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Boston Music Awards 2013 brings power-packed performances

When members from all pockets of the local music community gather for the annual Boston Music Awards, as they did Sunday night at the Liberty Hotel, motivations are often mixed. Most are there to voice support for our ripe music scene, while others are hoping to walk away with a trophy or a new contact. But last night, perhaps more than any other year, everyone had something to celebrate: a behemoth of a performance lineup.

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Honestly, anyone who caught Barrence Whitfield’s sax-powered steamroller of a set with his band Grits and Groceries probably got their money’s worth, no matter what kind of music they were there to see.

The energy didn’t stop with Whitfield, though. Hip-hop had a huge night with performances from Reks and Moe Pope and Rain that were turned up to 10. Pretty & Nice, playing as a power trio, tore through a set of jolty numbers from the band’s latest, “Golden Rules For Golden People.”

The newcomers of the night impressed, as well. An early set from experimental folk duo You Won’t brought to mind earlier days of New England favorites Deer Tick (who somehow won Rock Artist of the Year last night). When the band took note of a gap between the area they were playing and the audience, the two members bridged the divide, ditching their electric instruments to sing without microphones while playing a pump organ and a beautifully-bowed singing saw.

Meanwhile, Western Massachusetts’s Potty Mouth gave the crowd a taste of a band that’s truly on the rise.

The night may have been labeled an awards show, but any stress surrounding winners and losers was put aside, as all who gathered on the fourth floor directly after the winner announcements shared a smile and a boogie to a band called My Dick. That alone proved us all victorious.

2013 Boston Music Awards Winners

Artist of the Year: Bad Rabbits

Album/EP of the Year: Kingsley Flood “Battles”

Song of the Year: The Field Effect “Ogunquit ME”

New Artist of the year: Speedy Ortiz

Live Artist of the Year: Eddie Japan

Rock Artist of the Year: Deer Tick

Hip-Hop Artist of the Year: Moe Pope & Rain

Pop/R&B Artist of the Year: Bad Rabbits

Americana Artist Of The Year: Girls Guns And Glory

Blues Artist of the Year: Barrett Anderson

DJ Artist of the Year: Frank White

Electronic Artist of the Year: Bearstronaut

Folk Artist of the Year: Aofie O’Donovan

Gospel/Inspirational Artist of the Year: Kendall Ramseur

International Artist of the Year: Los Rumberos de Boston

Jazz Artist of the Year: Lake Street Dive

Metal/Hardcore Artist of the Year: Converge

Punk Artist of the Year: Big D And The Kids Table

Singer/Songwriter of the Year: Lori McKenna

Female Vocalist of the Year: Amy Renee Heidemann

Male Vocalist of the Year: Ward Hayden

Producer of the Year: Clinton Sparks

Video of the Year: “Acapella” by Karmin

Best Boston Artist Who Doesn’t Live In Boston: Lady Lamb The Beekeeper

Best Dance Night: Soulelujah

Best Live Music Venue: The Sinclair

Best Live Ongoing Residency: Session Americana At Lizard Lounge

Best Music Blog: Vanyaland

Unsung Hero Award: Charlie Chesterman