Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Museum Exhibition

"America's Monsters, Superheroes, and Villains" at the Goldstein Museum of Design

Geeking out, even attending the opening reception in full costume, was encouraged during this celebration of Minneapolis toy collector David Barnhill's impressive assemblage of pop-culture icons. Wonder Woman was in attendance (the miniature plastic-doll version, as well as a costumed enthusiast in the flesh), along with an array of toys such as the villainous Rat Fink (driving a hot rod, no less), Star Wars figurines, an assortment of aliens, and comic-book heroes from DC and Marvel — some in their original packaging. Co-curated by Barnhill, who has been collecting since the 1960s, and fellow enthusiast Stephen Rueff, the exhibition appealed to the kid in all of us. Wide-eyed visitors of all ages could be heard exuberantly exclaiming, "Wow!" "Whoa!" "Look at that!" At the same time, the objects presented also provided trenchant commentary on the role and portrayal of women, the Cold War and the arms race, and the rapid acceleration of scientific discovery in the mid-20th century. Toy design and manufacturing techniques were also presented and discussed via the 400-plus pieces in the exhibit, all of which came from Barnhill's personal collection, which contains some 200,000 toys and counting. Minds were blown. Intellects were engaged.

Best Actor Adam Whisner

Best Actress Regina Maria Williams

Best Album Cover VHS, Fury Things

Best Album of the Past 12 Months Ones and Sixes, Low

Best All-Ages Venue The Garage

Best Art Controversy The Bob Dylan Mural

Best Art Gallery Bockley Gallery

Best Band Name Ass Bastards of Mordor

Best Band to Break Up in the Past 12 Months The Replacements

Best Bar Game Trivia Mafia

Best Cartoonist Ken Avidor

Best Casino Black Bear Casino Resort

Best Choreographer Morgan Thorson

Best Club DJ Mike Gervais

Best Columnist Jon Tevlin

Best Comedy Club Comedy Corner Underground

Best Comedy Open Mic Death Comedy Jam

Best Concert of the Past 12 Months Lizzo at First Avenue

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

Best Concert Venue First Avenue

Best Costume Designer Lynda L. Salsbury

Best Costumer/Cosplayer Nicole Snell (KikiCraft)

Best Cover Song "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus," Rupert Angeleyes

Best Dance Club Honey

Best Dance Performance in the last 12 Months Nutcracker (not so) Suite

Best Dancer Erin Thompson

Best Director James Napoleon Stone

Best-Dressed Dude Zach LaVine

Best-Dressed Lady Erin Duffey

Best Emerging Actor Kevin Fanshaw

Best Emerging Actress Gracie Anderson

Best EP Night Flowers, Tiny Deaths

Best Family Band The Cactus Blossoms

Best Fashion Show LARK

Best Festival (Summer) Red Hot Art

Best Festival (Winter) Art Shanty Projects

Best Gallery Exhibition "In Which _____ and Others Discover the End"

Best Hip Hop Artist Lizzo

Best Hip-Hop Producer Mike the Martyr

Best Instagram @CaptureMinnesota

Best Jazz Artist JT Bates

Best Jazz Club Vieux Carre

Best Jukebox 19 Bar

Best Karaoke VFW Uptown

Best Literary Press Coffee House Press

Best Live Artist The Blind Shake

Best Local Commercial Fancy Ray for Taco Bell

Best Local Comp Ecstattic Forever

Best Local Facebook Page Black Lives Matter Minneapolis

Best Local Fashion Designer Kathryn Sterner Sieve of Winsome

Best Local Record Label Modern Radio

Best Local Standup Comedian Tommy Ryman

Best Local Website MinnPost

Best Metal Band False

Best Mixtape Couch Potato, Bobby Raps and Corbin

Best Movie Theater Uptown Theatre

Best Museum Minnesota Museum of American Art (MMAA)

Best Musical Sweeney Todd:The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Best Music Controversy Local designer launches GoFundMe for Kanye

Best Music Festival Soundset

Best Music Residency The Bad Plus at Dakota Jazz Club

Best Music Video "Wedding," Polica

Best Music Video Director Adam J. Dunn

Best New Band Bruise Violet

Best Nontraditional Gallery Space House of Balls

Best Open Mic Fifth Element

Best Outdoor Show Memory Lanes Block Party

Best Place to Watch a Movie Outdoors Stevens Square Park

Best Play An Octoroon

Best Public Art Urban Flower Field (Amanda Lovelee)

Best Radio Personality Mary Lucia

Best Radio Station BOB 106.1 FM

Best R&B Artist Nick Jordan

Best Record Store Day Location Electric Fetus

Best Reissue The Twin/Tone Years, the Replacements

Best Reunion Babes in Toyland

Best Rock Band Strange Relations

Best Set Design 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Best Single "Midway," Bad Bad Hats

Best Songwriter Matt Latterell

Best Strip Club The Seville Club

Best Theater Dark & Stormy Productions

Best Theater Troupe Transatlantic Love Affair

Best TV Newscaster Randy Shaver

Best TV Station TPT

Best TV Weatherperson Kylie Bearse

Best Tweeter Gigi Berry (@_omgigi_)

Best Venue Name The Venue

Best Viral Video Bruce Springsteen dances with 91-year-old fan

Best Vocalist Leah Ottman

Best Writer Marlon James