The 2019 Boston Music Awards are currently going down with a bang at The House of Blues, courtesy of a rousing closing set from Brockton hip-hop collective Van Buren, but the list of winners has emerged.
Leading a diverse field of 2019 BMA recipients are Dorchester rapper Cousin Stizz (Artist of the Year, Video of the Year for “Trying To Find My Next Thrill”, and Hip-Hop Artist of the Year) and Carlisle alt-pop phenom Clairo (Album of the Year for Immunity, and Pop Artist of the Year). Beyond that duo, no other band or artist took home more than a single award across nearly 40 categories.
In the media categories, Vanyaland was named Music Publication of the Year for the sixth time in seven years, and our Music Editor, Boston, Victoria Wasylak, was named Music Journalist of the Year. Vanyaland contributor Emily Gardner secured Live Music Photographer of the Year honors for the second straight year.
The BMA’s awards ceremony Wednesday night (December 11) was a fast-paced, rapid fire affair that saw a handful of guest presentations and 10 live performances that represented a new guard of Boston music. Highlights included 617 Sessions Artist of the Year winners House of Harm delivering a thunderous post-punk set early on; Alt-Indie Artist of the Year recipients Future Teens dropping a slowed down, emo-inspired cover of Smash Mouth’s “All-Star” with help from members of Weakened Friends, Lady Pills, and Hawthorn; and Unsigned Artist of the Year winner Jefe Replay hustling out a tireless set that showed why hip-hop has taken over the city’s music scene.
A mid-ceremony tribute to the late Ric Ocasek featured touching recollections by David Bieber of the David Bieber Archives, and Eddie Japan performing the music of The Cars with keyboardist Greg Hawkes.
It was a pretty fun night all around. Check out the full list of winners below.
Artist of the Year: Cousin Stizz
Album of the Year: Clairo – Immunity
Song of the Year: STL GLD, “The New Normal Pt. I”
Live Artist of the Year: Oompa
New Artist of the Year: Lord Felix
Unsigned Artist of the Year: Jefe Replay
Video of the Year: Cousin Stizz, “Trying To Find My Next Thrill”
Vocalist of the Year: Julie Rhodes
Alt/Indie Artist of the Year: Future Teens
Americana Artist of the Year: Honeysuckle
Blues Artist of the Year: GA-20
Country Artist of the Year: Ward Hayden & The Outliers
Dance / Electronic Artist of the Year: Lightfoot
DJ of the Year: DJ Real P
Folk Artist of the Year: The Ballroom Thieves
Hip Hop Artist of the Year: Cousin Stizz
International Artist of the Year: Soul Rebel Project
Jazz Artist of the Year: Yoko Miwa Trio
Metal Artist of the Year: Black Mass
Pop Artist of the Year: Clairo
Punk / Hardcore Artist of the Year: SkyTigers
R&B Artist of the Year: $ean Wire
Rock Artist of the Year: Valleyheart
Singer Songwriter of the Year: Sidney Gish
Session Musician of the Year: Jonathan Ulman
Live Music Venue of the Year: House of Blues Boston
Intimate Live Music Venue of the Year: Dorchester Art Project
Recording Studio of the Year: The Bridge Sound and Stage
Studio Producer of the Year: Sean McLaughlin
Live Production Engineer of the Year: Mike Green
Live Music Residency of the Year: Soul Sessions at Darryl’s Corner Bar Kitchen with NWASoul
Music Night of the Year: Soulelujah at The Sinclair
Music Promoter of the Year: Aaron Gray
Music Publication of the Year: Vanyaland
Music Journalist of the Year: Victoria Wasylak
Music Photographer of the Year: Emily Gardner
Music Podcast of the Year: It’s Lit Boston
Radio Show of the Year: Allston Pudding Radio / WTBU 89.3FM