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
    Songs for the Universe, Dangermuffin
  • Country/Americana Band of the Year
    The Travelin' Kine
  • Bassist of the Year
    Justin Harper
  • Bluegrass Band of the Year
    The Dunder Chiefs
  • Blues Artist of the Year
    Gaslight Street
  • DJ of the Year
    DJ Rehab
  • 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
    Mike Sivilli, Dangermuffin
  • Hip-Hop Artist of the Year
    Matt Monday
  • Jazz Artist of the Year
    Quentin Baxter
  • Metal/Punk Band of the Year
    Dumb Doctors
  • Pianist/Keyboardist of the Year
    Whitt Algar, Gaslight Street
  • Reggae Band of the Year
    The Dubplates
  • Rock Band of the Year
    Brave Baby
  • Singer/Songwriter of the Year
    Johnny Delaware
  • Song of the Year
    "Change in the Wind," The Travelin' Kine
  • Soul/R&B Artist of the Year
    Ben Fagan & The Holy City Hooligans
  • Up-and-Coming Act of the Year
    The High Divers
  • Music Video of the Year
    "Mary Ann and One-Eyed Dan," Shovels & Rope
Singer-Songwriter of the Year: Johnny Delaware
Singer-Songwriter of the Year: Johnny Delaware

The first time you see Johnny Delaware, even before you learn his assumed name, it's easy to imagine that he just stumbled into town from parts unknown. The slender guitarist and singer/songwriter has the style of a '70s country outlaw, whimsically long-haired, bearded, and bemused, something only accentuated when he sits at the piano or holds a guitar in his hand. — Kyle Petersen


Bassist of the Year: Justin Harper
Bassist of the Year: Justin Harper

Every Saturday morning as a kid, Justin Harper woke up to Motown playing on the stereo and chores waiting to be done. "We had to clean, but it got us through the day," says Harper, who was born into a heavily music-oriented family. The moving, grooving bass lines of those soulful classic songs burned into his soul, though he didn't realize it at the time. — Kalyn Oyer


Soul/R&B Band of the Year: Ben Fagan and the Holy City Hooligans and Percussionist of the Year: Quentin Ravenel
Soul/R&B Band of the Year: Ben Fagan and the Holy City Hooligans and Percussionist of the Year: Quentin Ravenel

"As soon as Q and I met, it was on like Donkey Kong," Ben Fagan says of his long-time partner in crime, Quentin Ravenel. Conceived in October of 2010, the Holy City Hooligans are all about sunshine, good vibes, and positive feelings. "We're built around the concept of creating unique music that's actually good for the soul, not just entertainment," says Fagan. — Kaleb Eisele


Reggae Band of the Year: The Dubplates
Reggae Band of the Year: The Dubplates

This has been a defining year for one of Charleston's most diverse bands. The Dubplates, a reggae/dancehall riddim band born and raised in Charleston, draws much of its identity from the diversity of both its members and its fanbase. — Kaleb Eisele


Blues Band of the Year: Gaslight Street
Blues Band of the Year: Gaslight Street

Gaslight Street certainly plays its share of blues, but the trio prefers to refer to their music as "roots." — Vincent Harris


Electronic/Experimental Artist of the Year: Human Resources
Electronic/Experimental Artist of the Year: Human Resources

While naming their band Human Resources is something drummer Matt Zutell, guitarist/vocalist Dries Vandenberg, bassist/vocalist Aaron Utterback, and keyboardist Paul Chelmis have had some fun with — like using Facebook posts as office memos and addressing their fans as their co-workers, for example — there's always the certain danger of being both unGoogleable and having some pretty boring action come your way, too. — Kelly Rae Smith


Music Video of the Year: Mary Ann and One-Eyed Dan, Shovels and Rope
Music Video of the Year: Mary Ann and One-Eyed Dan, Shovels and Rope

Great songs tell a story. Great music videos bring them to life. Music videos have the challenge of taking a song and building an entire world around it — one that lives and breathes and stands completely on its own. This is exactly what director and producer Kevin Hanley did with the video for "Mary Ann and One Eyed Dan" by Shovels & Rope. — Dustin Waters


Hip-Hop Artist of the Year: Matt Monday
Hip-Hop Artist of the Year: Matt Monday

Matt Monday discovered his lifelong passion for hip-hop thanks to church. Kind of. "There's a time before the actual service when I would run out to this basketball court eight blocks up to go rap," he says. "I knew the kids would be there — they used to rap on Sundays. They played ball, but they would rap, too. — Kelly Rae Smith


Guitarist of the Year: Mike Sivilli
Guitarist of the Year: Mike Sivilli

"They're making fun of me because I'm talking to you for this win," says Dangermuffin guitarist Mike Sivilli. "Plus I won guitar player of the year as well. I'll go sit outside on the porch, even though it's not sunny, so you can hear me." — Isaac Weeks


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