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Boston Music Awards are on Sunday, Dec. 8: 9 things to know

Posted by Emily Wright  December 6, 2013 11:44 AM

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Musicians with Boston ties and their fans will be rocking out at the Boston Music Awards on Sunday night. If you're planning on going, want to figure out how you can be nominated in the future, or need tickets, check out our list of nine things to know before the event on Dec. 8.

1. This year marks the Boston Music Awards' 26th anniversary.

2. There are 20 acts slated to perform, including Bearstronaut which performed at Boston Calling in Sept. Check out the picture of them at the RadioBDC tent after their set at the festival (below).

3. The event is being held at the Liberty Hotel. If you need directions, check out our map.

4. General admission tickets are $25 (plus $1.87 for a service fee) and VIP tickets are $100 (plus $4.49 for a service fee). You can get them via Brown Paper Tickets.

5. Proceeds from the event go to various charities throughout New England, as well as Berklee College of Music scholarships.

6. Awards will be given in categories like Americana Artist of the Year and Best Boston Artist Who Doesn't Live in Boston. Get the full list.

7. Someone must be a musician/group, producer, or industry professional with strong ties to New England in order to be nominated.

8. The nominees are chosen by a voting academy of more than 150 people in "all genres of the music community in New England."

9. The public's vote (which is now closed) only counts for one-third of the vote. The academy members also vote and make up the other two-thirds.

Have a favorite musical act that's performing? Think one band deserves an award more than another? Use the comments to sound off. We want to hear your thoughts.

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