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Best Specialty Record Store

Fifth Element

You can't say enough about Rhymesayers' impact on independent hip-hop. And it's not just for the art — it's also for their ability to keep the business side of it alive in a digital-minded era where .zips and .rars have replaced car trunks and backpacks for DIY music distribution. Fifth Element is far more than just the merch arm of the venerable Minneapolis label — though if you want to pick up an Atmosphere hoodie or your favorite P.O.S. album on vinyl, you might as well go right to the source. They've also got a winningly broad (and broad-minded) inventory, where even the most voracious crate digger will find something to elicit a low whistle and a "damn." Needless to say, their hip-hop selection is absurd. Feel free to pick up a Jonwayne cassette, a Black Milk LP, and a CD of Gang Starr's Hard to Earn to replace the third one you've worn out. But there are also classic soul box sets, Tropicalia reissues, and dancehall 12-inches in the bins to round out the repertoire of music hip-hop heads listen to when they're not listening to hip-hop. Throw in a collectible Kidrobot vinyl toy or the latest issue of Wax Poetics, and you've got yourself the ideal of the archetypal rap nerd Valhalla.

Best Record Store Day Location (2015) Fifth Element

BEST PLACE TO BUY VINYL (2006) Fifth Element

Best "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" Performance at Target Field Four Fists

Best Acoustic Performer Ashley Gold

Best Actor John Catron

Best Actress Sally Wingert

Best Album Cover Prince, The Breakfast Experience

Best Album of the Past Year Lizzo, Lizzobangers

Best All-Ages Venue The Cedar Cultural Center

Best Art Gallery Public Functionary

Best Author We Like to Claim as Our Own Neil Gaiman

Best Band Name Tree Blood

Best Band to Break Up in the Past Year The Goondas

Best Bar Game The Match Game at the 331 Club

Best Club DJ DJ Shannon Blowtorch

Best Comedy Club Acme Comedy Co.

Best Concert Controversy Low's "Drone Not Drones" Rock the Garden performance

Best Concert of the Past 12 Months (Local) Totally Gross National Party at Icehouse

Best Concert of the Past 12 Months (Touring) D'Angelo & Questlove at First Avenue

Best Concert Venue First Avenue

Best Cover Band Wangs

Best Cover Song The Cactus Blossoms, "This Boy"

Best Dance Club Clubhouse Jäger

Best Dance Night Transmission

Best Director Amy Rummenie

Best Emerging Actor David Darrow

Best Emerging Actress Traci Allen

Best Ensemble To the Moon!

Best EP Fury Things, EP 2

Best Family Band The Hanson Brothers

Best Fashion Show The Shows

Best Hip-Hop Artist Allan Kingdom

Best Hip-Hop Festival Soundset

Best Jam Band Night Phoenix

Best Jazz Artist Dave King Trucking Company

Best Jazz Club Dakota Jazz Club

Best Jukebox CC Club

Best Karaoke Vegas Lounge

Best Literary Events Revolver

Best Live Artist Prof

Best Local Author Andy Sturdevant

Best Local Cartoonist Brittney Sabo

Best Local Designer Lindsey Hopkins

Best Local Music Compilation Piñata Records' Hit Parade Sampler

Best Local Record Label Totally Gross National Product

Best Mixtape P.O.S., WDELH/MDS/RMX

Best Movie Theater The Riverview

Best Museum Walker Art Center

Best Museum Exhibition Claes Oldenburg: The Sixties

Best Musical Urinetown: The Musical

Best New Band Frankie Teardrop

Best Open Mic Tap the Mic at Harriet Brewing

Best Outdoor Show Kräftskiva at the Bachelor Farmer

Best Play Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde

Best R&B Artist José James

Best Radio Station 89.3 the Current

Best Record Store Day Location Hymie's Vintage Records

Best Reissue Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound

Best Residency GRRRL PRTY at Icehouse

Best Reunion The Replacements

Best Rock Band France Camp

Best Rock Club Triple Rock Social Club

Best Rock Festival Twin Cities Roots, Rock, and Deep Blues Music Festival

Best Single "Lady, You Shot Me," Har Mar Superstar

Best Song About Minnesota Jeremy Messersmith, "You'll Only Break His Heart"

Best Songwriter Frankie Lee

Best Sound Team First Avenue

Best Standup (Local) Chris Maddock

Best Standup (National) Cy Amundson

Best Strip Club King of Diamonds

Best Tattoo Parlor Acme Tattoo

Best Theater Children's Theatre Company

Best Tweet from Prince's Official Twitter Account Prince's first tweet

Best Venue Name Fuck Mountain

Best Venue to Watch Musicians Watching Other Musicians Icehouse

Best Vocalist (Female) Ashley DuBose

Best Vocalist (Male) Charlie Parr