The 9th Annual EG Awards - or EGGIES as they have become known - will be keeping this blog occupied for most of January. Each day (or thereabouts), a winner from each of the many and splendid categories will be featured, along with those unfortunate souls (or records) which went home empty-handed.
To kick off, it's the Best Album Of 2009 category.
No surprises here, perhaps, but in the end our Vic was given a pretty good run for her money by Florence + The Machine's almost-as-magnificent opus, Lungs.
Home to two UK Top 40 "hits", three other singles of varying physicality, and a host of gorgeous synth-pop tunes of almost universally-wonderful quality, Hands was the album of choice in 2009 for anyone who really loves pop music in its most traditional sense.
Internet forums may have been all a-twitter on the failings of the label, the artist, the sleeve, the producer, and the person who swept the floor in the studio, but Boots was the brightest ray of hope for pop's future in a dire year.
Lungs, Florence + The Machine
The Liberty Of Norton Folgate, Madness
Isla, The Portico Quartet
To Lose My Life, White Lies