Candace Avery established the Boston Music Awards in 1987 to pay tribute to the city’s finest performers. Since 1988, the Boston Music Awards has been less of a traditional awards show and more of rolling party with multiple stages and extended sets from nominated artists.The Boston Music Awards is the longest running regional music awards show in the country, and celebrated its 20th Anniversary in 2007.
The first Boston Music Awards was a huge success at the Wang Theatre. The BMA debuted with local pop stars. The New Kids On The Block headlined the sold out show. The Boston Music Awards continued for 16 years under the leadership of Candace Avery.
Chip Rives purchased the Boston Music Awards in 2003, and moved the the BMA to the Avalon. In 2007, the Boston Music Awards changed location again to the Orpheum Theatre. in 2008, the BMAs alligned with Music Drives Us, and the Awards moved to the Roxy/Pearl Bar — Under Bar. The 2009 Boston Music Awards moved to Boston's Liberty Hotel, where the Boston Music Cummunity has gathered each November.
Past performers and attendees at the Boston Music Awards include Aerosmith, Godsmack, The Cars, Phish, Guster, Morphine, G Love & Special Sauce, Aimee Mann, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Tracy Bonham, Boston, J Geils Band, New Kids on the Block, Bobby Brown, James Taylor, Carly Simon and many others.