The New Orleans-based magazine offBeat has opened up voting for the Best of the Beat awards, mostly artists and recordings.  Pay attention to categories 17-20, 39-40 and 43 for Cajun and zydeco.  No registration required, though they do require an email and zip code.  And there’s room for open comment at the end.  Or go straight to the ballot at  The awards will be given out on Feb. 28, 2011 at Generations Hall with lots of musical performances, including Allen Toussaint and a tribute to Alex Chilton.