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Boston Music Award Winners

Posted by Sarah Rodman  December 2, 2007 12:22 AM

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The Boston Music Awards were handed out last night at the Orpheum Theatre in a two and a half hour ceremony that found metal bands mingling with power popsters and scene veterans rubbing elbows with hot upstarts.

It may not be the Grammys but the BMAs have grit and heart and both were on display last night in the dozen performances and off the cuff acceptance speeches.

The returns of Bobby Brown- who watched the Berklee City Music All-Stars perform a medley of his hits before coming on to sing "Roni"- and Extreme were well-received and writer-director-actor Christopher Guest (Spinal Tap's "Nigel Tufnel") got as warm a greeting as any of the musicians when he came on to introduce the special honor being bestowed on Aerosmith bassist, and cancer survivor, Tom Hamilton.

Hamilton also got off the best quip of the night. Observing the theatre where he reunited with his bandmates in 1984 he said "it feels like another room in my house, only smaller."

And the winners are...

Act of the Year
Killswitch Engage

Album of the Year (Indie)
Martin Sexton – "Seeds"

Album of the Year (Major)
Lori McKenna – "Unglamorous"

Best New Act of the Year

Local Female Vocalist of the Year
Sarah Borges

Local Male Vocalist of the Year
Ryan Montbleau

Local Producer of the Year
Crit Harmon

Local Song of the Year
Bang Camaro – "Pleasure Pleasure"

National Female Vocalist of the Year

National Male Vocalist of the Year
Matt Nathanson

Outstanding Americana Act of the Year
Girls Guns & Glory

Outstanding Blues/Soul Act of the Year
Eli "Paperboy" Reed

Outstanding DJ/Dance Act of the Year

Outstanding Folk Act of the Year
Chris Smither

Outstanding Funk/Jam Band of the Year
Westbound Train

Outstanding Jazz Act of the Year
Club d'Elf

Outstanding Live Act of the Year
State Radio

Outstanding Metal/Hardcore Band of the Year
Killswitch Engage

Outstanding Pop Act of the Year
The Click Five

Outstanding Punk Band of the Year
Dropkick Murphys

Outstanding Rap/Hip-Hop Act of the Year
Mr. Lif

Outstanding Rock Band of the Year
Bang Camaro

Outstanding Singer/Songwriter of the Year
Josh Ritter

Outstanding World Music Act of the Year
Spiritual Rez

Song of the Year
"The Great Escape" – Boys Like Girls

Hall of Fame Inductees
Bobby Brown
Buffalo Tom

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