When members from all pockets of the local music community gather for the annual Boston Music Awards, as they did Sunday night at the Liberty Hotel, motivations are often mixed. Most are there to voice support for our ripe music scene, while others are hoping to walk away with a trophy or a new contact. But last night, perhaps more than any other year, everyone had something to celebrate: a behemoth of a performance lineup.
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Honestly, anyone who caught Barrence Whitfield’s sax-powered steamroller of a set with his band Grits and Groceries probably got their money’s worth, no matter what kind of music they were there to see.
The energy didn’t stop with Whitfield, though. Hip-hop had a huge night with performances from Reks and Moe Pope and Rain that were turned up to 10. Pretty & Nice, playing as a power trio, tore through a set of jolty numbers from the band’s latest, “Golden Rules For Golden People.”
The newcomers of the night impressed, as well. An early set from experimental folk duo You Won’t brought to mind earlier days of New England favorites Deer Tick (who somehow won Rock Artist of the Year last night). When the band took note of a gap between the area they were playing and the audience, the two members bridged the divide, ditching their electric instruments to sing without microphones while playing a pump organ and a beautifully-bowed singing saw.
Meanwhile, Western Massachusetts’s Potty Mouth gave the crowd a taste of a band that’s truly on the rise.
The night may have been labeled an awards show, but any stress surrounding winners and losers was put aside, as all who gathered on the fourth floor directly after the winner announcements shared a smile and a boogie to a band called My Dick. That alone proved us all victorious.
2013 Boston Music Awards Winners
Artist of the Year: Bad Rabbits
Album/EP of the Year: Kingsley Flood “Battles”
Song of the Year: The Field Effect “Ogunquit ME”
New Artist of the year: Speedy Ortiz
Live Artist of the Year: Eddie Japan
Rock Artist of the Year: Deer Tick
Hip-Hop Artist of the Year: Moe Pope & Rain
Pop/R&B Artist of the Year: Bad Rabbits
Americana Artist Of The Year: Girls Guns And Glory
Blues Artist of the Year: Barrett Anderson
DJ Artist of the Year: Frank White
Electronic Artist of the Year: Bearstronaut
Folk Artist of the Year: Aofie O’Donovan
Gospel/Inspirational Artist of the Year: Kendall Ramseur
International Artist of the Year: Los Rumberos de Boston
Jazz Artist of the Year: Lake Street Dive
Metal/Hardcore Artist of the Year: Converge
Punk Artist of the Year: Big D And The Kids Table
Singer/Songwriter of the Year: Lori McKenna
Female Vocalist of the Year: Amy Renee Heidemann
Male Vocalist of the Year: Ward Hayden
Producer of the Year: Clinton Sparks
Video of the Year: “Acapella” by Karmin
Best Boston Artist Who Doesn’t Live In Boston: Lady Lamb The Beekeeper
Best Dance Night: Soulelujah
Best Live Music Venue: The Sinclair
Best Live Ongoing Residency: Session Americana At Lizard Lounge
Best Music Blog: Vanyaland
Unsung Hero Award: Charlie Chesterman