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Boston Music Awards

Founded in 1987, the Boston Music Awards are a set of music awards given annually that showcase talent in the Boston, Massachusetts area.

STL GLD performing live at the 2017 Boston Music Awards.

Past shows have featured such notable talent as Aerosmith, Paula Cole, Esperanza Spalding, Boston, Rubyhorse, Bang Camaro, The Dresden Dolls, Dropkick Murphys, JoJo, Pat Metheny, Amanda Palmer, Phish, Donna Summer, Shea Rose, James Taylor and Jada.[1][2]



The 2017 Boston Music Awards has taken place on December 7, 2017 at the House of Blues, Boston. 36 winners were announced with PVRIS taking home the coveted Artist of the Year Award. The night saw 10 live performances from Bad Rabbits, Tall Heights, Weakened Friends, STL GLD, Carissa Johnson, Avenue, no hope / no harm, Latrell James, Camino 84, and Sidney Gish.


The 2016 Boston Music Awards took place on December 8, 2016.[3]


The 2015 Boston Music Awards were held on December 9, 2015 at the Sinclair in Cambridge. Awards included: Artist of the year: Speedy Ortiz; Album/EP of the year: Foil Deer by Speedy Ortiz; New Artist of the year: Palehound; Rock/Indie artist of the year: Dirty Bangs; Hip-hop artist of the year: Michael Christmas; Pop artist of the year: Ruby Rose Fox;International artist of the year: Shun Ng; Metal artist of the year: Worshipper; Jazz artist of the year: Lake Street Dive.[4]



Laurie Geltman Outstanding Female Vocalist.


Powerman 5000 won Album Of The Year and the Rising Star award.


American Hi-Fi won the Rising Star award


Song of the Year on an Indie Label for Catie Curtis.


The So and So's won the Local Debut Album of the Year award.


Ray Lamontagne Best Male Singer/Songwriter, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year


The 2006 Boston Music Awards were held in the Avalon Ballroom on September 27, 2006. Awards included: Female Vocalist of the Year: Amanda Palmer (Dresden Dolls); Male Vocalist of the Year: Josh Ritter; Outstanding Pop/Rock Band: Dresden Dolls; Act of the Year: Dresden Dolls; Best New Local Act: HUMANWINE; Album of the Year (Indie): Misson of Burma – The Obliterati; Album of the Year (Major): Guster – Ganging Up On the Sun; Female Singer/Songwriter: Melissa Ferrick; Male Singer/Songwriter: Will Dailey; Hall of Fame Induction: Gang Green[5]Best Funk or Jam Band: Parker House and Theory


The 2010 Boston Music Awards were presented on December 6, 2010, at the Liberty Hotel in Boston. Peter Wolf's Midnight Souvenirs won the prize for album of the year and Amanda Palmer was named artist of the year. The Dropkick Murphys were Live Artist of the Year, M-Dot was named Hip-Hop Artist of the year, Kingsley Flood won as New Artist of the Year, and "Living in America" by Dom won Song of the Year. In total, 32 awards were given.[6][7][8]


Shea Rose R&B/Soul/Urban Contemporary Artist of the Year

Esperanza Spalding Jazz Artist of the Year


Shea Rose Pop/R&B Artist of the Year


  1. ^ Faraone, Chris (December 8, 2008), "Official Dispatch from the 2008 Boston Music Awards", Boston Phoenix, archived from the original on February 7, 2010.
  2. ^ Reimer, Courtney (April 20, 2001), "Boston Music Awards Honor Godsmack, C60; American Hi-Fi, Staind, Aimee Mann among other award-winners at Beantown event", MTV News.
  3. ^ "The Boston Music Awards will take place... - Boston Music Awards | Facebook". Retrieved 2016-06-03.
  4. ^ Reed, James (2015-12-10). "Speedy Ortiz cleans up at the Boston Music Awards". The Boston Globe.
  5. ^ Flynn, Rory (September 29, 2006). "Boston Music Awards at the Avalon Ballroom on September 27". Boston Globe. Archived from the original on 22 June 2015. Retrieved 22 June 2015.
  6. ^ Gottlieb, Jed (December 7, 2010), "Peter Wolf, Amanda Palmer lead BMA winners", Boston Herald.
  7. ^ Perry, Jonathan (December 6, 2010), "Uke in hand, Palmer tops Music Awards", Boston Globe.
  8. ^ "2010 Boston Music Awards winners", Boston Globe, December 3, 2010.