This afternoon’s Limelight Magazine Music Awards at the Vault Music Hall in New Bedford, MA, was the first to air exclusively on YouTube with a limited, in-person audience following Covid-19 indoor protocols for events in restaurants. Click HERE to watch the video.

We’d like to thank our friends Stormstress for hosting the ceremony, blindspot, Kala Farnham, Jay Psaros, and Prateek for pre-recording their live performances, the radio DJs who helped spread the word about the event, Vault Music Hall for allowing us to use their facility, and everyone who took the time out of their schedules to either watch online or attend in person despite the Covid-19 protocols.

Furthermore, we’d like to acknowledge one last time New Bedford City Councilor Ian Abreu and the New England Music Awards for being the primary sponsors for this event as well as Music Go Round, Athena’s by Michelle M., Boston Rock Radio, East Coast Alice – The Ultimate Alice Cooper Experience, Kokopelli Realty, Rick’s Music World, Seth’s Rock Report, Shell Shock Acoustic, Soundcheck Studios, Taylespun Studio Contemporary Fine Art, Underground Recording Co., Don Burton Media, Purchase Street Records, and the Vault Music Hall for sponsoring the individual awards.

– Jay & Katie, Co-Owners, Limelight Magazine/JKB Entertainment Group

Here’s the final run down of all the nominees, including the winners and runner ups. Congratulations to everyone listed on this ballot!

Album/EP of the Year (Group)  (Sponsored by Purchase Street Records)

  • Bad Marriage – Bad Marriage [WINNER]
  • The Blue Ribbons – Thoughts and Prayers
  • The DayBreakers – Worn Out Dream
  • First Bourne – Pick Up The Torch
  • Red Reveal – Red Reveal
  • Renegade Cartel – Dear World [RUNNER UP]
  • Special Guests – Alumninaughty
  • The Varsity Club – Cobblestones

Album/EP of the Year(Solo Artist)  (Sponsored by Underground Recording Co.)

  • Katie Dobbins – There is Light [WINNER]
  • Carissa Johnson – A Hundred Restless Thoughts [RUNNER UP]
  • Brandon Manter – Off My Mind
  • Amanda McCarthy – Road Trip
  • Grace Morrison – Reasons
  • Monica Rizzio – Sunshine is Free
  • Brian Sances – All My Might
  • Jennifer Truesdale – Trough the Circle

Band of the Year (Sponsored by Music Go Round)

  • Bad Marriage [WINNER]
  • Crooked Coast
  • The DayBreakers
  • The Devils Twins
  • First Bourne
  • Lily Black [RUNNER UP]
  • Exit 18
  • Moment of Clarity

Country Artist of the Year  (Sponsored by Vault Music Hall)

  • Back Rhodes
  • Houston Bernard Band
  • Blame the Whiskey [WINNER]
  • Annie Brobst
  • Darren Bissette Band
  • April Cushman [RUNNER UP]
  • Martin and Kelly
  • Carly Tefft

Female Vocalist of the Year (Sponsored by Athena’s by Michelle M)

  • Giuliana Amaral (of Band, Inc.) [WINNER]
  • Gianna Botticelli (a.k.a. Ghost Grl)
  • Kala Farnham
  • Bethany Lawson (of Plastic Angels)
  • Shonna Lee (of Payback)
  • Sarah Levecque
  • Julie Rhodes [RUNNER UP]
  • Amalia Ververis (of Melic Moon)

Frontperson of the Year  (Sponsored by East Coast Alice – The Ultimate Alice Cooper Experience)

  • Nicole Marie Coogan (The Devil’s Twins) [RUNNER UP]
  • Ben Cote (The Ben Cote Band)
  • Alexa Economou (blindspot) [WINNER]
  • Sean FitzGerald (The NB Rude Boys)
  • Carly Kraft (Coral Moons)
  • Jon Paquin (Bad Marriage)
  • James Rohr (The Blue Ribbons)
  • Jackson Wetherbee (The Elovaters)

Hard Rock/Metal Act of the Year  (Sponsored by Boston Rock Radio)

  • Afterimage [RUNNER UP]
  • Devil in the Mist
  • Heavy AmericA  
  • One Time Mountain
  • Purging Sin
  • Red Sky Mary
  • SiXteenX20 [WINNER]
  • Verscythe

 Live Artist of the Year  (Sponsored by Rick’s Music World)

  • The Ben Cote Band [WINNER]
  • Bird Mancini
  • Ashley Jordan
  • Lady Lupine
  • Sons Lunaris
  • Jay Psaros
  • Soul Box [RUNNER UP]
  • We Own Land

Male Vocalist of the Year  (Sponsored by Soundcheck Studios)

  • Sam Luke Chase
  • Nate Cozzolino
  • Shaun England
  • Chris Fitz
  • Joe Merrick [RUNNER UP]
  • Sam Robbins
  • Michael Spaulding
  • Sam Vlasich (of Red Sky Mary) [WINNER]

New Artist of the Year  (Sponsored by Music Go Round)

  • Amplifier Heads
  • Blacktop Strut [RUNNER UP – TIE]
  • Coral Moons
  • Left of Love [RUNNER UP – TIE]
  • Major Moment
  • Melic Moon
  • Red Reveal [WINNER]
  • Abigail Vail

Singer/Songwriter of the Year (Sponsored by Taylespun Studio Contemporary Fine Art)

  • Cara Brindisi
  • Katie Dobbins
  • Kathleen Healy
  • Mary McAvoy
  • Brian Sances
  • Hayley Sabella
  • Ilene Springer [RUNNER UP]
  • Matt Zajac [WINNER]

 Song of the Year (Sponsored by Shell Shock Acoustic)

  • Beautiful Tuesday – “Manteca”
  • Coral Moons – “Fall In Love”
  • Crooked Coast – “Summer”
  • Mark Erelli – “Her Town Now”
  • Lockette – “In the Dark”
  • Amanda McCarthy – “Tiki Bar” [RUNNER UP]
  • Parts Per Million – “No More Days” [WINNER]
  • Magen Tracy & the Missed Connections – “Dirty Little Secret”

Tribute Band of the Year  (Sponsored by Music Go Round)

  • Abraxas – A Tribute to Santana
  • The American Who – A Tribute to The Who
  • Heartbreaker – A Tribute to Led Zeppelin [WINNER – TIE]
  • Judas Rising – A Tribute to Judas Priest
  • Live Bullet – A Tribute to Bob Seger [RUNNER UP]
  • The Sickness – A Tribute to Disturbed [WINNER – TIE]
  • We Are Hydrogen – A Tribute to Phish
  • The Young Americans – A Tribute to David Bowie

 Video of the Year (Group)  (Sponsored by Seth’s Rock Report)

  • Bad Marriage – “Gateway Drug” [WINNER]
  • blindspot – “Upside Down”
  • Damnation – “Fighting For”
  • Grenon – “Goodbye” [RUNNER UP]
  • Groundlift – “Outta My Head”
  • Major Moment – “May Leave Scars”
  • Special Guests – “Spring Break”
  • The Wolff Sisters – “Drive”

Video of the Year (Solo Artist)  (Sponsored by Don Burton Media)

  • Lisa Bastoni – “Nearby”
  • Kate Eppers – “The Wishing Well” [WINNER]
  • Will Evans – “Family Tree”
  • Kala Farnham – “David”
  • Jamie Hart – “Get Closer”
  • Josh Knowles – “Same”
  • Daniel Miller (featuring Ward Hayden) – “Your Man”
  • Prateek Poddar – “The Gang’s All Gone” [RUNNER UP]

Young Performer of the Year  (Sponsored by Kokopelli Realty)

  • American Ink
  • Sam Chetkin
  • Color Killer
  • Grenon
  • Off Kilter [RUNNER UP]
  • The Nolan Leite Experience
  • Morrissey Blvd [WINNER]
  • Roll Over White


  1. it would be nice to know when the ballots officially went out vs the undocumented voting

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