Boston Music Awards 1990

Date: April 19, 1990
Venue: Wang Center, Boston

The voting for last night’s 43 awards reflected a 50-50 split between local industry reps and fans. With such a strong fan representation, it was believed the more popular mainstream acts would win — and most did — though it was also encouraging to see how many cutting-edge groups earned a nod.


New Kids On The Block - Hangin' Tough
(Act of The Year)


Act of the year

New Kids on the Block

Rising star

Finest Hour

Outstanding female vocalist

Bonnie Raitt

Outstanding male vocalist

Bobby Brown

Outstanding local female vocalist

Didi Stewart

Outstanding local male vocalist

Dave Herlihy (O Positive)

Outstanding pop/rock album

"Pump," Aerosmith

Outstanding pop/rock album (independent label)

"Jonathan Richman," Jonathan Richman

Outstanding debut pop/rock album

"Doolittle," Pixies

Outstanding debut pop/rock album (independent label)

"And at the End of the Day . . .," Walkers

Outstanding pop/rock single

"I'll Be Loving You (Forever)," New Kids on the Block

Outstanding pop/rock single (independent label)

"Everything Changes," The Joneses

Outstanding pop/rock band


Outstanding local rock band

T.H. & The Wreckage

Outstanding new local rock band

Think Tree

Outstanding song/songwriter

"Janie's Got a Gun," Steven Tyler and Tom Hamilton

Outstanding song/songwriter (independent label)

"Indian Sunrise," Tom Hambridge

Outstanding video

"Hangin' Tough," New Kids on the Block

Outstanding video (independent label)

"Luka," Lemonheads

Outstanding club band

Barrence Whitfield & The Savages

Outstanding hard rock/heavy metal act

Bullet Lavolta

Outstanding R & B act

Bobby Brown

Outstanding rap act

GSP (Gang St*rr Posse)

Outstanding reggae/ska act

Bim Skala Bim

Outstanding jazz act

Pat Metheny Group

Outstanding local jazz act


Outstanding jazz album

"Letter from Home" Pat Metheny Group

Outstanding jazz album (independent label)

"Jumpin' in the Future" Gunther Schuller

Outstanding jazz vocalist

Rebecca Parris

Outstanding Latin act

Flor De Cana

Outstanding folk act

Patty Larkin

Outstanding folk album

"Standing Eight" Bill Morrissey

Outstanding country act

Angel Train

Outstanding Irish/Celtic act

Johnny Cunningham

Outstanding blues act

The Duke Robillard Band

Outstanding world music act

Boogaloo Swamis

Outstanding producer

Maurice Starr

Outstanding guitarist

Joe Perry (Aerosmith)

Outstanding keyboardist

Willie Alexander

Outstanding bassist

Tom Hamilton (Aerosmith)

Outstanding drummer

Terri Lyne Carrington

Outstanding reeds/brass player

Tiger Okoshi (Tiger's Baku)

Outstanding instrumentalist (other)

Jim Fitting, harmonica (Treat Her Right)

Special Tribute Award in honor of their 20th anniversary

Rounder Records