Will Dailey, Bad Rabbits, Hallelujah The Hills, and Lake Street Dive were the big winners, each taking home a pair of BMAs. Singer-songwriter Dailey took home Artist of the Year and Album of the Year on the strength of August’s National Throat, a record that followed his division to break up with major labels and take full control of his career.
Post-R&B brigade Bad Rabbits — last year’s top artist and best r&b/pop group — took home Live Artist Of The Year and Pop/R&B Artist of the Year; indie rock dudes Hallelujah The Hills earned Rock Artist of the Year and Video Of The Year; and Boston-born NPR darlings Lake Street Dive won Song Of The Year (for “Bad Self Portraits”) and Jazz Artist Of The Year, which they also won last year.
Longtime T.T. The Bear’s Place booking agent Randi Millman, who has recently turned Atwood’s Tavern in Cambridge into a well-respected live music venue, was honored as Unsung Hero. Harvard Square’s The Sinclair won for Best Live Music Venue for the second straight year.
Other notable winners include When Particles Collide as New Artist Of The Year, Dutch ReBelle as Hip/Hop Artist of the Year, and Converge as Metal/Hardcore Artist of the Year.
Los Rumberos De Boston, who this year performed at both our SXSW party in Austin and CMJ showcase in New York City, took home International Artist of the Year for the second straight year.
Allston Pudding won for Best Music Blog, a category we were nominated in (and won last year), giving the website its third such distinction in the past four years.
Here’s the full list of the 2014 Boston Music Awards winners