Aerosmith, Staind, and American Hi-Fi each earned seven nominations to lead this year’s field for the Boston Music Awards. The trio will go head to head in the act of the year, album of the year, rock band, single of the year, song of the year, and video of the year categories, while frontmen Steven Tyler (Aerosmith), Stacy Jones (American Hi-Fi), and Aaron Lewis (Staind) are all listed in the male vocalist group. This year’s awards ceremony takes place April 11 at Boston’s Orpheum Theatre.
Other multiple nominees include Godsmack with six (act of the year, rock band, single of the year, song of the year, and video of the year categories, with lead singer Sully Erna also up for male vocalist honors); LFO with three (act of the year, album of the year, and single of the year); Vertical Horizon with two (single of the year and male vocalist); Weezer with two (song of the year and male vocalist); Carly Simon with two (song of the year and female vocalist); and country star Jo Dee Messina with two (single of the year and female vocalist).
Single nominations went to acts including Rob Zombie (album of the year), the Mighty Mighty Bosstones (rock band), Tantric singer Hugo Ferreira (male vocalist), and Tracy Bonham and former Letters To Cleo lead Kay Hanley (both for female vocalist).
At last year’s ceremony, Godsmack took home four awards-Erna grabbed top male vocalist honors, Awake won for best album, and the entire group took home trophies for outstanding rock band and act of the year.
When Godsmack was starting out, Erna revealed his experience in the Boston music scene led to the band’s national exposure. “I always stayed in contact with the people I worked with in the past, and club owners-any little bits that would help the band become established in the New England area. I had a little bit of an idea, but of course once you really get into the bulk of it, we’ve already exceeded levels that I’ve never been to before.”