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Limelight Music Awards rescheduled to 2021

When we initially postponed this year’s Limelight Magazine Music Awards from April 26th to May 31st and then again to September 27th, we hoped things would have turned around regarding the Coronavirus pandemic. As we have gotten closer to the new date, the Covid-19 safety guidelines in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts have been changing on a regular basis.

To adhere to these changing guidelines, we considered various options to keep this year’s event on September 27th. However, every time we came close to deciding upon a new course of action, the state guidelines changed again. For instance, we discussed moving the event outdoors at another venue in New Bedford, but an updated gatherings order went into effect on August 11th reducing outdoor gatherings from 100 to 50 people. Further complicating matters was Rhode Island being added to the Massachusetts travel order requiring visitors arriving from that state to fill out a form, quarantine for 14-days or produce a negative Covid-19 test. There were other options we also discussed but local ordinances prevented us from carry them out.

As a result, we have decided to postpone this year’s Limelight Magazine Music Awards once again. The new date is Sunday, May 23, 2021, beginning at 2 p.m. at the Vault Music Hall, located at 791 Purchase Street in New Bedford, MA. As was previously announced, Stormstress will be hosting the event. Anyone who has already purchased tickets and holds on to them for the new date will be able to enter the venue up to 30 minutes before doors and be guaranteed seating at a table.

We know this event will now take place over a year after voting took place, but we feel an in-person event is the best way to honor this year’s nominees for their contributions to the local music scene in New England.

Thanks again to the New England Music Awards for being the primary sponsor 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.

Here is a recap of this year’s nominees:

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

  • Bad Marriage – Bad Marriage
  • 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
  • Special Guests – Alumninaughty
  • The Varsity Club – Cobblestones

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

  • Katie Dobbins – There is Light
  • Carissa Johnson – A Hundred Restless Thoughts
  • 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
  • Crooked Coast
  • The DayBreakers
  • The Devils Twins
  • First Bourne
  • Lily Black
  • Exit 18
  • Moment of Clarity

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

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

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

  • Giuliana Amaral (of Legacy)
  • Gianna Botticelli (a.k.a. Ghost Grl)
  • Kala Farnham
  • Bethany Lawson (of Plastic Angels)
  • Shonna Lee (of Payback)
  • Sarah Levecque
  • Julie Rhodes
  • 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)
  • Ben Cote (The Ben Cote Band)
  • Alexa Economou (blindspot)
  • 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
  • Devil in the Mist
  • Heavy AmericA  
  • One Time Mountain
  • Purging Sin
  • Red Sky Mary
  • SiXteenX20
  • Verscythe

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

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

 Male Vocalist of the Year  (Sponsored by Soundcheck Studios)

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

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

  • Amplifier Heads
  • Blacktop Strut
  • Coral Moons
  • Left of Love
  • Major Moment
  • Melic Moon
  • Red Reveal
  • 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
  • Matt Zajac

 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”
  • Parts Per Million – “No More Days”
  • 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
  • Judas Rising – A Tribute to Judas Priest
  • Live Bullet – A Tribute to Bob Seger
  • The Sickness – A Tribute to Disturbed
  • 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”
  • blindspot – “Upside Down”
  • Damnation – “Fighting For”
  • Grenon – “Goodbye”
  • 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”
  • 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”

Young Performer of the Year  (Sponsored by Kokopelli Realty)

  • American Ink
  • Sam Chetkin
  • Color Killer
  • Grenon
  • Off Kilter
  • The Nolan Leite Experience
  • Morrissey Blvd
  • Roll Over White

Sneak Peek – Nominees revealed for Limelight Music Awards ’20

It’s Primary Tuesday, March 3rd, in Massachusetts and that means our Limelight Magazine Readers’ Poll is now open for you to vote for your favorite local musicians in 16 categories. The poll will close on Monday, March 9th, at 11:45 PM. Click HERE to vote!

We’d like to thank the New England Music Awards for coming on board as the primary sponsor for this event. We’d also like to thank 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., as well as Don Burton Media, Purchase Street Records, and the Vault Music Hall for sponsoring the individual awards.

[THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION WAS POSTED 2-29-20]

We are excited to announce the nominees for this year’s Limelight Magazine Music Awards!

Unlike previous years, the nominating process has been tweaked slightly to reflect feedback from musicians and local music fans. So, instead of the ballot being decided entirely by fans, this year the nominating process was decided by music industry professionals and the general public. For two weeks in early February, we solicited nominations from local industry professionals including John Shea of Almost Famous on 95.9 WATD, Cat Wilson of The Cheap Seats, Katie Botelho of Limelight Magazine, and Adam N. Signore of Mark Skin Radio. Then, we solicited nominations from the general public for one week from February 16 to 22. The top nominees in 16 categories made the ballot.

A special, all-ages awards ceremony will be held on Sunday, September 27, 2020, beginning at 2 p.m. at the Vault Music Hall, located at 791 Purchase Street in New Bedford, MA, where the winners will be revealed. Advance tickets can be purchased online by clicking HERE.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Australian Wildlife and Nature Recovery Fund. While we no longer hear about it on the news, recovery donations are still needed to help wildlife in the regions impacted by the devastating fires.

To keep up with all of our promotions for the event, we encourage you to “like” our Facebook fan page by clicking HERE if you haven’t already done so.

Public voting starts Primary Tuesday, March 3rd at noon, and will close Monday, March 9th, at 11:45 PM. Check back here on Tuesday at noon for a link to the poll.

After voting ends, seven artists will be randomly selected from all the nominees and asked to perform at the awards show. If an artist is unavailable, we will draw again until we have seven performers. Please note that performing at the ceremony does not mean that artist has won an award.

If you have any questions, many of them will likely be answered HERE. Please take the time to read this before contacting us with any questions. If you need to reach us, e-mail the preferred means of communication. Contact us at limelightmusicawards@gmail.com.

Here are this year’s nominees:

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

  • Bad Marriage – Bad Marriage
  • 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
  • Special Guests – Alumninaughty
  • The Varsity Club – Cobblestones

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

  • Katie Dobbins – There is Light
  • Carissa Johnson – A Hundred Restless Thoughts
  • 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
  • Crooked Coast
  • The DayBreakers
  • The Devils Twins
  • First Bourne
  • Lily Black
  • Exit 18
  • Moment of Clarity

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

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

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

  • Giuliana Amaral (of Legacy)
  • Gianna Botticelli (a.k.a. Ghost Grl)
  • Kala Farnham
  • Bethany Lawson (of Plastic Angels)
  • Shonna Lee (of Payback)
  • Sarah Levecque
  • Julie Rhodes
  • 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)
  • Ben Cote (The Ben Cote Band)
  • Alexa Economou (blindspot)
  • 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
  • Devil in the Mist
  • Heavy AmericA  
  • One Time Mountain
  • Purging Sin
  • Red Sky Mary
  • SiXteenX20
  • Verscythe

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

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

 Male Vocalist of the Year  (Sponsored by Soundcheck Studios)

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

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

  • Amplifier Heads
  • Blacktop Strut
  • Coral Moons
  • Left of Love
  • Major Moment
  • Melic Moon
  • Red Reveal
  • 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
  • Matt Zajac

 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”
  • Parts Per Million – “No More Days”
  • 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
  • Judas Rising – A Tribute to Judas Priest
  • Live Bullet – A Tribute to Bob Seger
  • The Sickness – A Tribute to Disturbed
  • 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”
  • blindspot – “Upside Down”
  • Damnation – “Fighting For”
  • Grenon – “Goodbye”
  • 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”
  • 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”

Young Performer of the Year  (Sponsored by Kokopelli Realty)

  • American Ink
  • Sam Chetkin
  • Color Killer
  • Grenon
  • Off Kilter
  • The Nolan Leite Experience
  • Morrissey Blvd
  • Roll Over White

Limelight Magazine puts music awards on ‘indefinite hiatus’

After holding eight consecutive Limelight Magazine Music Awards ceremonies, we decided to take 2017 off to self-evaluate this event. During this time, we discussed several different options and decided to put the event on indefinite hiatus because the cons outweigh the pros in hosting this event again.

As we stated last year, the Limelight Magazine Music Awards has always been a major undertaking and took a considerable amount of time to plan. It was a very successful event with increased attendance each year. The most exciting part was seeing the excitement it brought to so many local musicians, many of whom were never recognized by anyone from the New England music scene before.

Despite this fact, there was always a lot of negativity on social media that took the joy out of hosting this event each year. From being criticized for the nomination process to some musicians bad mouthing other musicians were things we never expected to see. Furthermore, it seems more readers’ polls and awards ceremonies are taking place each year and we feel there is some truth to the tongue-in-cheek bumper sticker that is sold at many record stores that says, “No More Music Award Shows.”

Lastly, we’d like to respond to some of the negative comments we received over the years. It may now seem pointless, but it may help to understand some of the reasons for our decision.

It’s a popularity contest. You should have people in the music industry make the nominations and decide the winners. (via Facebook post)

We firmly agree that every awards show is flawed. There is no perfect event because people are always involved in the process and have their own biased tastes. The Grammy’s and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, for example, are decided by industry professionals and we often hear and read about what a joke those events are. Remember Jethro Tull being nominating in the heavy metal category and winning!?! What about all the deserving acts who have been ignored for years by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame committee!?! We could go on and on, but ultimately we are proud of the process we had because it enabled many musicians to be recognized who might not ordinarily receive it.

I honestly don’t understand how disconnected an awards show can be to even let some of these bands be nominated. Some of these bands have little to no talent. This is a flat out embarrassment.  (via website comment)

You would probably say that about any local music awards ceremony. Get out to some local shows and you’d recognize some of the names on the ballot. Who knows? Maybe you’d like some of them.

I’ve been a local musician for years and that [expletive] act won over me. That band sucks. Almost everyone on the ballot sucks. (via Facebook comment)

We’re sorry you felt that way about another musician. Life isn’t fair and things like this happen all the time. At least you were recognized by your fans and made the ballot. It’s too bad you never shared the poll on your social media pages because you could have won.

The winners know in advance. I just know it! (via Facebook comment)

We still laugh about this one. The host(s) of the event didn’t even know until they received the winner’s name in a sealed envelope. If so many people knew, why were so many winners not in attendance or an acceptance speech prepared on their behalf?

OMG! You charge a $10 admission fee. That’s outrageous. (via e-mail)

Due to a lack of sponsorships (or very few of them) each year, the co-owners of Limelight Magazine funded the entire awards ceremony out of their own pockets because of their passion for music. They had to pay for rent, sound tech, online survey, awards, host stipend, marketing, credit card fees on ticket sales, and other expenses. One year the awards show generated $16 profit and that’s because our photographer and her husband bought a ticket at the door. The admission was still cheaper than a night out at the movies and you got to see seven or eight acts perform live and hang out and network with your peers.

We could respond to more comments, but this already is long enough. In closing, we’d like to congratulate all the past nominees and winners. A complete list of all the winners for over the years appears below.

8th Limelight Magazine Music Awards
@ Spire Center for Performing Arts, Plymouth, MA
Saturday, April 16, 2016

Unsung Hero Award
Shanna Jackman

Band of the Year
Flight of Fire

Live Artist of the Year
The Shana Stack Band

Album of the Year (Group)
21st Century Fugitives – Losing Time

Album of the Year (Solo Artist)
Carissa Johnson – For Now

Male Vocalist of the Year
Rob Pagnano

Female Vocalist of the Year
Amy Marie

Tribute Band of the Year
Heartbreaker – A Tribute to Led Zeppelin

Metal/Hardcore Act of the Year
Death wish

Debut Album of the Year
Matt York – Boston, Texas

Breakthrough Artist of the Year
Bad Marriage

Young Performer of the Year
Sarah Deanna

Singer/Songwriter of the Year
Michael Spaulding

Country Artist of the Year
Timmy Brown and Black Diamond

Video of the Year (Group)
Red Evans – “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”

Video of the Year (Solo)
Matthew Neves – “Today Is The Day”

Song of the Year
The Aldous Collins Band – “Bernadette”

7th Limelight Magazine Music Awards
@ Spire Center for Performing Arts, Plymouth, MA
Saturday, March 21, 2015

Legend Award
New England

Unsung Hero Award
Robin Lane

Band of the Year
The House on Cliff

Live Artist of the Year
Marianne Toilet and The Runs

Album of the Year (Group)
Dan Lawson Band – Soldiers of Fortune (tie)
The Quins – A Tale of Love and Evil (tie)

Album of the Year (Solo)
Susan Cattaneo – Haunted Heart

Male Vocalist of the Year
Walter Barlow

Female Vocalist of the Year
Jenna Lotti

Tribute Band of the Year
Beatles for Sale – Tribute to The Beatles

Metal/Hardcore Act of the Year
Along Came the Flood

Breakthrough Artist of the Year
The Dust Ruffles

Young Performer of the Year
Emily Hodges

Singer-Songwriter of the Year
Amy Fairchild

Country Artist of the Year
Shana Stack Band

Video of the Year (Group)
Singlecast – “Running to You”

Video of the Year (Solo)
Boston Catalano – “Stronger” (tie)
Joe Merrick – “Kiss Me Like It’s New Year’s Eve” (tie)

Song of the Year
The October Accord – “Better Off Without You”

6th Limelight Magazine Music Awards
@ South Shore Music, Quincy, MA
Saturday, March 22, 2014

Legend Award
Extreme

Unsung Hero Award
Ayla Brown

Service Award
Jessica Botelho

Band of the Year
Grace Morrison and the RSO

Live Artist of the Year
Bigtalkahh

Album of the Year (Group)
Beyond Blonde – Purple Rose

Album of the Year (Solo)
Jamie Lynn Hart – Live At Tupelo

Male Vocalist of the Year
Joe Merrick

Female Vocalist of the Year ​
Brianna Grace

Tribute Band of the Year
Forever Young (Neil Young)

Metal/Hardcore Act of the Year
Hellspeak

Breakthrough Artist of the Year
Closer Than We Appear

Young Performer of the Year
21st Century Fugitives

Singer/Songwriter of the Year
Krista Baroni

Country Artist of the Year
Britt Hill

Video of the Year (Group)
The Devil’s Twins – “Love and War”

Video of the Year (Solo)
Jamie Lynn Hart – “Down”

Song of the Year
Kiley Evans & Joe Merrick – “We’d Be Lying”

5th Limelight Magazine Music Awards
@ Rock Junction, Coventry, RI
Saturday, March 16, 2013

Legend Award
BOSTON

Unsung Hero Award
Lisa Guyer

DJ Most Supportive of the Local Music Scene
Lisa Azizian & John Shea

Band of the Year
Lisa Markovich & Beyond Blonde

Live Artist of the Year
Awesome Express

Album of the Year (Group)
Closer Than We Appear – Evaluating Expressions

Album of the Year (Solo)
Sarah Swain – Every Little Bird

Male Vocalist of the Year
Jesse Liam

Female Vocalist of the Year
Jessica Prouty

Tribute Band of the Year
The Great Escape: Tribute to Journey

Metal/Harcore Act of the Year
Bigtalkahh

Breakthrough Artist of the Year
popALERT

Singer/Songwriter of the Year
Amanda McCarthy

Country Artist of the Year
Ashley Jordan

Video of the Year
Krista Angelucci – “C R E E P” (tie)
Birch Hill Dam – “Fathom’s Below” (tie)

Song of the Year
“Wicked” by Sara Leketa

4th Limelight Magazine Music Awards
@ Firehouse 13, Providence, RI
Saturday, March 10, 2012

Legend Award
The Fools

DJ Most Supportive of the Local Music Scene
Cat Wilson

Band of the Year
Beautiful Tuesday (tie)
Jessica Prouty Band (tie)

Live Artist of the Year
Beautiful Tuesday

Album/EP of the Year (Group)
Lisa Markovich & Beyond Blonde – Showing My Roots

Album/EP of the Year (Solo)
Ray Cooke – Good Life

Male Vocalist of the Year
Louis St. August

Female Vocalist of the Year
Jamie Lynn Hart

Tribute Band of the Year
Aerochix – Tribute to Aerosmith

Metal/Hardcore Act of the Year
I For An Eye

New Artist of the Year
The Vinyl Grooves

Singer/Songwriter of the Year
Jamie Lynn Hart

Song of the Year
Kiley Evans – “Johnny Depp”

3rd Limelight Magazine Music Awards
@ Club Hell, Providence, RI
March 12, 2011

Legend Award
MASS

Band of the Year
Varsity Girls

Live Artist of the Year
York

Album/EP of the Year
Shryne – Here and Now

Male Vocalist of the Year
Craig DeMelo

Female Vocalist of the Year
Elle Gallo

Tribute Band of the Year
Ornament – A Tribute to Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Metal/Hardcore Act of the Year
Structure Fails

New Artist of the Year
The Alarming Sound

Song of the Year
Jessica Prouty Band – “Escape”

2nd Limelight Magazine Music Awards
@ Club Hell, Providence, RI
January 31, 2010

DJ Most Supportive of the Local Music Scene
Jim Stearns

Band of the Year
Shryne

Live Artist of the Year (Major)
Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles

Live Artist of the Year (Indie)
Route .44 (tie)
The Candace Brooks band (tie)
SexCoffee (tie)

Album of the Year (Group Major)
Joe Perry – Have Guitar Will Travel

Album of the Year (Group Indie)
The Candace Brooks Band – The Chase

Album of the Year (Solo)
Terry Kitchen – Summer to Snowflakes

Male Vocalist of the Year
Jon Brennan

Female Vocalist of the Year
Sarah Kollett

Tribute Band of the Year
Bon Jersey – A Tribute to Bon Jovi

1st Limelight Magazine Music Awards
@ Narrows Center for the Arts in Fall River, MA
January 25, 2009

Band of the Year
The Candace Brooks Band

Live Artist of the Year (Major)
MASS

Live Artist of the Year (Indie)
Shryne

Album of the Year (Group Major)
MASS – Crack of Dawn

Album of the Year (Group Indie)
Hello Mahalo – Dawning Days

Album of the Year (Solo)
Charlie Farren – Old & Young

Male Vocalist of the Year
Justin Joyce

Female Vocalist of the Year
Candace Brooks

Tribute Band of the Year
The Great Escape: Tribute to Journey

Guitarist of the Year
Joe Grananta (tie)
Jack Lynx (tie)

Bassist of the Year
Lou Spagnola

Drummer of the Year
Todd Salpietro

Keyboardist of the Year
Steve Baker

Official statement about Limelight Magazine Music Awards

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While January is normally the time of year Limelight Magazine begins accepting nominations for its annual Music Awards, we have decided we will NOT hold an awards ceremony in 2017. Each year this event is a major undertaking and takes a considerable amount of time to plan. After organizing eight awards ceremonies, we would like to use this year to self-evaluate this event while taking into account the feedback we have received from local musicians and our readers over the past few years.

Last October, Limelight Magazine celebrated its 10th anniversary. We consider this an amazing achievement as many publications that cover music, movies, and pop culture have either folded or scaled back their content. In response to this void, we have actually increased our coverage of the local and national music scene throughout 2016 (click HERE to see what we covered). We will maintain this coverage throughout 2017 and continue to bring national touring acts to New England with six acts – Candlebox (3/25), Tom Rush (4/1), Vanilla Fudge (4/5), Y&T (5/2), Michael Sweet (6/2), & Black ‘N Blue (7/20) already booked and selling well at either the Narrows Center for the Arts in Fall River, MA, or Spire Center for Performing Arts in Plymouth, MA. Please continue to follow us on Facebook or Twitter for the most up-to-date information about our interviews, coverage of events, and shows we’ve booked.

In the meantime, we’d like to congratulate all the past nominees and winners at our Limelight Magazine Music Awards. A complete list of all the winners for the past eight years appears below.

 

8th Limelight Magazine Music Awards

@ Spire Center for Performing Arts, Plymouth, MA

Saturday, April 16, 2016

 

Unsung Hero Award

Shanna Jackman

Band of the Year

Flight of Fire

Live Artist of the Year

The Shana Stack Band

Album of the Year (Group)

21st Century Fugitives – Losing Time

Album of the Year (Solo Artist)

Carissa Johnson – For Now

Male Vocalist of the Year

Rob Pagnano

Female Vocalist of the Year

Amy Marie

Tribute Band of the Year

Heartbreaker – A Tribute to Led Zeppelin

Metal/Hardcore Act of the Year

Death wish

Debut Album of the Year

Matt York – Boston, Texas

 Breakthrough Artist of the Year

Bad Marriage

Young Performer of the Year

Sarah Deanna

Singer/Songwriter of the Year

Michael Spaulding

Country Artist of the Year

Timmy Brown and Black Diamond

Video of the Year (Group)

Red Evans – “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”

Video of the Year (Solo)

Matthew Neves – “Today Is The Day”

Song of the Year

The Aldous Collins Band – “Bernadette”

 

7th Limelight Magazine Music Awards

@ Spire Center for Performing Arts, Plymouth, MA

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Legend Award

New England

 Unsung Hero Award

Robin Lane

Band of the Year

The House on Cliff

Live Artist of the Year

Marianne Toilet and The Runs

Album of the Year (Group)
Dan Lawson Band – Soldiers of Fortune (tie)

The Quins – A Tale of Love and Evil (tie)

Album of the Year (Solo)

Susan Cattaneo – Haunted Heart

Male Vocalist of the Year

Walter Barlow

Female Vocalist of the Year

Jenna Lotti

Tribute Band of the Year

Beatles for Sale – Tribute to The Beatles

Metal/Hardcore Act of the Year

Along Came the Flood

Breakthrough Artist of the Year

The Dust Ruffles

 Young Performer of the Year

Emily Hodges

Singer-Songwriter of the Year

Amy Fairchild

Country Artist of the Year

Shana Stack Band

 Video of the Year (Group)

Singlecast – “Running to You”

Video of the Year (Solo)

Boston Catalano – “Stronger” (tie)

Joe Merrick – “Kiss Me Like It’s New Year’s Eve” (tie)

Song of the Year

The October Accord – “Better Off Without You”

6th Limelight Magazine Music Awards

@ South Shore Music, Quincy, MA

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Legend Award

Extreme

 Unsung Hero Award

Ayla Brown

 Service Award

Jessica Botelho

Band of the Year

Grace Morrison and the RSO

Live Artist of the Year

Bigtalkahh

Album of the Year (Group)

Beyond Blonde – Purple Rose

Album of the Year (Solo)

Jamie Lynn Hart – Live At Tupelo

 Male Vocalist of the Year

Joe Merrick

 Female Vocalist of the Year

Brianna Grace

 Tribute Band of the Year

Forever Young (Neil Young)

Metal/Hardcore Act of the Year

Hellspeak

Breakthrough Artist of the Year

Closer Than We Appear

Young Performer of the Year

21st Century Fugitives

Singer/Songwriter of the Year

Krista Baroni

Country Artist of the Year

Britt Hill

Video of the Year (Group)

The Devil’s Twins – “Love and War”

Video of the Year (Solo)

Jamie Lynn Hart – “Down”

Song of the Year

Kiley Evans & Joe Merrick – “We’d Be Lying”

           

5th Limelight Magazine Music Awards

@ Rock Junction, Coventry, RI

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Legend Award

BOSTON

Unsung Hero Award

Lisa Guyer

 DJ Most Supportive of the Local Music Scene

Lisa Azizian & John Shea

 Band of the Year

Lisa Markovich & Beyond Blonde

Live Artist of the Year

Awesome Express

 Album of the Year (Group)

Closer Than We Appear – Evaluating Expressions

 Album of the Year (Solo)

Sarah Swain – Every Little Bird

 Male Vocalist of the Year

Jesse Liam

Female Vocalist of the Year

Jessica Prouty

 Tribute Band of the Year

The Great Escape: Tribute to Journey

Metal/Harcore Act of the Year

Bigtalkahh

Breakthrough Artist of the Year

popALERT

 Singer/Songwriter of the Year

Amanda McCarthy

 Country Artist of the Year

Ashley Jordan

Video of the Year

Krista Angelucci – “C R E E P” (tie)

Birch Hill Dam – “Fathom’s Below” (tie)

Song of the Year

“Wicked” by Sara Leketa

 

4th Limelight Magazine Music Awards

@ Firehouse 13, Providence, RI

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Legend Award

The Fools

DJ Most Supportive of the Local Music Scene

Cat Wilson

Band of the Year

Beautiful Tuesday (tie)

Jessica Prouty Band (tie)

Live Artist of the Year

Beautiful Tuesday

Album/EP of the Year (Group)

Lisa Markovich & Beyond Blonde – Showing My Roots

Album/EP of the Year (Solo)

Ray Cooke – Good Life

Male Vocalist of the Year

Louis St. August

Female Vocalist of the Year

Jamie Lynn Hart

Tribute Band of the Year

Aerochix – Tribute to Aerosmith

Metal/Hardcore Act of the Year

I For An Eye

New Artist of the Year

The Vinyl Grooves

Singer/Songwriter of the Year

Jamie Lynn Hart

Song of the Year

Kiley Evans – “Johnny Depp”

3rd Limelight Magazine Music Awards

@ Club Hell, Providence, RI

March 12, 2011

Legend Award

MAS

Band of the Year

Varsity Girls

Live Artist of the Year

York

Album/EP of the Year

Shryne – Here and Now

Male Vocalist of the Year

Craig DeMelo

Female Vocalist of the Year

Elle Gallo

Tribute Band of the Year

Ornament – A Tribute to Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Metal/Hardcore Act of the Year

Structure Fails

New Artist of the Year

The Alarming Sound

Song of the Year

Jessica Prouty Band – “Escape”

2nd Limelight Magazine Music Awards

@ Club Hell, Providence, RI

January 31, 2010

 

DJ Most Supportive of the Local Music Scene

Jim Stearns

Band of the Year

Shryne

Live Artist of the Year (Major)

Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles

Live Artist of the Year (Indie)

Route .44 (tie)

The Candace Brooks band (tie)

SexCoffee (tie)

Album of the Year (Group Major)

Joe Perry – Have Guitar Will Travel

Album of the Year (Group Indie)

The Candace Brooks Band – The Chase

Album of the Year (Solo)

Terry Kitchen – Summer to Snowflakes

Male Vocalist of the Year

Jon Brennan

Female Vocalist of the Year

Sarah Kollett

Tribute Band of the Year

Bon Jersey – A Tribute to Bon Jovi

1st Limelight Magazine Music Awards

@ Narrows Center for the Arts in Fall River, MA

January 25, 2009

 

Band of the Year

The Candace Brooks Band

Live Artist of the Year (Major)

MASS

Live Artist of the Year (Indie)

Shryne

Album of the Year (Group Major)

MASS – Crack of Dawn

Album of the Year (Group Indie)

Hello Mahalo – Dawning Days

Album of the Year (Solo)

Charlie Farren – Old & Young

Male Vocalist of the Year

Justin Joyce

Female Vocalist of the Year

Candace Brooks

Tribute Band of the Year

The Great Escape: Tribute to Journey

Guitarist of the Year

Joe Grananta (tie)

Jack Lynx (tie)

Bassist of the Year

Lou Spagnola

Drummer of the Year

Todd Salpietro

Keyboardist of the Year

Steve Baker