Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Music Controversy

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

Ever realize how rape-y “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” sounds? Twentysomething Twin Cities singer-songwriters Lydia Liza and Josiah Lemanski did, so they went ahead and reimagined the Christmas classic with a pro-consent spin. “You never figure out if she gets to go home,” Liza told CNN of the character from the 1944 holiday standard. “You never figure out if there was something in her drink. It just leaves you with a bad taste in your mouth.” Solution: She rewrote lines like “I oughtta say no, no, no sir (You mind if I move in closer)” into ones like “I ought to say no, no, no (you reserve the right to say no).” The track went crazy viral, with outlets like NPR, Huffington Post, and TIME writing it up, though the “less sexually aggressive” remix spurred some backlash. “This is the musical version of going into an art museum and spray painting all the nudes,” reads one YouTube comment, while other online detractors promoted a more innocent reading of the original. So much for peace, love, and joy.

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 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