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Winners will be announced online December 11.

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ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Anjimile
BIA
Clairo
Cliff Notez
Joyner Lucas
Latrell James
Leo The Kind
Millyz
PVRIS
The Ballroom Thieves


NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR

8 Zipp
All The Time Always
Cakeswagg
Gish
Hyber
Kaylee Federmann
Luke Bar$
MAYA LUCIA
Pillbook
Saint Lyor


BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Anjimile
Austin Fair
Brandie Blaze
Camp Blood
House of Harm
Jazzmyn RED
Mallcops
Optic Bloom
Red Shaydez
Squirrel Flower


ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Austin Fair - PIONEER
Cliff Notez - Why the Wild Things Are
Luke Bar$ - GoodEvil
Mallcops - We Made Plans to Self-Destruct and Return to the Stars
Optic Bloom - Space Garden
Red Shaydez - Feel the Aura
Sasha Sloan - Self Portrait
Squirrel Flower - I Was Born Swimming
Saint Lyor - IF MY SINS COULD TALK
The Ballroom Thieves - Unlovely


SONG OF THE YEAR

Anjimile - Maker
BIA - COVER GIRL
Cliff Notez & Dephrase - Voodoo Doll feat. Latrell James
House of Harm - Vicious Pastimes
Jazzmyn RED - We Gon Make It
Luke Bar$ - Die With Pride
PVRIS - Dead Weight
Saint Lyor - Gossip
STL GLD - My Block
Squirrel Flower - Headlights


VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Alec Hutson - Zebra feat. Cliff Notez
Bad Rabbits - WWYD (What Would You Do?)
Coral Moons - Winnebago
Hayley Sabella - Flew The Nest
Joyner Lucas - Revenge
Millyz - Stay Awhile
Parts Per Million - 2020 Vision
Sasha Sloan - Lies
SuperSmashBroz - Knew Dat feat. Luke Bar$ & Lord Felix
Vintage Lee - Draw 2 (Short Film)


ALT/INDIE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Anjimile
Bent Knee
Coral Moons
Future Teens
Honey Cutt
House of Harm
Sidney Gish
Squirrel Flower
Vundabar
Weakened Friends


AMERICANA ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Airport
Jake Swamp and The Pine
Lula Wiles
Magen Tracy & the Missed Connections
Mark Erelli
Session Americana
Susan Cattaneo
The Wolff Sisters
Town Meeting
Twisted Pine


BLUES ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Ali McGuirk
Anthony Geraci & The Boston Blues All-Stars
Danielle Miraglia
GA-20
Julie Rhodes
Peter Parcek
Sonya Rae Taylor
The Barrett Anderson Band
Tim Carman & the Street 45s
Veronica Lewis


COUNTRY ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Ashley Jordan
Ayla Brown
Dalton & the Sheriffs
Hayley Thompson-King
Houston Bernard Band
Lonely Leesa & the Lost Cowboys
Monica Rizzio
Scarlett Drive
These Wild Plains
Ward Hayden & The Outliers


DANCE/ELECTRONIC ARTIST OF THE YEAR

André Obin
Camino 84
Honeycomb
Leo The Kind
Lightfoot
Optic Bloom
Rilla Force
Saucy Lady
Smigonaut
Zebbler Encanti Experience


DJ OF THE YEAR

BEARLY YVNG
DJ Alcide
DJ Chubby Chub
DJ Frank White
DJ Knife
DJ ReaL P
DJ Ryan Brown
DJ Slipwax
DJ WhySham
SuperSmashBroz


FOLK ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Alex & the People
Anjimile
Darlingside
Gentle Temper
Hawthorn
Honeysuckle
Lisa Bastoni
Prateek
Tall Heights
The Ballroom Thieves


HIP HOP ARTIST OF THE YEAR

BIA
Cliff Notez
Cousin Stizz
Joyner Lucas
Latrell James
Lord Felix
Luke Bar$
Millyz
Red Shaydez
Vintage Lee


INTERNATIONAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Carlos Odria Trio
Crocodile River Music
Dub Apocalypse
Dzidzor
Ezekiel’s Wheels Klezmer Band
Greg Roy
Kotoko Brass
Layth Sidiq
Soul Rebel Project
Yazhi Guo


JAZZ ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Ezra Platt
Fully Celebrated Orchestra
George Garzone
Jason Palmer
Jerry Bergonzi
Kevin Harris
Terri Lyne Carrington
The Woo Factor
Tom Dowd
Yoko Miwa Trio


METAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Armpits
Black Mass
Glacier
Lesser Glow
Needle Play
SEA
SEED
Seven Spires
Vaulted
Worshipper


POP ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Clairo
Jonny Glenn
Kaylee Federmann
Leo The Kind
MyCompiledThoughts
PVRIS
Pillbook
Ripe
Sasha Sloan
Yavin


PUNK/HARDCORE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Actor|Observer
Art Thieves
BRIX’N MORTAR
Camp Blood
Knock Over City
Leopard Print Taser
Mallcops
Rebuilder
Sapling
SkyTigers


R&B ARTIST OF THE YEAR

$ean Wire
Ava Sophia
Eva Davenport
KAE
Marcela Cruz
Miranda Rae
Najee Janey
Nancia
Rey Royale
Sleeping Bela


ROCK ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Carissa Johnson
Caspian
Circus Trees
Fire in the Field
Kal Marks
Major Moment
Pile
PowerSlut
Salem Wolves
Set Fire


SINGER-SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR

Adi Sun
Anjimile
GHOST GRL
Jenee Halstead
Hayley Sabella
Latrell James
Linnea Herzog - Powerslut
Liz Bills
Tanya Donelly
Will Dailey


VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

Aaron Garcia - Pillbook
Anjimile
Drew Zieff - Jake Swamp and The Pine
Ella O’Connor Williams - Squirrel Flower
Eva Davenport
Gianna Botticelli - GHOST GRL
Josh Knowles
Julie Rhodes
Tanya Donelly
Wren Gathers - Optic Bloom


SESSION MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR

Chris Anzalone
Dave Brophy
Duke Levine
Ed Valauskas
Erica Mantone
Joe McMahon
Jonathan Ulman
Stud Green
Tim Carman
Tim Hall


LIVE MUSIC VENUE OF THE YEAR

Big Night Live
Brighton Music Hall
House of Blues
ONCE Somerville
Orpheum Theatre
Paradise Rock Club
Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
Royale
The Palladium
The Sinclair


INTIMATE LIVE MUSIC VENUE OF THE YEAR

Atwood's Tavern
Club Passim
Dorchester Art Project
Great Scott
Lizard Lounge
Midway Cafe
O’Brien’s Pub
The Burren Backroom
The Milky Way
TOAD


LIVE PRODUCTION ENGINEER OF THE YEAR

Chris Johnson
Dana Filloon
Grace Reader
Ian Nault
Jesse Vengrove
Joel Simches
Joyce In
Mike Green
Reid Calkin
Samuel Willgoose


RECORDING STUDIO OF THE YEAR

37’ Productions
Cybersound Recording Studio
Mad Oak Studios
New Alliance Audio
Q Division
Red 13 Studios
Revolution Sound Studio
The Bridge Sound and Stage
The Record Company
Zippah Recording Studios


STUDIO PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

Avery Humber (Humbeats)
Benny Grotto
Brian Charles
Ed Valauskus
Janos Fulop (The Arcitype)
Jay Maas
Jon Glass
Justin Pizzoferrato
Miranda Serra
Sean McLaughlin


MUSIC PROMOTER OF THE YEAR

Aaron Gray - Grayskull Booking
Brandon Matthews - ShowOff Marketing
Carl Lavin - Bowery Boston
Catherine Morris - BAMS Fest
Dustin Labbe - Crossroads Presents
Heather Timmons - TinyOak Booking
Lisa Finelli Fallon - Xperience Creative
Ned Wellbery - Leedz Edutainment
Ryan Agate - RTT Presents
Tom Bianchi - 24 Hour Concerts


MUSIC PUBLICATION OF THE YEAR

Allston Pudding
Boston Compass
DigBoston
Graduation Music
KillerBoomBox
Sound of Boston
The ARTery - WBUR
The Lowell Spin
TheMUSEUM TV
Vanyaland


MUSIC JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Amelia Mason
Arielle Gray
Candace McDuffie
G Valentino Ball
Jed Gottlieb
Karen Muller
Lillian "Lilz" Martin
Michael Marotta
Victor Infante
Victoria Wasylak


MUSIC PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

Adam Parshall
Ben Stas
Corwin Wickersham
Emily Gardner
Jay Hunt
Jenny Bergman
Matt Lambert
OJ Slaughter
Omari Spears
Yazi Ferrufino


MUSIC ARTWORK OF THE YEAR

Bent Knee - You Know What They Mean
Cliff Notez & Dephrase - Social Absence
CZARFACE - The Odd Czar Against Us
Esh & The Isolations - Idiot Fingerz
Jazzmyn RED - REDvolution
Juliana Hatfield - Sings The Police
Luke Bar$ - GoodEvil
Mallcops - We Made Plans to Self-Destruct and Return to the Stars
Millyz - Pandemic Pandemonium
Needle Play - Death by Detail


MUSIC PODCAST / RADIO SHOW OF THE YEAR

Above The Basement
Backpacks and Magazines - 88.1FM WMBR
Beat Club Podcast
Boston Emissions with Anngelle Wood
Boston Venue: The Channel Story
ItsLitBoston
LFOD Radio
On The Town with Mikey Dee - 91.5FM WMFO
Stuck On Stuff
The Launch Pad - JAM'N 94.5


LIVE MUSIC STREAM OF THE YEAR

#TogetherAtHome Sessions - Above The Basement
BUNKER BUDS - Walter Sickert & The Army of Broken Toys
Club Passim Live Stream
Friends of Allston Great Scott Benefit - Allston Pudding & Disposable America
GroundBeat - BAMS Fest
HipStory House Party - HipStory
Isolation Tour - Will Dailey
The New Sh*t Show - Oompa
Virtual Happy Hour - Bill Janovitz
Virtual Venue - ONCE Somerville


617SESSIONS ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Juniper - Better Days
Red Shaydez - Lemme Go Talk My Sh**
Eli Olson - By A Thread
Yavin - Insecurities
Ava Sophia - Love Language (feat. Tashawn Taylor)
Rebuilder - Monuments
Prateek - Diamonds
Mint Green - Changing
Heath240 - Secs
Naomi Westwater - Goodbye Asus4

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