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SkyTigers Take Home a BMA

In a year of Lowell invading deeper into the Boston Music Awards than ever before, it felt inevitable that at least SOMEONE was going to take home a coveted BMA trophy. While many predicted Corner Soul would be the prize winners of the night scoring three different nominations, it was actually SkyTigers who scored a victory, winning Punk/Hardcore Artist of the Year.

Singer/Bassist Brian Christopher stated the band’s feelings of amazement on their Facebook page: “I’ve been sick the last two days, but this morning I woke up to hundreds of texts, direct messages, notifications and emails reminding me that last night was not a fever dream. Words cannot express how floored we are by this award.”

What makes this earning especially distinct was the competition they were up against. Long-time notable and popular Boston bands such as Rebuilder, Nice Guys, Choke Up, Actor/Observer were among several favorites in the category, though 2019 was quite a year for SkyTigers as well.

The year started with the anticipated release of Disasterbation followed by a strong performance in the 2019 Rock and Roll Rumble. From there, the locally esteemed Lowell based thrash band rode an astonishing wave of show after show winning the hearts, ears, and minds of all those who were in attendance.

Having personally witnessed the band grow, develop, and overcome hardships throughout the years, it’s safe to say this victory was well deserved. – Joel Gray

For the complete list of winners:

Artist of the Year
Cousin Stizz

Album of the Year
Clairo, “Immunity”

Song of the Year
STL GLD, “The New Normal Pt. I”

Live Artist of the Year
Oompa

New Artist of the Year
Lord Felix

Unsigned Artist of the Year
Jefe Replay

Video of the Year
Cousin Stizz, “Trying To Find My Next Thrill”

Vocalist of the Year
Julie Rhodes

Alt/Indie Artist of the Year
Future Teens

Americana Artist of the Year
Honeysuckle

Blues Artist of the Year
GA-20

Country Artist of the Year
Ward Hayden & The Outliers

Dance/Electronic Artist of the Year
Lightfoot

DJ of the Year
DJ Real P

Folk Artist of the Year
The Ballroom Thieves

Hip Hop Artist of the Year
Cousin Stizz

International Artist of the Year
Soul Rebel Project

Jazz Artist of the Year
Yoko Miwa Trio

Metal Artist of the Year
Black Mass

Pop Artist of the Year
Clairo

Punk/Hardcore Artist of the Year
SkyTigers

R&B Artist of the Year
$ean Wire

Rock Artist of the Year
Valleyheart

Singer Songwriter of the Year
Sidney Gish

Session Musician of the Year
Jonathan Ulman

Live Music Venue of the Year
House of Blues Boston

Intimate Live Music Venue of the Year
Dorchester Art Project

Recording Studio of the Year
The Bridge Sound and Stage

Studio Producer of the Year
Sean McLaughlin

Live Production Engineer of the Year
Mike Green

Live Music Residency of the Year
Soul Sessions at Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen with NWASoul

Music Night of the Year
Soulelujah at The Sinclair

Music Promoter of the Year
Aaron Gray

Music Publication of the Year
Vanyaland

Music Journalist of the Year
Victoria Wasylak

Music Photographer of the Year
Emily Gardner

Music Podcast of the Year
It’s Lit Boston

Radio Show of the Year
Allston Pudding Radio / WTBU 89.3FM

617 Sessions Artist of the Year
House of Harm

Featured photo: Robert Buckley