the best music experiences to fans in-restaurant. The Tunie Awards is a fantastic way to celebrate the fan-favorite music that together we serve up every day, and we look forward to continuing to build our partnership and deliver the best experiences for fans to enjoy,” said Juan Nuñez, TouchTunes' marketing director.
In addition to these awards, the first-ever Waffle House Jukebox Legend Award will be presented to Whispering Bill Anderson. Bill’s career spans six decades, and he is one of the first artists to ever be featured on a Waffle House jukebox.
The Country Music Hall of Famer has a long history with Waffle House. Bill went to high school in Avondale Estates, Georgia and dined at the very first Waffle House location.
Last year, Keith Urban topped the list of top songs played on the Waffle House/TouchTunes jukeboxes with his hit song, "Blue Ain't Your Color."
Will he win this year, or will someone unseat him? Tune in at 8 p.m., Nov. 15 on the Waffle House Facebook page.
The Tunie Awards support the nationwide National Jukebox Day celebrations.
In 2016, the Registrar at National Day Calendar, in partnership with TouchTunes, officially declared the day before Thanksgiving as National Jukebox Day.
The day before Thanksgiving has become a de facto holiday when friends and family come together to reminisce, rekindle friendships and play great jukebox music at Waffle House and other social establishments nationwide.
This year National Jukebox Day will fall on Nov. 2.