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NOTE: Voting has closed for the 2020 City Paper Music Awards.

Want to help honor the best of the diverse music offerings in the Charleston area? Vote now through Oct. 23 in the annual City Paper Music Awards.

The City Paper Music Awards (CPMA) are the Charleston music community’s chance to honor the year’s best local musicians and creative minds across a variety of categories including Artist of the Year, Hip-Hop Artist of the Year, Singer-Songwriter of the Year and more.

Since this is 2020, we’re doing things a little differently this time around. This year, we’re offering a single round of voting from among some of the best of the best. We convened local musicians across all genres, including past CPMA winners, to assemble notable performers in each category. The result is a collection of exciting and innovative musicians pushed ahead in 2020, despite a worldwide pandemic.

NEW: We also added a special category, Livestream/Social Distanced Concert of the Year. We hope to never see again in the future (at least in this form).

You’ll also notice some categories have been cut. They’re not gone forever — these are all changes we’ll revisit in 2021.

The City Paper Music Awards honor Charleston’s top musicians across more than a dozen categories each year. Voting is open at through Oct. 23. Winners will be announced in our Nov. 16, 2020, issue.