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Best of the Twin Cities 2020: Music

Lolli Morlock

Lolli Morlock

The Twin Cities music scene can feel like it's in a state of suspended animation right now.

Live music remains a rare treat, with many of our favorite clubs pondering their unknown futures. Even recording can be tricky for bands that want to respect social distancing protocols.

So it's a good time to look back over the past year, to recall the best moments in local music, even if sometimes they seem like distant memories. And then we can get back to thinking about what we want the future to be like.

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Best Vocalist: Channy Leaneagh

Best Songwriter: Mary Bue

Best Live Artist: The Bad Man

Best Album: Lady Midnight, Death Before Mourning

Best Single: Lunch Duchess, “Cry Pt. II”

Best EP: niiice, Never Better

Best Compilation: Ear Coffee Charity Comp 2020

Best Album Cover: Partition, Prodigal Gun

Best Record Label: Shifting Paradigm

Best Song to Have Sex to: booboo, “Mango”

Best Song to Cry to: Graveyard Club, “It Hurts”

Best Cover Song: Another Heaven, "Running Up that Hill"

Best Earworm: Yam Haus, "Stargazer"

Best Hip-Hop Verse: Lexii Alijai, "Anthony"

Best Rock Band: Muun Bato

Best Metal Band: Obsequiae

Best R&B Artist: Velvet Negroni 

Best Jazz Artist: Mankwe Ndosi

Best Hip-Hop Artist: Taylor J

Best Producer: Psymun

Best Club DJ: DJ Truckstache

Best Event Promoter: Flip Phone

Best Band to Break Up: Sleep Debt

Best Acoustic Performer: Katy Vernon

Best Band Name: Dad Bod

Best New Band: Vial

Best Stage Style: Sophia Eris

Best Reunion: Tapes ‘n Tapes

Best Music Controversy: The Current fires Brian Oake

Best Selling Out: Lizzo’s "Juice" in a Bounty paper towel commercial 

Best Musical Act of Protest: Sounds of Blackness, “Sick and Tired”

Best Music Video Director: Paul von Stoetzel

Best Music Video: Gully Boys, "New Song No. 2”

Best Local Music Podcast: Back to the City

Best Music Festival: Moodhouse Fest

Best Concert (Local Artist): Nur-D at First Avenue

Best Concert (Touring): Mountain Goats at First Avenue

Best Concert Venue: Parkway Theater 

Best Venue to Open: Part Wolf

Best Venue to Close: Lee's Liquor Lounge

Best Jazz Club: Icehouse

Best Music Residency: Faarrow at the Cedar

Best Karaoke: Mortimer's Autotune Karaoke