Last night the New England Music Awards once again celebrated the rich tapestry of artists that make up the New England Music scene. In addition to the awards there were performances from an amazing array of musicians.

The event was held in Malden MA at MIXX 360, a nightclub in a mixed use entertainment complex on the north shore of Boston, about thirty minutes north of the city. This is the third time that the awards show has been in Malden after meandering all over New England including stops in Foxboro, Lowell and its original inception in Boston proper.

Last year the pandemic eliminated the celebration, but hundreds of people came out to support the New England music scene and to laud it’s most accomplished members.

Coral Moons took the best video award for their song Winnebago.

Categories for 2021 AwardsWinners
Best in State: MaineThe Ghost of Paul Revere
Best in State: VermontKat Wright
Best in State: New HampshireHunter
Best in State: Rhode IslandLainey Dionne
Best in State: MassachusettsSixFoxWhiskey
Best in State: ConnecticutEggy
Punk Act of the Year Mallcops
Rock Act of the YearGrenon
Pop Act of the YearLiz Bills
Hip Hop Act of the YearOompa
Hard Rock/Metal Act of the YearSepsiss
Americana Act of the YearThe Wolff Sisters
Jazz Act of the YearKat Wright
Soul/R&B Act of the YearMannyX
Blues Act of the YearDanielle Miraglia
Roots Act of the YearThe Elovaters
Country Act of the YearAnnie Brobst
World Act of the YearNiu Raza
Live Act of the YearTwiddle
New Act of the YearSenseless Optimism
Producer of the YearAlex Glover
Digital Performer of the YearAdam Ezra
Video of the YearCoral Moons – “Winnebago”
Male Performer of the YearAdam Ezra
Female Performer of the YearJennifer Tefft
Songwriter of the YearSarah King
Song of the YearAnnie Brobst – “Red Wine On My Mind”
Album of the YearErin Harpe – “Meet Me in the Middle” featuring Jim Countryman
Act of the YearAnnie Brobst

Erin Harpe Country Blues duo took home the award for Album of the Year for their celebrated release, Meet Me in the Middle. Harpe has long been a staple of both the Boston music scene and the New England live music scene, both in her various blues configurations (the Delta Swingers is the larger band, Country Blues Duo is more intimate), and her long standing electro funk dance band Lovewhip.

Annie Brobst was a big winner with trophies for Act of the Year, Country Act of the Year, and Song of the Year. Not coincidentally she and a band were the headliners of the performance part of the night with a raucous close to the ceremony.

Congrats to all of the winners and nominees. See you next year.

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