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PVRIS repeats as the year’s best artist at Boston Music Awards

PVRIS won artist, song, and pop artist of the year at the BMAs.Eliot Lee Hazel

Following a whirlwind year of nonstop touring, global recognition, and the release of an acclaimed sophomore LP, Lowell-bred electropop-punk trio PVRIS pulled off a repeat victory at Thursday night’s Boston Music Awards ceremony at the House of Blues, taking home both Artist of the Year and Song of the Year for the second year in a row.

The annual awards, which were introduced in 1987 to recognize the cream of the Massachusetts crop, featured live performances from Carissa Johnson (New Artist of the Year) and Weakened Friends (Unsigned Artist of the Year).

Other big winners included hip-hop duo STL GLD, with Album of the Year for “Torch Song” and Music Video of the Year (Unsigned Artist) for “Feels Like Home”; blues powerhouse Julie Rhodes, with Americana Artist of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year; and ascendant M.C. Cousin Stizz, with Live Artist of the Year and Hip-Hop Artist of the Year. In addition to its major-category wins, PVRIS walked away with another trophy, for Pop Artist of the Year.

Notably, this year’s live-music photographer honor — awarded to Natasha Moustache — was officially renamed the “Eddy Leiva Music Photographer of the Year” award, in memory of the Vanyaland photographer who died at 35 last month.


Here is the full list of the winners:

Artist of the Year: PVRIS

New Artist of the Year: Carissa Johnson

Unsigned Artist of the Year: Weakened Friends

Album of the Year: STL GLD, “Torch Song”

Song of the Year: PVRIS, “Heaven”

Music Video of the Year: Joyner Lucas, “Just Like You”

Music Video of the Year (Unsigned Artist): STL GLD feat. Dutch ReBelle, Tigerman WOAH, Julie Rhodes, “Feels Like Home”

Live Artist of the Year: Cousin Stizz

Alternative/Indie Artist of the Year: Palehound

Americana Artist of the Year: Julie Rhodes

Blues Artist of the Year: The Silks


Country Artist of the Year: Ashley Jordan

DJ of the Year: SuperSmashBroz

Electronic Artist of the Year: Bearstronaut

Folk Artist of the Year: The Ballroom Thieves

Hip-Hop Artist of the Year: Cousin Stizz

International Artist of the Year: Dub Apocalypse

Jazz Artist of the Year: Esperanza Spalding

Metal Artist of the Year: Converge

Pop Artist of the Year: PVRIS

Punk/Hardcore Artist of the Year: Nice Guys

R&B Artist of the Year: Bad Rabbits

Rock Artist of the Year: Animal Flag

Singer-Songwriter of the Year: Ruby Rose Fox

Female Vocalist of the Year: Julie Rhodes

Male Vocalist of the Year: Fredua Boakye (Bad Rabbits)

Session Musician of the Year: Jonathan Ulman

Live Production Engineer of the Year: Brendon Downey

Studio Producer of the Year: Janos Fulop (The Arcitype)

The Eddy Leiva Music Photographer of the Year: Natasha Moustache

Music Promoter of the Year: Jason Trefts, Illegally Blind

Live Music Venue of the Year: The Sinclair

Intimate Live Music Venue of the Year: Lizard Lounge

Music Night of the Year: Emo Night at The Sinclair

Live Ongoing Residency of the Year: Downbeat Mondays at The Sinclair with Matthew Stubbs and the Antiguas

Music Blog of the Year: Vanyaland

617Session Winner: no hope/no harm

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