Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Record Label

Doomtree Records

Besides Rhymesayers, Doomtree is Minnesota’s most famed record label, and it’s been firing on all cylinders lately. Doomtree’s most wide-reaching achievement of 2016 was the inclusion of Dessa — the crew’s lone female member and one of the most admired women in hip-hop, period — on The Hamilton Mixtape. But since the huge-selling mixtape was released by Atlantic, that was a W for Doomtree as a collective, not as a label. As for releases to actually come out on Doomtree Records, the big two came from Sims and P.O.S: The former released his earthquaking, Run the Jewels-esque magnum opus, More Than Ever, back in November, while the latter returned this January with the punk-rap assault Chill, Dummy, a triumphant comeback from his 2014 kidney transplant. In-house producer Paper Tiger contributed heavily to More Than Ever, while fellow beatmaker Lazerbeak executive produced both albums. The list of additional releases goes on — Cecil Otter’s three-song Dear Echo EP, Dessa’s single “Quinine,” etc. — but you get the picture: Doomtree’s still making major noise.

Readers’ Choice: Doomtree Records

Best Acoustic Performer Sam Cassidy

Best Album 'Wordless Wonder' by Real Numbers

Best Album Cover 'Bend Your Bones' by Fraea

Best Band Name Lazy Scorsese

Best Band to Break Up Frankie Teardrop

Best Club DJ DJ Keezy

Best Concert (Local) Communist Daughter record-release show at First Avenue (Nov. 11, 2016)

Best Concert (Touring) Kanye West at Xcel Energy Center (Oct. 10, 2016)

Best Concert Venue Palace Theatre

Best Cover Song 'Congratulations' by Dessa

Best Earworm 'Phone' by Lizzo

Best EP 'Nite Time' by Ness Nite

Best Hip-Hop Artist P.O.S

Best Hip-Hop Producer Travis Gorman

Best Hip-Hop Verse Finding Novyon on 'Cups' by Sean Anonymous & DJ Name

Best Jazz Artist Zacc Harris

Best Jazz Club Dakota Jazz Club

Best Jukebox Turf Club Clown Lounge

Best Karaoke The Infernal Singalong Machine at Grumpy's

Best Live Artist Lizzo

Best Metal Band Sunless

Best Compilation 'Sound Verite Records/IX Vol. 1 2016'

Best Music Controversy Pro-consent reimaging of 'Baby, It's Cold Outside' goes viral

Best Music Festival Eaux Claires

Best Music Residency Andrew Broder & People: A Residency for Music and Action at the Turf Club

Best Music TV Show 'The Lowertown Line'

Best Music Video "It's Good to Be Alive" by Mark Mallman

Best Music Video Director Mercies May

Best Musical Act of Protest Kitten Forever donate music sales to fight Trump

Best New Band Poolboy

Best Place to See a Show with Kids The Garage

Best R&B Artist Ness Nite

Best Record Store Day Location Flashlight Vinyl

Best Reunion Happy Apple

Best Rock Band Hippo Campus

Best Selling Out Hamburger Helper's 'Watch the Stove' mixtape

Best Single 'Kismet Kill' by Haley

Best Song to Cry To 'Someday We’ll Linger in the Sun' by Gaelynn Lea

Best Song to Have Sex To 'Full Court Press' by Tickle Torture & Velvet Negroni

Best Songwriter The Cactus Blossoms

Best Stage Style Finding Novyon

Best Venue to Close Mill City Nights

Best Venue to Open The Warming House

Best Vocalist Lady Midnight