NEW YORK MUSIC AWARDS™
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2011 NEW YORK MUSIC AWARDS ™ WINNERS

For ten years, the New York Music Awards honored New York-based and New York-identified artists, in 50+ categories, and has been credited for helping break then-burgeoning genres like hip-hop and Latin freestyle into the mainstream.  Its impressive collection of participants, presenters, performers and winners range from Miles Davis to the Ramones, Lou Reed to Billy Joel and Cyndi Lauper to Paul Simon. Adding great credibility to the NYMAs is its past winners of the Best Unsigned Artist and Rising Star categories, including Whitney Houston, Vanessa Williams, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Joan Osborne, and L. L. Cool J, who were all relatively unknown when first introduced by the NYMAs.  Artists like Madonna and Mary J. Blige received their first-ever awards from the NYMAs. Genre-busting hip-hop artist Kalae All Day now joins that illustrious group of musical superstars, with the announcement of the 2010-11 New York Music Award winners. 

 

Highlights of the 2011 New York Music Awards winners include a Hall of Fame nod for Gil Scott-Heron, for his remarkable comeback after 15 years, Collecting the most wins is Lady Gaga, who scored 9 awards including “Artist of the Year.” “Debut Artist of the Year” Nicki Minaj was next with 5 wins, and she was closely followed by LCD Soundsystem, winner of 4 awards including “Band of the Year,” and the Scissor Sisters, also with 4 wins. Other multiple winners include Sleigh Bells (3 awards) and three-time winner Kelis, who won in the R&B, Dance and Video categories. “Best Rock Band,” “Best Rock Single” and “Best Rock Vocalist” recognition went to Vampire Weekend. Other multiple winners include Alicia Keys, Sharon Jones, Barbra Streisand, Marc Anthony, Cyndi Lauper, Mose Allison, Judy Collins, and Lili Anel, who scored big in the jazz and singer-songwriter categories.

 

In the past, there were many years when the NYMAs were dominated by Top-40 acts, but this year the dominant trend is indie and alternative acts such as the National, the Walkmen, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Yeasayer, Suckers, Hold Steady, MGMT, and the Scissor Sisters. In honor of that trend, a new category was created for “Best Brooklyn Band.” The winner of that extremely competitive category was the Hold Steady.

 

Nominations were made by music journalists, music-industry representatives, and the public in an open-nomination ballot, and the top finalists and winners were determined by a combined music-industry/music critic vote.

 

Here are the winners. We’re looking forward to the New York Music Awards ceremony, which will be held in Spring 2015, honoring winners from the 2014/15.

 

 

 

2011 NEW YORK MUSIC AWARDS WINNERS

 

HALL OF FAME

Gil Scott-Heron

 

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Lady Gaga

 

BAND OF THE YEAR

LCD Soundsystem

 

DEBUT ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Nicki Minaj

 

DEBUT BAND OF THE YEAR

Sleigh Bells

 

RISING STAR

Kalae All Day

 

BEST UNSIGNED ARTIST

Alice Tan Ridley

 

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

LCD Soundsystem, This Is Happening

 

EP OF THE YEAR

The Pierces, Love You More

 

VIDEO ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Lady Gaga

BEST MALE VOCALIST

Rufus Wainwright

BEST FEMALE VOCALIST

Mariah Carey

 

BEST POP ALBUM

Lady Gaga, The Fame Monster

 

BEST FEMALE POP ARTIST

Lady Gaga

 

BEST MALE POP ARTIST

Ryan Star

 

BEST POP SINGLE

Lady Gaga “Bad Romance”

 

BEST POP COLLABORATION

Lady Gaga & Beyonce, “Telephone”

 

BEST POP VIDEO

Lady Gaga & Beyonce, “Telephone”

 

BEST POP/ROCK COMPILATION

Suzanne Vega, Close Up Volumes 1 & 2

 

BEST MALE ROCK VOCALIST
Ezra Koenig, Vampire Weekend

BEST FEMALE ROCK VOCALIST

Regina Spektor


BEST ROCK BAND

Vampire Weekend

 

BEST ROCK SINGLE
Vampire Weekend “Holiday”

 

BEST LIVE ROCK BAND

Gogol Bordello

 

BEST ROCK VIDEO

LCD Soundsystem “Drunk Girls”

 

BEST FEMALE HIP-HOP ARTIST

Nicki Minaj

 

BEST MALE HIP-HOP ARTIST

Joell Ortiz

 

BEST HIP-HOP ALBUM

Reflection Eternal (Talib Kweli/Hi-Tek), Revolutions Per Minute

 

BEST DEBUT HIP-HOP ALBUM

Nicki Minaj, Pink Friday

 

BEST HIP-HOP SINGLE

Fabolous “You Be Killen Em”

 

BEST DEBUT HIP-HOP SINGLE

Nicki Minaj, “Your Love”

 

BEST HIP-HOP ALBUM COLLABORATION
Nas & Damien Marley, Distant Relatives

 

BEST HIP-HOP VIDEO

Fabolous, “You Be Killen Em”

 

BEST FEATURED HIP-HOP ARTIST

Nicki Minaj, Kanye West’s “Monster”

 

BEST SINGLE BY HIP-HOP GROUP/DUO

Lloyd Banks/ Juelz Santana, “Beamer, Benz or Bently”

 

BEST FEMALE R&B ARTIST

Mary J. Blige

 

BEST MALE R&B MALE ARTIST

John Legend

 

BEST R&B SINGLE

Alicia Keys, “Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart”

 

BEST R&B SONGWRITER

Alicia Keys

 

BEST R&B ALBUM

Kelis, Flesh Tone

 

BEST R&B LIVE PERFORMANCE

Mary J. Blige, “Hard Times Come Again No More” Hope for Haiti Now telethon

 

BEST R&B VIDEO

Kelis “Acapella”

 

BEST ALTERNATIVE FEMALE VOCALIST

Laurie Anderson

 

BEST ALTERNATIVE MALE VOCALIST

Antony Geraty (Antony and the Johnsons)

 

BEST ALTERNATIVE FRONTPERSON

Jake Shears, Scissor Sisters

 

BEST ALTERNATIVE BAND

Scissor Sisters

 

BEST ALTERNATIVE ALBUM BY A SOLO ARTIST

Laurie Anderson, Homeland

 

BEST ALTERNATIVE ALBUM BY A BAND

MGMT, Congratulations

 

BEST DEBUT ALTERNATIVE ALBUM

Ghost of the Sabre Tooth Tiger, Jardin du Luxembourg

 

BEST AMERICANA ALBUM 

James Maddock, Sunrise on Avenue C

 

BEST FEMALE AMERICANA VOCALIST

Allison Moorer

 

BEST MALE AMERICANA VOCALIST

Justin Townes Earle

 

BEST DEBUT AMERICANA VOCALIST

James Maddock

 

BEST MALE SINGER-SONGWRITER

Freedy Johnston

 

BEST FEMALE SINGER-SONGWRITER

Lili Anel

 

BEST DEBUT SINGER-SONGWRITER

Lucy Wainwright Roche

 

BEST FEMALE FOLK ARTIST

Judy Collins

 

BEST MALE FOLK ARTIST

Steve Earle

 

BEST FOLK ALBUM

Judy Collins, Paradise

 

BEST FOLK COMPILATION

Bob Dylan, The Witmark Demos

 

BEST FOLK GROUP
Peter Stampfel & Friends

 

BEST INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM

Toby Walker, Speechless For Once

 

BEST JAZZ ALBUM BY A MALE ARTIST

Mose Allison, Way of the World

 

BEST JAZZ ALBUM BY A FEMALE 

Lili Anel, Every Second In Between

 

BEST FEMALE JAZZ VOCALIST

Lili Anel

 

BEST MALE JAZZ VOCALIST

Mose Allison

 

BEST FEMALE SOUL ARTIST

Sharon Jones

 

BEST MALE SOUL ARTIST

Gil Scott-Heron

 

BEST SOUL GROUP

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings

 

BEST SOUL ALBUM

Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, I Learned the Hard Way

 

BEST POP/SOUL SINGER

Kristina Train

 

BEST TRADITIONAL POP ALBUM

Barbra Streisand, Love is the Answer

 

BEST FEMALE TRADITIONAL POP VOCALIST

Barbra Streisand

 

BEST MALE TRADITIONAL POP VOCALIST

Neil Diamond

 

BEST CONCERT

Jay-Z at Yankee Stadium

 

BEST LATIN VOCALIST

Marc Anthony

 

BEST LATIN ALBUM

Marc Anthony, Iconos

 

BEST MALE BLUES ARTIST

Mose Allison

 

BEST FEMALE BLUES ARTIST

Cyndi Lauper

 

BEST BLUES ALBUM

Cyndi Lauper, Memphis Blues

 

BEST LIVE BLUES ARTIST

Robert Ross

 

BEST FEMALE TV/BROADWAY VOCALIST

Lea Michele, Glee

 

BEST MALE TV/BROADWAY VOCALIST

Constantine Mouralis, Rock of Ages

 

BEST POP-ELECTRONIC ALBUM

LCD Soundsystem, This is Happening

 

BEST LIVE RECORDING

Regina Spektor, Live In London

 

INDIE ALBUM OF THE YEAR

The National, High Violet

 

BEST INDIE ROCK GROUP

The Walkmen

 

BEST MALE INDIE ROCK VOCALIST

Quinn Walker, Suckers

 

BEST FEMALE INDIE ROCK VOCALIST

Alexis Krauss, Sleigh Bells

 

BEST INDIE VIDEO

Sleigh Bells, “Infinity Guitars”

 

BEST INDIE RISING STAR

The Drums

 

BEST MUSIC-COMEDY ARTIST

Reggie Watts

 

BEST MUSIC-COMEDY GROUP

Lonely Island

BEST HARDCORE BAND

Sick of it All, Based on a True Story

 

BEST BROOKLYN ROCK BAND
The Hold Steady

 

BEST CLUB BAND

Scissor Sisters

 

BEST METAL ALBUM

Helmet, Seeing Eye Dog

 

BEST DANCE REMIX

A-Trak, Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ “Heads Will Roll”

 

BEST FEMALE DANCE ARTIST

Lady Gaga

 

BEST MALE DANCE ARTIST

Jake Shears, Scissor Sisters

 

BEST DANCE ALBUM

Scissor Sisters, Night Work

 

BEST DANCE SINGLE

Kelis, “Acapella”

 

BEST FREESTYLE DJ

DJ KYS

 

BEST DANCE/REMIX ALBUM

Lady Gaga, The Remix

BEST MUSIC WEBSITE

www.Birthplacemag.com

 

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