Cousin Stizz, Clairo win big at the 2019 Boston Music Awards

Jefe Replay, by John Hutchings for Vanyaland

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

617 Sessions Artist of the Year: House of Harm