It's that time of year again when we celebrate the many hours local musicians have spent relentlessly crafting songs in studios, garages, and living rooms and performing on stages from here to Europe. Thanks to all of you for bringing your art to our ears and to all the fans out there who do what they can to support the music, whether it's by hosting a house show, buying merch, or voting for your favorites in the City Paper Music Awards. We're particularly proud of the brand-new category, Video of the Year, and are excited to announce the victors both here and at the winners showcase at the Pour House this Saturday. Hope to see you there.

  • Album of the Year
    Toogoodoo, Stop Light Observations
  • Country/Americana Band of the Year
    The Travelin' Kine
  • Bassist of the Year
    Will Mahoney, Stop Light Observations
  • Bluegrass Band of the Year
    Dallas Baker & Friends
  • Blues Artist of the Year
    Jump Castle Riot
  • DJ of the Year
    Party Dad
  • Drummer/Percussionist of the Year
    Quentin Ravenel, Ben Fagan & the Holy City Hooligans
  • Electronic/Experimental Band of the Year
    Human Resources
  • Guitarist of the Year
    Wallace Mullinax, Dead 27s
  • Hip-Hop Artist of the Year
    Little Stranger
  • Music Video of the Year
    "Chillin' on the Beach with My Best Friend Jesus Christ," SUSTO
  • Jazz Artist of the Year
    Charlton Singleton
  • MetalBand of the Year
    Godwin Falcon
  • Punk Band of the Year
    Dumb Doctors
  • Pianist/Keyboardist of the Year
    John-Keith Culbreth, Stop Light Observations
  • Reggae Band of the Year
    Ben Fagan & The Holy City Hooligans
  • Rock Band of the Year
    Dead 27s
  • Jam Band of the Year
    Dangermuffin
  • Singer/Songwriter of the Year
    She Returns From War
  • Song of the Year
    "What a Waste," Dead 27s
  • Soul/R&B Artist of the Year
    Ben Fagan & The Holy City Hooligans
  • Up-and-Coming Act of the Year
    Jump Castle Riot
  • Studio/Producer of the Year
    Wolfgang Zimmerman
Rock Band of the Year: Dead 27s
Rock Band of the Year: Dead 27s

By this point, it's safe to say that the people of Charleston like the Dead 27s (see the 2014 CPMAs, when the band took home four accolades), and it's easy to see why when you have a song like "What a Waste." It's just plain fun to listen to. — Heath Ellison


Album of the Year: Toogoodoo, Stop Light Observations
Album of the Year: Toogoodoo, Stop Light Observations

The first time we'd even heard of Stop Light Observations was during the 2012 CPMAs — not because they were on the ballot, but because they were not on the ballot. Scores of the band's fans commented on the ballot link on our site, getting our attention by demanding that the paper redo the ballot. — Kelly Rae Smith


Bluegrass Band of the Year: Dallas Baker & Friends
Bluegrass Band of the Year: Dallas Baker & Friends

While inspiration has fueled many musicians' careers, few on the local music scene can be said to follow it quite as frequently as Dallas Baker. The ink had barely dried on the 2014 CPMA issues celebrating his work with Big John Belly as Up-and-Coming Act of the Year when he announced his departure to concentrate on his then side gig, Dallas Baker & Friends. Now Bluegrass Band of the Year, Dallas Baker & Friends don't stop at bluegrass. — Isaac Weeks


Up-and-Coming Band of the Year: Jump Castle Riot
Up-and-Coming Band of the Year: Jump Castle Riot

They're thrilled about winning both awards, but Jump Castle Riot were a little shocked to hear that their Up-and-Coming Band of the Year win was accompanied by a Blues Act of the Year win. —


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