The Boston Music Awards is gearing up to celebrate its 25th anniversary Dec. 2 at the Liberty Hotel, announcing this year's list of nominees today and opening voting on the show's website.
As usual, the nominations are a mix of fresh local talent, veterans of the Boston scene, and established national acts with ties to the region. Mean Creek, a rising group of locals who blogged about touring with Counting Crows for Boston.com this spring, is stacked next to big-name national artists like former Dresden Dolls leader Amanda Palmer, ex-Berklee duo Karmin, and post-punk favorites Mission of Burma in the show's top two categories, artist of the year and album of the year. The band scored a show-high three total nominations along with each of the other nominees for artist of the year -- Palmer, Karmin, David Wax Museum, and Debo Band -- and fellow album of the year and video of the year nominee Gem Club.
Voting runs through Nov. 19 and a performance lineup for the show is set to be announced Nov. 7. General admission tickets for this year's event are $25 and available online.
To get a sample of this year's talent, check out Gem Club's video of the year-nominated "252" below.
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