Boston Music Awards 1996

Date: October 22, 1996
Venue: Wang Center, Boston

“There have been a lot of nasty rumors out there, but I want to take this moment to be honest with everybody. I want to say that I’m really strung out on Morphine . . . but I like their first album better than their second.” — Steven Tyler


(Act of The Year)


Act of the decade


Act of the year


Rising star

Ellis Paul

Outstanding rock band


Album of the year

"Wholesale Meats and Fish" Letters to Cleo

Debut album of the year

"The Burdens of Being Upright" Tracy Bonham

Single of the year

"Mother Mother" Tracy Bonham

Female vocalist

Tracy Bonham

Male vocalist

Dicky Barrett (Mighty Mighty Bosstones)


"Natural One" by Lou Barlow, John Davis & Wally Gagel

Local rock band


New local rock band

Gravel Pit

Hardcore band


Rock album (indie label)

"The Gravel Pit Manifesto" the Gravel Pit

Debut rock album (indie label)

"Meet Me at the Fair" the Push Stars

Rock single (indie label)

"Kick the Can" Poundcake

Local female vocalist

(tie) Laurie Sargent, Jules Verdone

Local male vocalist

Martin Sexton

Song/songwriter (indie label)

"Black Sheep" Martin Sexton

Club Band: Guster Video

"Mother Mother" Tracy Bonham

Local R&B act

Eye 2 Eye

Local rap/hip-hop act

Fat Bag

Funk Band


Reggae Band

Mighty Charge

Ska Band

The Allstonians

World music act

Mendes Brothers

Jazz act

Medeski, Martin & Wood

Jazz album

"Panamonk" Danilo Perez

Local jazz act


Jazz album (indie label)

"Dart Night" Charlie Kohlhase Quintet

Jazz vocalist

Dominique Eade

Contemporary folk act

Ellis Paul

New contemporary folk act

Deb Pasternak

Contemporary folk album

"Plumb" Jonatha Brooke & the Story

Debut contemporary folk album

"Living with Ghosts" Patty Griffin

Blues act

Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters

Country act

Jo Dee Messina


Mike Denneen


Reeves Gabrels