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New England Music Awards

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New England Music Awards
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The New England Music Awards are an annual award show. Bands and artists from the New England region of the United States are eligible for receipt of the awards.

Nomination process[edit]

Recipients are selected through their recordings, appearances and reputation.[1] The awards were created by music promoter Joe Graham and Sugarpop Records label executive Dennis Hennessey in 2011, and the first ceremony occurred in 2012.[2] The nominating committee consists of music journalists, radio personalities, record label executives and talent scouts.[3] Event coordinator Mike Flynn says "when you take New England as a whole and look at all the amazing music and talent that's out there, it's mind blowing," adding "putting that talent together under one roof also helps some artists get recognition that they might not have had before."[2]

History[edit]

2012 awards[edit]

Grace Potter in 2012.

The inaugural 2012 New England Music Awards were held at Boston Hard Rock Cafe, on 9 March 2012.[2]

  • Band of the Year – Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
  • Album of the Year – Ragtop Angel by the Adam Ezra Group
  • Song of the Year – "Takin Off" by the Adam Ezra Group
  • Producer of the Year – Aaron Johnson
  • Songwriter of the Year – Martin Sexton
  • New Act of the Year – Suicide Dolls
  • Female Performer of the Year – Liz Longley
  • Male Performer of the Year – Chris Trapper

2013 awards[edit]

Lowell Memorial Auditorium, site of the 2013 and 2014 ceremonies.

The 2013 New England Music Awards were held at Lowell Memorial Auditorium. The event was moved to accommodate all ages and an anticipated larger crowd.[2]

  • Band of the Year – The Adam Ezra Group
  • Album of the Year – NORDO by Air Traffic Controller
  • Song of the Year – "Yeah Man" by Ryan Montbleau
  • Producer of the Year – Sean McLaughlin
  • Songwriter of the Year – Matt Nathanson
  • New Act of the Year – Sarah Borello
  • Female Performer of the Year – Sarah Blacker
  • Male Performer of the Year – Chris Trapper

2014 awards[edit]

The 2014 New England Music Awards were held at Lowell Memorial Auditorium, on 22 February 2014. The ceremony began at 7 P.M., and coincided with the Lowell Winterfest.[4][5] It was hosted by comedian Steve Sweeney, with performances by Nemes, the Mallett Brothers, Hayley Sabella, Dressed for the Occasion and Sarah Borrello.[6][4]

  • Band of the Year – The Mallett Brothers Band
  • Album of the Year – Land by the Mallett Brothers Band
  • Song of the Year – "The Dreams in the Ditch" by Deer Tick
  • Producer of the Year – Nick Tirrell
  • Songwriter of the Year – Chris Ross
  • New Act of the Year – Sarah Barrios
  • Female Performer of the Year – Lori McKenna
  • Male Performer of the Year – Josh Logan

2015 awards[edit]

The 2015 New England Music Awards were held at Showcase Live, on 18 April 2015.[7] Boston Comedy Festival winner David Russo hosted the event, and the live performers were We Were Astronauts, Amy & the Engine, Pat & the Hats, the Willie J. Laws Band, Ben Knight and Sarah Barrios.[8]

  • Band of the Year – The Shana Stack Band
  • Album of the Year – National Throat by Will Dailey
  • Song of the Year – "Sunken Ship" by Will Dailey
  • Producer of the Year – Brian Coombes
  • Songwriter of the Year – Ellison Jackson
  • New Act of the Year – West End Blend
  • Female Performer of the Year – Anna Lombard
  • Male Performer of the Year – Dan Blakeslee

2016 awards[edit]

The 2016 New England Music Awards were held at Blue Ocean Music Hall. The ceremony began at 7:30 P.M.[3]

  • Band of the Year – Dwight & Nicole
  • Album of the Year – Fall Your Way by Frank Viele
  • Song of the Year – "Let Your Hair Down" by Adam Ezra Group
  • Producer of the Year – Vic Steffens
  • Songwriter of the Year – Daphne Lee Martin
  • New Act of the Year – Hunter
  • Female Performer of the Year – Ruby Rose Fox
  • Male Performer of the Year – Frank Viele

2017 awards[edit]

The 2017 New England Music Awards were held at Showcase Live, on 29 April 2017. Bands that performed were Cold Engines, Sygnal to Path and the Balkun Brothers, and the event closed with a tribute to Prince by the band Love Sexy.[9]

  • Band of the Year – Roots of Creation
  • Album of the Year – Domestic by Ruby Rose Fox
  • Song of the Year – "The Mystic" by Adam Jensen
  • Producer of the Year – Jonathan Wyman
  • Songwriter of the Year – Julia Russo
  • New Act of the Year – Gracie Day
  • Female Performer of the Year – Annie Brobst
  • Male Performer of the Year – Jay Psaros

2018 awards[edit]

The 2018 New England Music Awards were held at Mixx 360, on 8 September 2018.

  • Band of the Year – Ruby Rose Fox
  • Album of the Year – Salt by Ruby Rose Fox
  • Song of the Year – "Change of Heart" by Annie Brobst
  • Producer of the Year – Sean McLaughlin
  • Live Act of the Year – Flight of Fire
  • New Act of the Year – Lyssa Coulter
  • Songwriter of the Year – Frank Viele
  • Male Performer of the Year – Munk Duane
  • Female Performer of the Year – Christa Gniadek
  • Rock Act of the Year – Analog Heart
  • Pop Act of the Year – Ripe
  • Hip Hop Act of the Year – Jazzmyn RED
  • Country Act of the Year – Scarlett Drive
  • Roots Act of the Year – Soggy Po Boys
  • Hard Rock / Metal Act of the Year – FirstBourne
  • Blues Act of the Year – Julie Rhodes
  • Jazz Act of the Year – Gretchen & The Pickpockets
  • Soul / R&B Act of the Year – Aubrey Haddard
  • Best in State Massachusetts – Savasha
  • Best in State New Hampshire – Katie Dobbins
  • Best in State Vermont – Gang of Thieves
  • Best in State Rhode Island – The Furies
  • Best in State Maine – Emily and Jake
  • Best in State Connecticut – Gracie Day
  • Video of the Year – "After Party" by Air Traffic Controller, written and directed by Michael Parks Randa
  • Video of the Year – "Freedom Fighter" by Ruby Rose Fox, directed by Ben Phillippo

References[edit]

Citations
Bibliography
  • Boston Globe Staff (4 January 2014), "What to do with kids in winter", Boston Globe, retrieved 19 February 2019
  • The Deli Staff (21 February 2014), "New England Music Awards this Saturday in Lowell", The Deli, retrieved 19 February 2019
  • Hannan, Ed (18 February 2015), "NEMA taps into local favorites", The Sun, retrieved 19 February 2019
  • Howl Staff (2016), "Live & Local: New England Music Awards", Howl, retrieved 19 February 2019
  • Live Music News & Review Staff (30 April 2017), "Winners Announced New England Music Awards", Live Music News & Review, retrieved 19 February 2019
  • McCarthy, Gail (20 February 2014), "Local musicians up for New England awards", Gloucester Daily Times, retrieved 19 February 2019
  • Nachbar, Amy (23 February 2015), "The 2015 NE Music awards nominees for best band", AXS, retrieved 19 February 2019
  • Nachbar, Amy (28 March 2016), "The New England Music Awards 2016", AXS, retrieved 18 February 2019
  • Pisani, J. (2 March 2017), "Kingswood Oxford Student's Band Nominated "Best New Act" in New England", Hartford Courant, retrieved 18 February 2019

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