New England Music Awards reveal 2014 nominees

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Organizers for the New England Music Awards have revealed the set of nominees for this year’s awards. Now in its third year, the ceremony will be held at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium on Saturday, February 22. Leading the way with three nominations each are Rhode Island rockers Deer Tick and Maine rapper Spose.

Deer Tick earned nominations in the Band of the Year, Album of the Year (for Negativity) and Song of the Year (“The Dream’s in the Ditch”) categories, while Spose was nominated in the Album of the Year (for Dankonia), Song of the Year (for “All R’s”) and Hip Hop Act of the Year categories. Also nominated in the Band of the Year category was Della Mae, Gentlemen Hall, Kingsley Flood and The Mallett Brothers Band. Joining Deer Tick and Spose in the Album of the Year category is Erika Van Pelt (for My Independence), Kingsley Flood for (for Battles) and The Mallett Brothers Band (for Land).

Anna Lombard, Erika Van Pelt, Gentlemen Hall, Kingsley Flood, Love in Stockholm, Sarah Blacker and The Mallett Brothers Band each received two nominations. In total, the New England Music Awards will honor artists in 23 categories. The complete list of nominees is available below.

Selecting the New England Music Awards (NEMA) winners is a three-stage process. Bands are first invited to nominate themselves through the event’s website, as well as Sonicbids and ReverbNation. After the submission process, the nominations are determined by a nominating committee comprised of journalists, radio personalities, talent buyers, and record label executives collectively representing all six New England states. Voting is now open to the public to help determine the winners. Fans can vote on the event’s website through the January 31. According to the NEMA organizers, the nominating committee will help settle any ties.

NEMA has also teamed up with the non-profit organization Pavoh for the RADAR (Rising Artist Detection and Recognition) award, which will honor a New England band comprised of members under the age of 21.

Awards will be presented in all categories by guest award presenters between performances by nominees Dressed for the Occasion, Haley Sabella, Josh Logan, Nemes, Sarah Borrello, The Mallett Brothers Band and Will Dailey. Comedian Steve Sweeney will emcee the evening’s festivities which will also include a special performance by Lowell’s Riverhawk Party Band. Tickets for the event are available through the venue’s box office and website for $10.

This year, the New England Music Awards will expand to a weekend full of activities, beginning on Friday, February 21. Along with the award ceremony, NEMA will host several concerts as well as an free artist conference featuring guest speakers, panel discussions and more.

While NEMA avoided the controversy that the Boston Music Awards has experienced in the past for nominating major artists like Aerosmith and the Dropkick Murphys, members and fans of the local music scene have discussed NEMA’s independence. NEMA’s executive team features executives from Massachusetts-based Big Crush Records (BCR). ┬áPer the company’s website (as of January 23), BCR’s roster includes eight artists: five of which will perform as part of NEMA’s weekend series of live performances, including three at the ceremony itself. Additionally, six BCR artists received NEMA nominations (seven nominations total) including two for individual best in state awards.**

**Editor’s Note – January 25: Big Crush Records (BCR) has since informed BMS they recently ended their relationships with two of the artists included in the report above, both of whom are NEMA nominated artists that are scheduled to perform at NEMA festivities.

2014 New England Music Awards Nominees
Band of the Year
Deer Tick
Della Mae
Gentlemen Hall
Kingsley Flood
The Mallett Brothers Band
Album of the Year
Deer Tick: Negitivity
Erika Van Pelt: My Independence
Kingsley Flood: Battles
Spose: Dankonia
The Mallett Brothers Band: Land
Song of the Year
Deer Tick: “The Dream’s in the Ditch”
Gentlemen Hall: “Sail into the Sun”
Love in Stockholm: “Drugstore Animal”
Sarah Blacker: “Shiver”
Spose: “All R’s”
New Act of the Year
Daemon Chili
Francesca Blanchard
Hayley Sabella
Sarah Barrios
Live Act of the Year
Coyote Kolb
Echo and Drake
Frank Viele
North of Nashville
Best in State: Connecticut
Violent Mae
Jennifer Hill and Co.
Little Ugly
Porcelain Clocks
Elison Jackson
Best in State: Maine
The Band Apollo
The Veayo Twins
The Ghost of Paul Revere
The Other Bones
Monumental Drive
Best in State: Massachusetts
You Won’t
The Field Effect
Tall Heights
Bad Rabbits

Best in State: New Hampshire
Gone for Days
Tan Vampires
Black Eskimo
Aldous Collins Band
Dressed for the Occasion

Best in State: Rhode Island
Santa Mamba
Last One Out
Conseulo’s Revenge
The Low Anthem
Satellites Fall

Best In State: Vermont
The Pilgrims
Dwight & Nicole
Waylon Speed
The DuPont Brothers

Female Performer of the Year
Anna Lombard
Daphne Lee Martin
Heather Maloney
Lori McKenna
Marina Evans

Male Performer of the Year
Connor Garvey
Jesse Dee
Josh Logan
Tracy Walton
Will Dailey

Songwriter of the Year
Amy Allen
Anna Lombard
Chris Ross
Kate Callahan
Sarah Blacker

Americana/Roots Act of the Year
Dusty Gray Band
Hayley Jane and the Primates
Hilton Park
Joe Fletcher and the Wrong Reason
Old Soul

Blues Act of the Year
Erin Harpe and the Delta Swingers
Gracie Curran and the High Falutin Band
Jeff Pitchell and Texas Flood
Poke Chop and the Other White Meats
Sugar Ray and the Bluetones

Country Act of the Year
AJ Jansen
Ashley Jordan
Katie Perkins
Sharon Buck
The Shana Stack Band

Hard Rock/Metal Act of the Year
A Simple Complex
Leaving Eden
Mellow Bravo
Mindset X

Hip Hop Act of the Year
Joey Batts & Them
Moe Pope & Rain
Young Kaii

Indie/Pop Act of the Year
Coke Weed
Dan and the Wildfire
Erika Van Pelt

Jazz Act of the Year
Isaac Young Quartet
President Soup
Revolutionary Snake Ensemble

Rock Act of the Year
Love in Stockholm
Sarah Borrello
Sparks the Rescue
The Gang of Thieves
Ula Ruth

Producer of the Year
Adam Jensen
Brian Coombes
Floyd Kellogg
Jason Dunn
Nick Tirrell

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