Boston Music Awards 2008

Date: December 3, 2008
Venue: The Roxy, Boston

Despite being revamped for its 21st birthday, for a moment Sunday night, the Boston Music Awards felt decidedly old school – more 1988 than 2008. That instant came when New Kids on the Block – yes, those NKOTB – won the award for national act of the year. As two of the all-grown-up Kids, Donnie Wahlberg and Jordan Knight, took the podium on the Roxy stage, the air around them seemed a little surreal.

“We haven’t had one of these in a long time,” cracked Wahlberg. Twenty years ago, he recalled, the Kids were nominated for a Grammy – and lost to Milli Vanilli. “We’d rather have this any day,” he said.


New Kids On The Block - Summertime
(Act of The Year)


Act of the Year (National)

New Kids on the Block

Album of the Year (National)

Who Killed Amanda Palmer — Amanda Palmer

Song of the Year (National)

This Lonely Love — Juliana Hatfield

Act of the Year (Local)

Girls Guns and Glory

Album of the Year (Local)

Absolute Value — Akrobatik

Best New Act

The Low Anthem

Best Song of the Year (Local)

One and One — The Great Bandini

Female Vocalist of the Year (Local)

Sarah Borges

Female Vocalist of the Year (National)

Amanda Palmer

Male Vocalist of the Year (Local)

Eli "Paperboy" Reed

Male Vocalist of the Year (National)

Al Barr (Dropkick Murphys)

Outstanding Americana Act of the Year

Girls Guns and Glory

Outstanding Blues Act of the Year

David Maxwell

Outstanding DJ/Electronic Act of the Year


Outstanding Folk Artists of the Year

Miss Tess

Outstanding Hip–Hop Act


Outstanding International Music Act of the Year

Zili Misik

Outstanding Jazz Act of the Year

Grace Kelly

Outstanding Live Act of the Year

The Camp

Outstanding Metal/Hardcore Act of the Year


Outstanding Pop/R&B Act of the Year


Outstanding Punk Act of the Year

Big D and the Kids Table

Outstanding Rock Act of the Year

Wild Light

Outstanding Singer/Songwriter of the Year

Marissa Nadler

Outstanding Tribute Act of the Year

Joshua Tree

Producer of the Year (Hip–Hop/R&B)

Matty Trump

Producer of the Year (Rock/Pop)

Ed Valauskas

College Band of the Year