The 25th Boston Music Awards

Dwight & Nicole Boston Music Awards 2012

Each music awards show has its own style. The Grammys are the self-important Type-A character, the American Music Awards are your standard teeny-bopper affair, and the CMAs have the down-country, Sarsaparilla-swilling flavor. Last Sunday night, we realized that the Boston Music Awards is that cool older brother who casually smokes a cig out back behind the gym. Upon entering the Liberty Hotel amongst Boston’s indiest musicians and fans, we realized just how much coolness was packed into one venue. The BMAs are a perfect iteration of what the Boston music scene is comprised of: artists and fans alike clinked their glasses and mingled together, stellar live performances were booked at every moment of the evening, and most importantly, truly great local music was recognized.

M&T favorites Dwight and Nicole were able to knock out all of the above. Prior to the awards ceremony, the power couple took the stage for a quick and dirty four-song set. We had the pleasure of hearing a brand new track off of their forthcoming record called “Plead.” The bluesy track featured Dwight on vocals, in addition to his signature shredding abilities. You can view a rough video of this performance here. The last song of the set was a stripped-down version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” Nicole’s heavenly cover made us teary-eyed when she first sang it as a contestant on NBC’s The Voice, and this time was no different (video below). After this moving set, it came as no surprise to M&T when Nicole nabbed the award for Female Vocalist of the Year. It’s been a hallmark year for Dwight and Nicole, and we are stoked to see them do even bigger and better things in 2013.

After the D&N set, we hiked up to the 5th floor to catch Air Traffic Controller. Yet again, the set was short but sweet. While the band didn’t win Song of the Year for “Hurry, Hurry,” their performance of the undeniably catchy track won us over. Dave Munro as lead singer and songwriter held a wonderfully charming presence on stage (despite the fact that they were basically playing in a corner or a well-lit room). Air Traffic Controller’s tight live show left us blown away by yet another talented Boston-based band.

Other Maimed and Tamed darlings made a strong showing throughout the Awards Ceremony. Kingsley Flood won for Americana Artist of the Year, David Wax Museum took home the Song of the Year, Tim Gearan Band captured the Best Live Ongoing Residency award and Christian McNeill of Sea Monsters fame won the prize for Male Vocalist of the Year. See below for the full list of winners, and we’ll see you at the BMAs next year.

Check out our photo coverage of the event here.



Song of the Year
Harder Before It Gets Easier, David Wax Museum

Album of the Year
Youth Companion, Mean Creek

Artist of the Year

New Artist of the Year
Cam Meekins

Live Artist of the Year
Debo Band

Blues Artist of the Year
Erin Harpe & The Delta Swingers

Jazz Artist of the Year
Omar Thomas

Rock Artist of the Year

Pop/R&B Artist of the Year
Shea Rose

Hip Har of the Year
Moe Pope & Rain

Americana Artist of the Year
Kingsley Flood

DJ of the Year
Frank White

Electronic Artist of the Year
Andre Obin

Folk Artist of the Year
Caleb Groh

Gospel Artist of the Year
Berklee Reverence Gospel Choir

International Artist of the Year
Evolfo Doofeht

Metal/Hardcore Artist of the Year

Punk Artist of the Year
Dropkick Murphys

Singer/Songwriter of the Year
Will Dailey

Female Vocalist of the Year
Nicole Nelson

Male Vocalist of the Year
Christian Mcneill

Rock Producer of the Year
Dave Minehan

Hip Hop Producer of the Year
Malik Williams

Video of the Year
252 Gem Club

Best Boston Artist Who Doesn’t Live In Boston
Passion Pit

Best Dance Night
The Pill

Best Live Music Venue

Best Live Ongoing Residency
Tim Gearan Band At Atwood’s Tavern

Best Music Blog
Allston Pudding

Unsung Hero
Ed Valauskas

Humanitarian of the Year
Jillian Jensen

Outstanding Achievement
Clinton Sparks

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