Boston native Joey McIntyre will host the 15th annual Boston Music Awards (BMAs) at the city’s 2,700-seat Orpheum Theatre on Thursday (April 11). Acts scheduled to perform at the event include Godsmack, American Hi-Fi, Reveille, Bill Morrissey, Kay Hanley, Tracy Bonham, Tribe of Judah, Must, the Sheila Devine, Mission Of Burma, and, of course, McIntyre.
Staind, Aerosmith, and American Hi-Fi lead the pack of 162 BMA nominees with seven nominations each, with Godsmack close behind with six. Other major label acts receiving multiple nominations include LFO (three), Jo Dee Messina (two), Vertical Horizon (two), Rivers Cuomo of Weezer (two), Reveille (two), and Carly Simon (two).
McIntyre, who released his second solo album Meet Joe Mac last year, revealed that although he performed at some of the largest arenas in the world during his days with the New Kids On The Block, he now enjoys playing at more intimate venues with a live band backing him: “I could be on the road with a manager and maybe an assistant and one little DAT (Digital Audio Tape), and go on and open for something like *NSYNC or one of those young groups and perform for 80,000 people a night, or something like that…and so be it. But I’d much rather play the House Of Blues with a kick-ass band, and be on my bus and groovin’ and beating to my own drum. That’s where it’s at,” he said.
The BMAs celebrate the diversity of the Boston music scene, and the event is the highlight of the NEMO Music Showcase & Conference. Nominees for the BMAs in 38 categories were selected by a committee of 500 music-industry professionals. The categories cover a wide range of genres, including rock, folk, rap, hip-hop, blues, country, pop, world, jazz, and funk.