PHOTOS: The 2018 City Paper Music Award Winners 

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Hip-hop artist of the year: Abstract That Rapper

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“I’m just a kid from Georgetown who wanted to rap,” Abstract the Rapper says. “Wherever they gave me a mic, I took it.”
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Singer-songwriter of the year: Becca Smith

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"I’ve always tried to stay true to myself,” Becca Smith says, "and I can’t help but have that reflect in my music. Even if I don’t have all the answers, I’m just sort of trying to follow my heart.”
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Metal Band of the Year: Down Under

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“We’re at this point now where we’re picking up a good bit more wind,” says drummer James Davenport. “I thought it was just going to be a garage band type of deal, but we’re definitely making some moves.”
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Guitarist of the Year: Jay Van Raalte

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“To me, playing music isn’t just you by yourself; it’s a conversation, an interaction with the people you’re playing with. And so, when everything is going right, and you feel that energy with your bandmates, that’s really when the change happens."
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R&B/Soul Act of the Year: Little Bird

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“It was a transformation into a new band,” James Rubush says, “Having a six-piece band changed our songwriting style, so our entire sound has changed.”
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Bluegrass Band of the Year: Marshgrass Mamas

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“Primarily we’re a bunch of girlfriends who got together 16 years ago and just started having ‘chick picks," says Kristen Meierer, “We’ll play out when we can, and when we can’t, we try to get together on one of these Johns Island front porches.”
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Country/Americana Band of the Year: Michael Martin & the Beautiful Mess

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"And we know [what's on the radio] isn’t country music, and that’s one of the reasons we call what we do country," says Michael Martin.
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Up-and-Coming Artist of the Year: Warrick McZeke

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“It’s been a roller coaster of me trying to keep up with the dynamics of having a full-time job and transitioning into music," Warrick McZeke says of his swift rise.
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Reggae Band of the Year: Well Charged

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"We try to appeal to more of the underground crowd than the poolside crowd," says drummer John Picard.
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Hip-hop artist of the year: Abstract That Rapper

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