Spanning 36 categories and listing 10 nominees for each, this is easily the largest Boston Music Awards ballot in the franchise’s 31-year history (and fourth under the ownership of Redefined’s Paul Armstrong, who is also the publisher and co-founder of this website). The nominees are determined by ballots cast by the roughly 400 members of the BMA nominating committee, and now the bands, artists, and creatives who were selected by the “nom com” get their work put up for a public vote to determine the winner.
In terms of the ballot itself, there’s a lot going on. Clairo, Cousin Stizz, Joyner Lucas, Latrell James, Michael Christmas, Millyz, Ripe, STL GLD, The Ballroom Thieves, and Weakened Friends are all up for Artist of the Year. On the Vanyaland front, photographers Ben Stas, Cara DiFabio, and Emily Gardner are up for Live Music Photographer of the Year; editor and co-founder Michael Marotta, assistant news editor Victoria Wasylak, and Candace McDuffie are nominated for Music Journalist of the Year (a new category for 2018), and our website is nominated for Music Publication of the Year — a category updated from “Music Blog of the Year,” which Vanyaland has won via public vote four of the past five years.