The Boston Music Awards were handed out last night at the Orpheum Theatre in a two and a half hour ceremony that found metal bands mingling with power popsters and scene veterans rubbing elbows with hot upstarts.
It may not be the Grammys but the BMAs have grit and heart and both were on display last night in the dozen performances and off the cuff acceptance speeches.
The returns of Bobby Brown- who watched the Berklee City Music All-Stars perform a medley of his hits before coming on to sing "Roni"- and Extreme were well-received and writer-director-actor Christopher Guest (Spinal Tap's "Nigel Tufnel") got as warm a greeting as any of the musicians when he came on to introduce the special honor being bestowed on Aerosmith bassist, and cancer survivor, Tom Hamilton.
Hamilton also got off the best quip of the night. Observing the theatre where he reunited with his bandmates in 1984 he said "it feels like another room in my house, only smaller."
And the winners are...
Act of the Year
Album of the Year (Indie)
Martin Sexton – "Seeds"
Album of the Year (Major)
Lori McKenna – "Unglamorous"
Best New Act of the Year
Local Female Vocalist of the Year
Local Male Vocalist of the Year
Local Producer of the Year
Local Song of the Year
Bang Camaro – "Pleasure Pleasure"
National Female Vocalist of the Year
National Male Vocalist of the Year
Outstanding Americana Act of the Year
Girls Guns & Glory
Outstanding Blues/Soul Act of the Year
Eli "Paperboy" Reed
Outstanding DJ/Dance Act of the Year
Outstanding Folk Act of the Year
Outstanding Funk/Jam Band of the Year
Outstanding Jazz Act of the Year
Outstanding Live Act of the Year
Outstanding Metal/Hardcore Band of the Year
Outstanding Pop Act of the Year
The Click Five
Outstanding Punk Band of the Year
Outstanding Rap/Hip-Hop Act of the Year
Outstanding Rock Band of the Year
Outstanding Singer/Songwriter of the Year
Outstanding World Music Act of the Year
Song of the Year
"The Great Escape" – Boys Like Girls
Hall of Fame Inductees
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