Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Record Label

Rhymesayers Entertainment

The word "powerhouse" barely comes close to describing the magnitude of the ever-expanding Rhymesayers label, which has already left a deep imprint on the music community in the Twin Cities and nationwide. Label founder and Atmosphere MC Slug is still riding high off last year's When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold, with a video for the latest single, "Your Glasshouse," just released via MTV last month; up-and-comer P.O.S. has critics nationwide drooling over his punk-fueled sophomore album, Never Better; and Brother Ali is back on the radar with a follow-up to 2006's The Undisputed Truth, last month's The Truth Is Here EP. The success of those three local rappers would be enough to push the label into the limelight, but they are only a small fraction of the Rhymesayers roster. Acts like Mac Lethal, MF DOOM, Eyedea & Abilities, I Self Devine, and Psalm One bolster Rhymesayers' reputation as a hub for literate, socially conscious, and groundbreaking hip hop. With the signing of new acts Abstract Rude and local activist and MC Toki Wright, the label is showing no sign of slowing down.

BEST LOCAL RECORD LABEL (2010) Rhymesayers Entertainment

Best Actor Kris L. Nelson

Best Actress Christiana Clark

Best AM Radio Personality Al Malmberg

Best Art Gallery Art of This Gallery

Best Book By a Local Author Bart Schneider's The Man in the Blizzard

Best Book Publisher Graywolf Press

Best Choreographer Karen Sherman

Best Columnist Nick Coleman

Best Comedy The Lion, the Witch, and the War Hero: Or Is McCain Able?

Best Dance Performance in the Past 12 Months Mad King Thomas

Best Dance Performance of a Classic University of Minnesota Dance Program students performing Missa Brevis

Best Dancer Marciano Silva Dos Santos

Best Director Marion McClinton

Best Drive-In Movie Theater Vali-Hi

Best Fashion Show Voltage: Fashion Amplified

Best FM Radio Personality Mark Wheat, 89.3 the Current

Best Large Theater The Jungle Theater

Best Literary Magazine Knockout

Best Local-Music Broadcast MN Soundtrack, KFAI

Best Local-Music Compilation Twin Town High

Best Movie Theater Riverview Theater

Best Museum Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum

Best Museum Exhibition Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future

Best Musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Best New Stage Gremlin Theatre

Best Place to Learn to Dance Minnesota Dance Theatre and the Dance Institute

Best Place to Read a Book Minneapolis Central Library

Best Poet Louis Jenkins

Best Print Collective Burlesque of North America

Best Public Art The Grain Belt Beer sign

Best Radio Station Minnesota Public Radio, KNOW 91.1 FM

Best Reading Series Books & Bars

Best Slam Poet El Guante

Best Small Theater Frank Theatre

Best Sports Anchor Randy Shaver, KARE 11

Best Sports-Talk Radio Host Dan Cole, KFAN

Best Tattoo Parlor The Ink Lab

Best TV Newscaster Alix Kendall, Fox 9

Best TV Station Twin Cities Public Television (TPT)

Best TV Weatherperson Sven Sundgaard, KARE 11