Here is the full list of nominees

The Boston Music Awards The 2022 ballot is out, and it’s a doozy. But first, a few details: This year’s BMA party takes place on December 14 at Big Night Live, making the jump to North Station’s larger venue after a few years at the more intimate Brighton Music Hall in Allston. There, the winners will be announced alongside a host of guest artists, who we assume will be revealed in the coming weeks. In the meantime, here’s who scored a nomination in this year’s ballot – the most BMAs ever, in our opinion, with 10 nominees in 41 categories, including some new ones like Reggae/Ska Artist of the Year and Spoken Word Artist of the Year.

In the most prestigious categories, BIA, Boy Harsher (pictured), Millyz, Token and Van Buren picked up multiple nominations, and this Alternative/Indie Artist of the Year category is absolutely stacked top to bottom. Hell, every category feels pretty packed this year.

On the home front, we are honored that Vanyaland marked a 10th consecutive nomination for Music Publication of the Year, and our own Editor-in-Chief Michael O’Connor Marotta and Music Editor, Boston Victoria Wasylak were both nominated for Music Writer of the year for the fifth time in a row, since the category’s inception (former contributors Candace McDuffie and Rob Duguay also scored names).

Always important to note: Since 2015, BMAs have been owned and operated by our parent company Redefined, but nominees are assembled through an independent nominating committee of several hundred members within the Boston music community (writers , bookers, tastemakers, etc.), and the winners are decided by public vote. So don’t @ us.

Voting is now open by bostonmusicawards.com/vote.

Voting for the 2022 Boston Music Awards

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

BIA
tougher boy
Charlotte Sands
Converge
Cousin Stizz
Ezra Furman
Diving in the street of the lake
Millyz
Token
Van Buren files


NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Alisa Amador
CHILD
Dinosaur Gala
Eph See
go222prison
HAAWWS
kei
little noise
STEFAN THEV
winkler


ALBUM/EP OF THE YEAR (over a million streams)

Boy Harsher – “The Runner (Soundtrack)”
Cave In – “Heavy Pendulum”
Charlotte Sands – “Love and Other Lies”
Convergence: “Bloodmoon: I”
Cousin Stizz – “Just for You”
Ezra Furman – “We’re All Flames”
Lake Street Drive – “Fun Machine: The Sequel”
Millyz – “Blanco 5”
Great peaks – “Juniors”
Token – “Pink is better”


ALBUM/EP OF THE YEAR

CHYLD – “Be Patient”
Eph See – “g*rlhood”
GA-20 – “Repression”
Hush Club – “Fingerprints and Smudges”
Kal Marks – “My Name is Hell”
Lady Pills – “What I Want”
Mint Green – “All the Girls Go to Heaven”
Rat Tally – “In My Car”
The Q-Tip Bandits – “Wistful Flowers”
Van Buren Records – “DSM”


SONG OF THE YEAR (over a million streams)

BIA – “LONDON ft J. Cole”
Charlotte Sands – “Dress”
Cousin Stizz – “Blessings”
Joyner Lucas – “You’re Not Crazy”
Lake Street Diving – “Nick Of Time”
Millyz – “Love/Hate ft Gio Dee”
PVRIS – “My Way”
Ripe – “Settling Down”
Rare occasions – “Notion”
Vundabar – “Time”


SONG OF THE YEAR

Dino Gala – “British”
Layzi – “Ego”
Rat Tally – “Spinning Wheel”
Rilla Force – “Feel”
shallow pools – “everything is fine”
Squirell Flower – “your love is a disaster”
The Elovaters – “Give Me Love”
The Q-Tip Bandits – “Daisy”
Van Buren Records – “FAULT”
Winkler – “Mona”


VIDEO OF THE YEAR

BIA – “LONDON ft. J. Cole”
Tougher Boy – “Machina Ft. Ms. BOAN – Mariana Saldaña”
Cousin Stizz – “Blessings”
Ezra Furman – “Forever at Sunset”
House of Harm – “Feel My Heart Beating”
Maeko – “Cool pt. 1”
Millyz – “Closure”
Padma – “I’m so cool”
Token – “Boom ft. JID”
Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys – “GOTH BEACH”


LIVE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Clairo
Cousin Stizz
Dalton and the Sheriffs
Dinosaur Jr.
Diving in the street of the lake
Ompa
Wall
squirrel flower
The Q-Tip Bandits
Van Buren files


ALT/INDIE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Born without bones
divine sweater
Ezra Furman
future teens
lady pills
squirrel flower
Rare occasions
Valleecoeur
Vundabar
weakened friends


AMERICAN ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Amanda Adams
Ash and Eric
autumn trough
Erica Manton
Jake Swamp and the Pine
Jessye DeSilva
Gang of One by Lenny Lashley
American session
The Wolff sisters
town meeting


BLUES ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Ali McGuirk
Anthony Geraci
Danielle Miraglia
GA-20
Julie Rhodes
Pierre Park
Sonya Rae Taylor
Tedeschi truck band
tramps of tokyo
Veronique Lewis


COUNTRY ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Annie Brobst
Chris Moreno
Chris Ruediger
Dalton and the Sheriffs
Elisa Smith
Lauren Weintraub
Matt York
Monique Rizzio
Scarlett Walk
Ward Hayden and the Outliers


DANCE/ELECTRONIC ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Amadeezy
tougher boy
Casey Desmond
freezepop
house of evil
light foot
Strength Rilla
naughty lady
Snow
Steve Darko


DJ OF THE YEAR

Baby Indiglo
DJ knife
DJ Papadon
DJ Real P
Dj Sisko
DJ Slick Vick
DJ Snax
DJ Stamz
DJ Towfu
Super Smash Broz


FOLK ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Alisa Amador
Anjimile
Darlingside
Heather Maloney
Honeysuckle
silent club
Izzy Heltai
jesus the dinosaur
High heights
The Ballroom Thieves


HIP-HOP ARTIST OF THE YEAR

BIA
Cousin Stizz
Gio Dee
Joyner Lucas
Millyz
Neemz
Ompa
Termanology
Token
Van Buren files


JAZZ ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Elf Club
Sofa
Grace Kelly
jerry bergonzi
Diving in the street of the lake
Makaya McCraven
Really of
Terri Lyne Carrington
Trio by Tim Carman
we broke time


LATIN ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Carlos Odria
Elion Virtuoso
Fabiola Mendez
Manolo Mairena
Francois Nino
partywithrami
Sonn de mi Tierra
Veronique Robles
Elena Rodriguez
Zayra Pola


METAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR

babychaos
blood lightning
collapse
Converge
Elder
Karate Steve
Officer X
Revocation
SEA
Vaulted


POP ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Charlotte Sands
Clairo
Justin Clancy
Layzi
PVRIS
Wall
shallow pools
The Q-Tip Bandits
yavin
Zola Simone


PUNK/HARDCORE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Actor|Observer
Already dead
Babies
Big D and the children’s table
crescent crest
Duck and Blanket
Owners
Linnea’s garden
Reconstructor
The Chelsea Curve


R&B ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Shields of Cyrus
Destiny Claymore
Eph See
Eva Rawlings
Khamari
l.ucas
MyCompiledThoughts
Notebook P
Raiche
Timi O


REGGAE/SKA ARTIST OF THE YEAR

buddahfly
twisted coast
dub apocalypse
Greg Roy
long arm rex
powerful mystic
Naya Rockers
Roots of Creation
Soul Rebel Project
The Elovaters


ROCK ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Aaron and the Lord
Dutch tulips
Kal Brands
Sinister purple flowers
Green mint
paper tigers
Pile
Wolves of Salem
The Devil’s Twins
We demand parachutes


SINGER-WRITER OF THE YEAR

Anjimile
Chris Walton
Grace Giverz
Jill McCracken
Liz Bills and change
Maeko
Naomi Westwater
Foolish optimism
Susan Cattaneo
Conservative Money


SPOKEN WORD ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Amanda Shae
Ashley Rose
Dr Ruff
Durane West
Dzidzor
Gibson board
Porsha Olayiwola
Tim Hall
Toni Bee
Tony Brown


VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

Aaron Perrino (Aaron and the Lord)
Ali McGuirk
Alisa Amador
Erica Manton
Gray Bouchard (Salem Wolves)
Rachael Price (Lake Street Diving)
Robbie Wulfsohn (mature)
Tema Siegel (Sofa)
Tyler Gaccione (Gatch)
Ward Hayden (Ward Hayden and the Outliers)


SESSION MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR

Chris Anzalone
chuck ferreira
Cody Nilsen
Dave Brophy
Ed Valauskas
Joe McMahon
Jonathan Ulman
Magen Tracy
Sam Checkoway
Tim Hall


LIVE MUSIC VENUE OF THE YEAR (1000+)

Big live night
Wang Theater of the Boch Center
Fenway Park
House of Blues
Leader Bank Pavilion
MGM Music Hall
Roadrunner
royal
TD Garden
The Palladium


LIVE MUSIC VENUE OF THE YEAR (250+)

Brighton Music Hall
Boston City Vineyard
crystal ballroom
middle east bottom
heavenly rock club
royal
Shalin Liu
Sonia
Sound check studios
The Sinclair


LIVE MUSIC VENUE OF THE YEAR (UNDER 250)

Atwoods Tavern
Club Passim
faces
Nenuphar
Half way cafe
Pub O’Brien
The Burren
The jungle
The Rockwell
Toad


MUSIC PROMOTER OF THE YEAR

24 Hours Concerts
Big night entertainment
Bowery Boston Presents
Carrefour presents
Get2TheGig Boston
Gray Skull Reservation
Illegally blind
Leedz Edutainment
Demonstration Marketing
Vasjan presents


TALENT BUYER OF THE YEAR

Aaron Gray
Alex Pickert
Alex Rossiter
Blake Pantalena
Dustin Labbe
Heather Timmons
Josh Bhatti
Josh Smith
Justine Faucher
Ryan Agate


PRODUCTION DIRECTOR/LIVE ENGINEER OF THE YEAR

Brittany Sirois
Chris Johnson
Dana Fillion
Jared Kennen
jesse vengrove
Johnny Dalton
Josh Sessler
Joyce in
mike green
Reid Calkin


RECORDING STUDIO OF THE YEAR

Productions 37′
Cybersound
GodCity Studio
Henley Row Studios
Mad Oak Studios
New Audio Alliance
Phoenix recording down
The Sound & Stage Bridge
The Record Company.
Woolly Mammoth Sound


STUDIO PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

Benny Cave
Dan Nicklin
David Minehan
Ethan Haze (Haze)
Janos Fulop (The Arcitype)
Jarvis Adams Jr. (Jah Da God)
Jon Glass
Nick Papz
Sean McLaughlin
Tashim Zene Jr. (IamTash)


MUSIC RELEASE OF THE YEAR

Allston Pudding
Boston compass
Boston hassle
DiggingBoston
If it’s too strong
Pete music box
Boston sound
THE WBUR ARTery
MUSEUM television
Vanyaland


MUSIC JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Amelie Mason
Candace McDuffie
Dillon Riley
Harry Gustafson
Jed Gottlieb
Michael O’Connor Marotta
Noah Schaffer
Rob Duguay
Victoria Wasilak
Victor Infant


LIVE MUSIC PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

Adam Parshall
Angel “Hal” Ocasio
Ben Stas
Brent Goldman
Queen of roses from Brittany
Corwin Wickerham
Emily Gardner
Greg Wang
Marika Belamarich
Spears of Omari


MUSIC VIDEOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

Ben Proulx
Caroline Bailey
Colin Pagnoli
Connor Lenihan
Dom “Tanj” Bruno
Jay Hunt
Jimmy Del Ponte
Reko Lauren
Scott Sandonato
Yazi Ferrufino


MUSICAL PODCAST/RADIO SHOW OF THE YEAR

Allston Pudding presents the Puddcast
Boston Shows with Angelle Wood
Radio CWTFB
Everything You Know Is Wrong About Salem State WMWM
Radio LFOD
Thirst for Life: Boston
In Town with Mikey Dee on WMFO
Original Music Showcase on Mark Skin Radio
Show & Tell Boston Podcast
The Struggling Artist Podcast with Trev Allen