Dorchester artists are well represented in the latest round of Boston Music Awards nominations, which rolled out last week, reflecting the robust music landscape that continues to grow in the neighborhood.
Cliff Notez, a multi-talented musician, filmmaker and artist with Dorchester roots, led the pack with seven nominations, including for Artist of the Year, Album of the Year for his sophomore effort “Why the Wild Things Are,” Live Music Stream of the Year for his media company’s “Hipstory House Party”, and Song of the Year for “Voodoo Doll,” his collaboration with Dephrase and fellow Dot native Latrell James.
James was also prevalent across the board after a busy year, receiving nods for Artist of the Year, Hip Hop Artist of the Year, and Singer-Songwriter of the Year.
Red Shaydez, an MC whose career germinated in Dorchester in recent years, earned nominations for Breakthrough Artist of the Year, Album of the Year for her recent project “Feel the Aura,” Hip Hop Artist of the Year, and 617Sessions Artist of the Year.
Dot native Brandie Blaze grabbed a nomination for Breakthrough Artist of the Year, while Fields Corner’s finest Cousin Stizz is up for Hip Hop Artist of the Year and fellow Dorchester artist $ean Wire received a nod for R&B Artist of the Year.
Dorchester Art Project, the Fields Corner gallery, live music venue, workshop, and studio space, played a role in several nominations as the incubator for several artists who are tenants or frequent collaborators at the space, including local talent like DJ Whysham, tapped for DJ of the Year, and Jay Hunt, who got a look for Photographer of the Year. DAP was also nominated for Intimate Live Music Venue of the Year, a title it claimed in 2019, as well as Music Publication of the Year for its newspaper, the Boston Compass.
As a glance at current and past BMA nominations will reveal, Dorchester is chock-full of talent and home to perennial contenders and winners at the awards show. The neighborhood’s recognition as an epicenter of the local music scene is only poised to grow.