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2016 City Paper Music Awards

Charleston's Favorite Musicians

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Welcome, lovers of local music. The City Paper Music Awards are back for more, and this time we've made a few changes. Since the Holy City has plenty of both metal and punk bands to go around, we separated that one-time punk/metal category into two awards this year. And because of the growing number of legit studios and kickass producers around town, we also added a brand new category for Producer/Studio of the Year.

Thanks to the many folks out there who not only cast their CPMA votes in categories new and old, but who also supported the local music scene this past year by showing up at venues, buying music and merch, and sharing your love on the interwebs. Special shoutout to all who are doing their part to ensure Charleston has a diverse scene, where all members of this community are treated fairly and adored equally. We can't wait to celebrate that diversity with you at the CPMA party and winners' showcase on Mon. Nov. 14 at the Pour House, where nearly 50 local musicians will perform, juxtaposing jazz with metal, jam with hip-hop, folk with reggae, and more. —Kelly Rae Smith

  • 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