Boston Music Awards reveal 2011 nominations

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Organizers for the Boston Music Awards have revealed this year’s nominees. Hip-Hop favorite Slaine dominated with five nominations including top prizes Artist of the Year and Album/EP of the Year for A World With No Skies 2.0. Rockers Dropkick Murphys followed with three nominations as did Mean Creek and Moufy. Now in its 24th year, the BMAs will  take place at the Liberty Hotel in Boston on Sunday, November 20.

Joining Slaine in the Artist of the Year category are David Wax Museum, Dropkick Murphys, Lady Lamb the Beekeeper and Mean Creek. For Album/EP of the Year, he’ll face off against Reks (R.E.K.S.), Mean Creek (Hemophiliac), Freezepop (Imaginary Friends) and Roy Sludge (Too Drunk To Truck).

DOM, who last year earned five nominations and walked away with one trophy for Song of the Year, earned two nominations this year. Also up for two awards are David Wax Museum, Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, Reks, Freezepop, Karmin, Bad Rabbits, Viva Viva, Gentlemen Hall and Big Digits.

The complete list of nominees for each category is available below. Recipients for Humanitarian of the Year and Unsung Hero will be announced at a later date.

To be eligible for a Boston Music Award, a musician or producer must have strong ties to New England. The time frame for consideration for this year’s awards are November 1, 2010 to October 31, 2011.

Fans can vote through the BMA’s official website at Voting more than once is allowed but not encouraged. The Boston Music Awards Voting Academy accounts for two thirds of the final votes while the public accounts for the remaining one third. Voting closes at midnight on Wednesday, November 9.

Once again, this years Boston Music Awards promises to be a big party and showcase for the local music scene with over a dozen acts scheduled to perform sets across multiple rooms located within the Liberty Hotel. Performing at the BMA’s this year will be Moufy, Shea Rose, Viva Viva, Bloco AfroBrazil, Roy Sludge, Freezepop, Razormaze, Roomful of Blues, Stereo Telescope, Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band, The Wandas, Dead Cats Dead Rats, Casey Desmond, MMOSS and Gentlemen Hall with more to be added.

Tickets for the 2011 Boston Music Awards are now on sale through General Admission tickets are available for $20, while VIP tickets are available for $99 and include a cocktail reception with nominees, performers and industry insiders. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Music Drives Us foundation.

2011 Boston Music Awards Nominees

Artist of the Year

David Wax Museum
Dropkick Murphys
Lady Lamb the Beekeeper
Mean Creek

Album/EP of the Year
R.E.K.S., Reks
A World With No Skies 2.0, Slaine
Hemophiliac, Mean Creek
Imaginary Friends, Freezepop
Too Drunk To Truck, Roy Sludge

New Artist Of The Year
Earthquake Party
Spirit Kid
Streight Angular

Song Of The Year
“99 Bottles”, Slaine
“Born with a Broken Heart”, David Wax Museum
“Boston Lights”, Moufy
“Happy Birthday Party”, DOM
“Sunlight”, Mean Creek

Live Artist Of The Year
Bad Rabbits
Dropkick Murphys
Kingsley Flood
Old Jack
Viva Viva

Video Of The Year
“99 Bottles”, Slaine
“Jet Black Moustache’, Wasted Talent
“Close To Me”, Gentlemen Hall
“Making Progress”, Big Digits
“School Night”, Bodega Girls

Female Vocalist Of The Year
Amanda Palmer
Casey Desmond
Jen D’Angora
Lisa Bello
Shea Rose

Male Vocalist Of The Year
Bill Janovitz
John Powhida
Louie Bello
Christian McNeill
Will Dailey

Americana Artist Of The Year
Eilen Jewell
Bow Thayer and Perfect Trainwreck
Coyote Kolb
Girls Guns and Glory
Session Americana

Blues Artist Of The Year
Delta Generators
Duke Robillard
Erin Harpe and the Delta Swingers
Johnny A.
Roomful Of Blues

DJ Artist Of The Year
Frank White
Leah V
Paul Foley

Electronic Artist Of The Year
Andre Obin
Big Digits
Stereo Telescope

Folk Artist Of The Year
Antje Duvekot
Rose Polenzani
Kris Delmhorst
Lori McKenna

Hip Hop Artist Of The Year

7L and Esoteric
Moe Pope and Rain

R&B/Soul/Urban Contemporary Artist of the Year
Bad Rabbits
New Kids On The Block
Shea Rose

International Artist Of The Year

Bloco AfroBrazil
Debo Band
Dub Apocalypse
Mamadou Diop
Zili Misik

Gospel/Inspirational Artist Of The Year

Bobby Perry and RAIN
Justin Newry
David Altenor
Berklee Reverence Gospel Choir
Renese King

Jazz Artist Of The Year
Miss Tess
Esperanza Spalding
Grace Kelly
Club d’Elf
Omar Thomas

Metal/Hardcore Artist Of The Year

Ramming Speed

Pop Rock Artist Of The Year
Gentleman Hall
Pretty and Nice
The Wandas

Punk Artist Of The Year
Dead Cats Dead Rats
Dropkick Murphys
Have Nots
Tijuana Sweetheart
Young Adults

Rock Artist Of The Year
Dirty Dishes
Viva Viva

Singer Songwriter Of The Year

Aly Spaltro (Lady Lamb the Beekeeper)
Antje Duvekot
Marissa Nadler
Mike Fiore (Faces on Film)
Rose Polenzani

Producer Of The Year – Hip Hop

Lu Balz
Matty Trump
Statik Selektah

Producer Of The Year – Rock
Adam Taylor
Benny Grotto
Dave Minehan
Ed Valauskas
Mike Denneen

Best Music Blog
Allston Pudding
Boston Band Crush
Jump The Turn Style
New England Hip Hop
Ryans Smashing Life

Best Live Music Venue
Brighton Music Hall
Club Passim
Middle East

Best DJ/Dance Night
Cool Ranch at Middlesex
Fresh Produce at Good Life
Make It New at Middlesex
Soulelujah! at ZuZu
The Pill at Great Scott

Best Live Ongoing Residency
Dub Apocalypse at Bull McCabe’s
Session Americana at Lizard Lounge
The White Owls at To
The Whitehaus Family Record in Jamaica Plain
Tim Gearan Band at Atwood’s Tavern

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