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The New York Music Awards™ began in 1986, with a sold-out debut at Madison Square Garden, to honor musical artists who are from New York, who live in New York or who established themselves in New York and are New York-identified.


Since its inception, the New York Music Awards™ and its New York Music Hall of Fame have featured nationally and internationally renowned artists as well as up-and-coming musicians from many popular genres of music in more than 60 categories, as well as special live performances.


With SRO-only shows at the Beacon Theatre each year, the New York Music Awards™ featuring the New York Music Hall of Fame, has been critically acclaimed for introducing and predicting musical trends and celebrating the best of New York’s music. The ceremony honors artists representing a wide spectrum of music, from superstars to street singers, ranging from rock and pop to hip-hop and folk—and everything in between. The NYMAs introduced "new" artists such as Whitney Houston, Vanessa Williams, Joan Osborne, L. L. Cool J, Mariah Carey and Mary J. Blige, and has been credited for first helping to introduce the burgeoning hip-hop and Latin freestyle to the mainstream. From Madonna to Mary J. Blige, the first awards they ever received were from the New York Music Awards. The New York Music Hall of Fame includes Paul Simon, Billy Joel, John Lennon, the Ramones, L.L. Cool J, Madonna, Public Enemy, Hilly Krystal, Bill Graham, Laura Nyro and more.  


“Being respected in your hometown is incredible. Hometown! I love the New York Music Awards.”

L.L. Cool J


“The New York Music Awards supported me from the beginning of my career. I hope I can live up to the honor of growing from ‘Rising Star’ to the ‘Artist of the Year.’”

Vanessa Williams


“This Award means a lot to me. It’s a special honor being recognized by your hometown.”

Billy Joel


“This show and this award are really cool. It is a great honor and I’m really proud.”

Joey Ramone


Musical artists and other music industry movers and shakers who participated, performed and were honored over the years include: Anthrax, B-52s, Beastie Boys, Pat Benatar, Mary J. Blige, Michael Bolton, C+C Music Factory, Mariah Carey, Betty Carter, Marc Cohn, Judy Collins, Shawn Colvin, Celia Cruz, Roger Daltrey, Miles Davis, Taylor Dayne, De La Soul, Marianne Faithfull, Debbie Gibson, Bill Graham/Fillmore, Lou Gramm/Foreigner, Arlo Guthrie, Debbie Harry, Richie Havens, Sophie B. Hawkins, Nona Hendryx, Whitney Houston, Kid N’ Play, Mayor Ed Koch, Lenny Kravitz, Hilly Krystal/CBGB, Billy Joel, L.L. Cool J, Cyndi Lauper, Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, Darlene Love, John Lurie, M.C. Lyte, Madonna, Manhattan Transfer, Taj Mahal, Meatloaf, Natalie Merchant/10,000 Maniacs, Laura Nyro, Sinead O’Connor, Rosie O’ Donnell, Odetta, Yoko Ono, Tito Puente, Public Enemy, the Ramones, Lou Reed, Busta Rhymes, Salt -N-Pepa, John Sebastian, Paul Shaffer, Russell Simmons, Carly Simon, Paul Simon, Patti Smith, the Smithereens, Phoebe Snow, Sonic Youth, Ronnie Spector, Howard Stern, Donna Summer, Raven Symone, John Tesh, They Might Be Giants, Luther Vandross, Suzanne Vega, Vanessa Williams, and hundreds of others.


The New York Music Awards™ is an exciting awards presentation featuring unforgettable performances by the best in the business. Critically acclaimed, the New York Music Awards was called "Better than the Grammys" by The New York Times and highly praised by the New York Daily News, Billboard, U.S.A Today, New York Post, Newsday, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Tonight, MTV News and other national and international media.


And now, after a brief time away, we are back!!!



The 2016 New York Music Awards™, celebrating New York and its music, will return with its Award Ceremony and Concert in November 2016. 

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