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
The 2019 City Paper Music Awards
The 2019 City Paper Music Awards

The City Paper Music Awards are here for another year, giving local music fans an opportunity to vote for their favorite local artists in two dozen diverse categories. — City Paper Staff


Electronic/Experimental Artist, Song, and Music Video of the Year: Sexbruise?
Electronic/Experimental Artist, Song, and Music Video of the Year: Sexbruise? "We are the most obscure world-famous sex band that we know of."

After finding out that they had once again received a CPMA for Electronic/Experimental Artist of the Year, Sexbruise? quickly called a band meeting to collectively gather their thoughts and to bask in the blacklight. — Kevin Wilson


Album of the Year: Benjamin Starr, <i>A Water Album</i>
Album of the Year: Benjamin Starr, A Water Album

On June 19, Benny Starr’s latest release, A Water Album, answered a question critical minds may have posed during the LP’s near-sold out live recording at the Charleston Music Hall. Will this album have the same meaning, the same aura when removed from its convivial live atmosphere and put on a home speaker? — Heath Ellison


Metal Band of the Year: Circle Back
Metal Band of the Year: Circle Back

It seems as though this recognition was the perfect way to encapsulate what had already been a big year for Circle Back. — Kevin Wilson


Up-and-Coming Artist of the Year: Southbound 17
Up-and-Coming Artist of the Year: Southbound 17

The country and folk band has taken a stripped-back approach to their music and songwriting, and it has landed them the award for Up-and-Coming Band of the Year. — Matt Keady


Punk band of the Year: Florida Man
Punk band of the Year: Florida Man

Florida Man took the 2019 CPMA for Punk Band of the Year thanks in part to their new album, Tropical Depression, a relentless eight-song slab of roaring guitar noise, guttural vocals, and shifting, propulsive rhythms. — Vincent Harris


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