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Boston Music Awards

By: Kellie K. Speed, Travel Writer

Boston Music Awards For the past 14 years, Boston has been celebrating its history of bringing its most popular bands to the forefront in music. From Aerosmith and the Cars to Extreme, Godsmack and American Hi-Fi, Boston has been the home to a variety of groundbreaking musicians.

In 1987, the Boston Music Awards was established to honor many New England artists. The recent awards ceremony held at the Orpheum Center hailed country artist Jo Dee Messina with four nominations and Academy Award nominee Aimee Mann. Heavy rock band Godsmack earned the most nominations (seven) including four wins for Act of the Year, Album of the Year, Outstanding Rock Band and Best Male Vocalist of the Year (lead Sully Erna).

Sponsored by WAAF 107.3FM radio, the event held on April 19 was hosted by MTV VJ Dave Holmes. C60 was the breakout band of the evening, taking home five awards in the Indie Label categories for Outstanding New Rock Band, Outstanding Male Vocalist (Keith Smith), Outstanding Single and Outstanding Song for Crazy also won the Outstanding Club Band award.

Aimee Mann won two awards for Female Vocalist of the Year and Song of the Year (Save Me) American Hi-Fi, the evening's youngest band, won the Rising Star award while Vertical Horizon's "Everything You Want" was named Song of the Year.

The Boston Music Awards showcased this year's brightest new acts, including Powerman 5000 and Staind. 

MTV's VJ Dave Holmes returned to Boston this year to host yet another BMA event. The host came to Boston to present the awards to the various artists last year as well.

At the end of the evening, Carly Simon, who was inducted into the Boston Music Awards Hall of Fame in 1995, presented the Ertegun Impact Award to Arif Mardin, senior vice president of Atlantic Records, for his unique contribution to the music industry. A 21 sculpture of a clear twist of glass mounted on a black base was sculpted by Italian artist Guiliano Tosi. Mardin has produced albums for hundreds of artists, including the Bee Gees, Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler, Aretha Franklin and of course, Carly Simon.

Live performances included acts like American Hi-Fi, C60, Halfcocked, Roomful of Blues and Mr. Lif.

This year's Boston Music Awards winners are:

Act of the Year Godsmack
Rising Star American Hi-Fi
Album of the Year Awake (Godsmack)
Outstanding Rock Band Godsmack
Single of the Year Everything You Want (Vertical Horizon)
Male Vocalist of the Year Sully Erna (Godsmack)
Female Vocalist of the Year Aimee Mann
Song of the Year Save Me (Aimee Mann)
Video of the Year Home (Staind)
Outstanding Album (Indie Label) Royal (Amazing Crowns)
Outstanding Debut Album (Indie Label) Occupation: Rock Star (Halfcocked)
Outstanding Single (Indie Label) Crazy (C60)
Outstanding Song (Indie Label) Crazy (C60)
Outstanding Male Vocalist (Indie Label) Keith Smith (C60)
Outstanding Female Vocalist (Indie Label) Juliana Hatfield
Outstanding Rock Band (Indie Label) The Sheila Divine
Outstanding New Rock Band (Indie Label) C60
Outstanding Hard Rock Band Dropkick Murphys
Outstanding Jam Band Soulive
Outstanding Funk Band Superhoney
Outstanding Club Band C60
Outstanding Ska band Bim Skala Bim
Outstanding Rap/Hip-Hop Act Mr. Lif
Outstanding Rap/Hip-Hop Album Enters the Colossus (Mr. Lif)
Outstanding Rap/Hip-Hop Single Internet MC’s (Akrobatik)
Outstanding New Rap/Hip-Hop Act Insight
Outstanding Electronic/DJ Act Tym Ryan
Outstanding Jazz Act Either/Orchestra
Outstanding Jazz Album Motherland (Danilo Perez)
Outstanding Singer/Songwriter Album Little Steps Merrie Amsterburg
Outstanding Debut Singer/Songwriter Album Australia Howie Day
Outstanding Male Singer/Songwriter Ellis Paul
Outstanding Female Singer/Songwriter Melissa Ferrick
Outstanding New Singer/Songwriter Nate Borofsky
Outstanding Blues Act Susan Tedeschi
Outstanding Country Act Dave Pike & The Good Ole Boys
Outstanding World Music Act John Brown’s Body
Outstanding Producer Matthew Ellard

Now in its fifth year, NEMO Music Conference & Showcase is one of North America's premier music industry events. With three nights of music (featuring over 200 artist showcases and the prestigious Boston Music Awards), two full days of panels, workshops, clinics and a trade show, NEMO takes place in Boston, a city renowned for being a hotbed of new talent and for breaking new acts. 

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Kellie Speed - Click to enlarge

Kellie K. Speed is a freelance travel writer and restaurant reviewer. Her features have been published in various publications including The Boston Globe, Cahnersí Industrial Distribution and Graphic Arts Monthly magazines and Reno Air Approach.

Kellie has reviewed numerous first-class hotels and travel destinations, including Hawaii, California, Arizona, Bermuda and Mexico, to name a few. She has also traveled internationally to Ireland, England, France, Germany, Belgium and the Czech Republic. Next year, she is planning a trip to Tahiti.

Since she is from Massachusetts, she will be providing reviews of local restaurants for Travel-Watch.

If you would like to email Kellie any suggestions or comments, please do so at kkspeed@aol.com.


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