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Best Musical Act of Protest

Sounds of Blackness, 'Sick and Tired'

Local musicians have spent the most tumultuous year in recent Minneapolis history in the thick of the action—protesting, organizing benefits, raising funds, acting as medics, and delivering supplies. And, of course, they’ve been making music. Of all the musical responses to George Floyd’s murder, however, the fiercest came not from any young punks or rappers, but from a storied Twin Cities musical institution. Sounds of Blackness director Gary Hines dipped into a well of anger that his Grammy-winning choir rarely expresses for this Juneteenth-released song, with the great Jamecia Bennett front and center and an unflinching lyric placing it in the long tradition of Black protest.

Best Vocalist Channy Leaneagh

Best Songwriter Mary Bue

Best Live Artist The Bad Man

Best Album Lady Midnight, 'Death Before Mourning'

Best Single Lunch Duchess, 'Cry Pt. II'

Best EP niiice, 'Never Better'

Best Compilation 'Ear Coffee Charity Comp 2020'

Best Album Cover Partition, 'Prodigal Gun'

Best Record Label Shifting Paradigm

Best Song to Have Sex to booboo, 'Mango'

Best Song to Cry to Graveyard Club, 'It Hurts'

Best Cover Song Another Heaven, 'Running Up That Hill'

Best Earworm Yam Haus, 'Stargazer'

Best Hip-Hop Verse Lexii Alijai, 'Anthony'

Best Rock Band Muun Bato

Best Metal Band Obsequiae

Best R&B Artist Velvet Negroni

Best Jazz Artist Mankwe Ndosi

Best Hip-Hop Artist Taylor J

Best Producer Psymun

Best Club DJ DJ Truckstache

Best Event Promoter Flip Phone

Best Band to Break Up Sleep Debt

Best Acoustic Performer Katy Vernon

Best Band Name Dad Bod

Best New Band Vial

Best Stage Style Sophia Eris

Best Reunion Tapes ’n Tapes

Best Music Controversy The Current fires Brian Oake

Best Selling Out Lizzo’s 'Juice' in a Bounty paper towel commercial

Best Music Video Director Paul von Stoetzel

Best Music Video Gully Boys, 'New Song No. 2'

Best Local Music Podcast Back to the City

Best Music Festival Moodhouse Fest

Best Concert (Local Artist) Nur-D at First Avenue

Best Concert (Touring) Mountain Goats at First Avenue

Best Concert Venue Parkway Theater

Best Venue to Open Part Wolf

Best Venue to Close Lee’s Liquor Lounge

Best Jazz Club Icehouse

Best Music Residency Faarrow at the Cedar

Best Karaoke Mortimer’s Auto-Tune Karaoke