Boston Music Awards 1989

Date: April 25, 1989
Venue: Wang Center, Boston

The screams last night at the sold-out, 4,200-capacity Wang Center were enough to flatten you in your tracks. They came from the front rows, the mezzanine, the upper balcony and just about everywhere, bouncing off the walls as if the Beatles were in town.


Bobby Brown - Every Little Step
(Act of The Year)


Act of the Year

Bobby Brown

Rising Star

Treat Her Right

Outstanding Female Vocalist (Major Label)

Tracy Chapman

Outstanding Male Vocalist (Major Label)

Bobby Brown

Outstanding Female Vocalist (Indie Label)

Janet La Valley (Tribe)

Outstanding Male Vocalist (Indie Label)

Larry Bangor (The Zulus)

Outstanding Pop/Rock Album (Major Label)

"Tracy Chapman" (Tracy Chapman)

Outstanding Pop/Rock Album (Indie Label)

"The Dragons Are Still Out" (Willie Loco Alexander)

Outstanding Debut Pop/Rock Album (Indie Label)

"Tribe" (Tribe)

Outstanding Rock Band


Outstanding Local Rock Band

The Zulus

Outstanding New Local Band

Ultra Blue

Outstanding Pop/Rock Single (Major Label)

"My Prerogative" (Bobby Brown)

Outstanding Pop/Rock Single (Indie Label)

"Certified Love" (T.H. & The Wreckage)

Outstanding Song/Songwriter (Major Label)

"Talkin' Bout A Revolution" (Tracy Chapman)

Outstanding Song/Songwriter (Indie Label)

"In The Pink" (Willie Loco Alexander)

Outstanding Video

"The Right Stuff" (New Kids On The Block)

Outstanding Club Band

The Fools

Outstanding Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Act


Outstanding R&B Act

Bobby Brown

Outstanding R&B Single

"The Right Stuff" (New Kids On The Block)

Outstanding Rap Act

Gang Starr Posse

Outstanding Reggae/Ska Act

Bim Skala Bim

Outstanding Jazz Act: (Major Label)

Pat Metheny Group

Outstanding Jazz Act (Indie Label)

Tiger's Baku

Outstanding Jazz Album (Major Label)

"Full Circle" (Full Circle)

Outstanding Jazz Album (Indie Label)

"Radium" (Either/Orchestra)

Outstanding Jazz Vocalist

Rebecca Parris

Outstanding Folk Act

Livingston Taylor

Outstanding Folk Album

"Life Is Good" (Livingston Taylor)

Outstanding Country Act

John Lincoln Wright & The Sourmash Boys

Outstanding Blues Act

Duke Robillard & The Duke Robbilard Band

Outstanding Street Performance

Mr. Bones

Outstanding Producer

Maurice Starr

Outstanding Guitarist

Pat Metheny

Outstanding Bassist

Tim Archibald (New Man)

Outstanding Keyboardist

Lyle Mays

Outstanding Percussionist

Terri Lyne Carrington

Reeds/Bass Player

Bob Gay (New Man)

Hall Of Fame

Tom Rush