Further proof that this city has no allegiance to a particular sound, this year's Boston Music Awards recognized the breadth of homegrown talent. The winners were announced late Wednesday at the Sinclair in Cambridge, during the first of two consecutive nights of celebration.
Speedy Ortiz, the indie-rock band that formed in western Massachusetts before spending time here, cleaned up in the top three categories, including artist, album/EP ("Foil Deer"), and song of the year ("Raising the Skate"). They also won for best charitable effort for donating net proceeds from their latest tour to the Girls Rock Camp Foundation.
Evan Dando, the stalwart rocker beloved since his days with the Lemonheads, was honored as a Hall of Fame inductee. Bolstered by an excellent debut, this year's "Dry Food," Palehound, the project of Allston resident Ellen Kempner, won the award for new artist of the year.
Ruby Rose Fox, the pop-soul dynamo who's on the rise and in the studio recording her first full-length album, won for pop artist and female vocalist of the year. In somewhat of a head-scratcher, pop sensations Lake Street Dive were nominated for jazz artist of the year – and won.
Tigerman WOAH, the hair-parting punk-Americana group, picked up the trophy for live artist of the year. And Michael Christmas, living up to the hype generated by his new album, "What a Weird Day," won for hip-hop artist.
Based on choices determined by a newly expanded nominating committee, winners were chosen through an online vote open to the public.
The BMAs continue Thursday night at the Sinclair – which, by the way, won for best live venue – with a headlining set from Dando. Tickets are $25 through www.ticketmaster.com.
The full list of winners includes. . .
2015 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE: Evan Dando
ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Speedy Ortiz
ALBUM/EP OF THE YEAR: Speedy Ortiz, "Foil Deer"
SONG OF THE YEAR: Speedy Ortiz, "Raising the Skate"
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Palehound
LIVE ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Tigerman WOAH
ROCK/INDIE ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Dirty Bangs
HIP-HOP ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Michael Christmas
POP ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Ruby Rose Fox
R&B ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Bad Rabbits
AMERICANA ARTIST OF THE YEAR: The Ballroom Thieves
BLUES ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Barrence Whitfield & the Savages
DJ/PRODUCER OF THE YEAR: Frank White
ELECTRONIC ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Bearstronaut
FOLK ARTIST OF THE YEAR: The Ballroom Thieves
INTERNATIONAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Shun Ng
JAZZ ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Lake Street Dive
METAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Worshipper
PUNK/HARDCORE ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Zip-Tie Handcuffs
SINGER-SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR: Abbie Barrett
FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR: Ruby Rose Fox
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR: Will Daley
STUDIO PRODUCER OF THE YEAR: Ed Valauskas
VIDEO OF THE YEAR: Petty Morals, "Just a Game"
BEST DANCE NIGHT: Soulelujah at Zuzu
BEST LIVE MUSIC VENUE: The Sinclair
BEST LIVE ONGOING RESIDENCY: The Blue Ribbons at Toad
BEST MUSIC BLOG: Vanyaland
BEST LOCAL PROMOTER: Bowery Presents Boston
BEST LIVE MUSIC PHOTOGRAPHER: Michael Sparks Keegan
BEST BRAND COLLABORATION: Dirty Bangs/Wrangler Television Spot
BEST CHARITABLE EFFORT: Speedy Ortiz/Girls Rock Camp Foundation
UNSUNG HERO AWARD: Chip Rives