Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Hip-Hop Artist


P.O.S made a triumphant, innovative return to the hip-hop scene in 2017 with Chill, Dummy, his first solo album since his 2014 kidney transplant. The Doomtree co-founder took his time with the record, and the resulting collection is among the best of his impressive career. The beats are experimental and inventive, lending urgency to P.O.S’ potent rhymes. The LP is rounded out by a wide array of guests — including Kathleen Hanna, Lizzo, Busdriver, Allan Kingdom, and current Best Vocalist Lady Midnight — all of whom add distinctive flair to the fiery tracks. The punk-rock ethos of P.O.S’ early work with Building Better Bombs courses through his style of hip-hop; he injects his beats with an incisive edge and his rhymes boldly express an abrasive world view. But throughout his discography, there’s a guarded sense of optimism, the belief that there’s a better way forward. On Chill, Dummy, there’s also an underlying expression of gratitude to all those who helped him get back to rocking microphones and tearing up stages. 

Readers’ Choice: Lizzo

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 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 Label Doomtree Records

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