Eligible to artists that released a music video — either performance or scripted — in 2020. This award will recognize the artist, director, and / or production company. Sponsored by Rob Ianuario Law Firm.
2020-21 Winner: TommyBlaze336 – “Whatchu Need?” (directed by Irick Images)
Whiskey-soaked honky tonk band The Piedmont Boys started out in Greenville over a decade ago by frontman Greg Payne. They’ve played hundreds of shows, logged thousands of miles, released four albums, toured half the continental U.S., and shared stages with
Upstate-based rapper AEO released three new singles in 2020 — “Never Promised”, “I’m Not Alone”, and “Potential”, the latter of which includes a video shot by InVogue Photography.
Creating early auditory connections might be the last thing parents think they’re doing when casually deciding between Joan Jett or The Rolling Stones to play on the car ride to school. The commercials using radio rock as background music, old
Black River Rebels are a high-energy rock ‘n’ roll band based in Greenville. They released their new single “Rosenbridge” in 2020 accompanied by a video directed and produced by Brando Jones Films.
Simpsonville native Joshua David (also known as Phoenjx) is an 18 year old aspiring artist who often expresses his pain through music. He began taking his art seriously in March of 2019. Although starting his career on SoundCloud, Phoenjx quickly
Aubrey Key is a Jonesville based indie rock musician. “Self Quarantined” was released at the beginning of the pandemic in March of 2020 with a video shortly following.
Greenville singer-songwriter Hunter Laird’s music brings high emotion and encapsulating lyrics. His strong and emotional vocal style draws you in from the first note. Lyrics written from past experiences draw in a wide audience and make his music relatable to
Teyon Demitrius Knight, known professionally as Lö Indigo, is a southern alternative hip hop artist/songwriter born in Brevard, North Carolina and now living in Greenville. He started recording features with other South Carolina artists under the alias Kid the Philosopher
888shiva is an alternative rapper from Greenville. In 2020, he released a new EP called F8 — which “Holy Hell” is taken from. The video is directed by Shotbysyn.
Originally from Greensboro, NC and now based in Greenville, rapper TommyBlaze336 has branched out from his group, “The Good Dope,” with whom he initially found success in 2017. Gritty bars and powerful delivery carve out a sound uniquely his own.
Caffeine Genius is an Upstate-based alternative rock project started by Hinder guitarist, Mark Austin King. The music is influenced by 90’s alternative rock music, especially Weezer and Ben Folds.
“Kick It” appears on the debut EP from Caffeine Genius —
Gothic metal duo Valentine Wolfe consists of electric upright bass and voice. The Greenville-based outfit writes songs about the macabre — while their latest album, Only Gossamer My Gown, was released on Halloween of 2020.
Taken from that record,
Maxx Good$ is a Greenville-based hip hop artist. In 2020, he released a new single titled “#icantbreathe” and a collaboration track with DJ DollaMenu (“Hot Sauce!”). His latest effort “REIGN” dropped in December with an accompanying video directed by Alejandro
One of the founders of Spartanburg’s Dirty-Burg-Entertainment (D.B.E.), Jessie has been one of the faces of the Upstate’s recent resurgence of rap music. For several years now, his collective has been everywhere from radio, tv, festival appearances, national act show
Rhea Deléo is an up-and-coming electronic music artist based in Spartanburg. In January 2020, she released her debut single “Walk Away” produced by Kaleb Alexander of Melodic Mess Studio. The official music video released on Valentine’s Day and was directed
Kmoney is an Upstate-based rapper.
Dirty is an Upstate-based rapper. His new Lifeline EP released in early 2020, which features Dirty’s single “Is It Real”. The video was shot and produced by Crackstation Films.
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Greenville country singer-songwriter Jeff Anderson draws inspiration from artists like Dwight Yoakam, Arron Tippin and Ernest Tubb — filtered through his 90’s alternative rock roots. With his debut song “It Is What It Is,” which released in the Winter of
Black Mountain Moonshine Mafia is a backwoods country rock and roll band from the Upstate. They released three singles in 2020 — including “Bring Back Yesterday”, which was shot and directed by Brando Jones Films.
mOody bLaCk is an Upstate-based motivational speaker, national award winning poet and host, TEDx performer, SmartArts Teaching Artist, visual, and Hip-Hop artist, actor, comedian, story teller, and photographer. His new album Manifest dropped in July of 2020. “This Life” is
xstreetcatx is an experimental noisey memecore project from the Upstate. They released several tracks in 2020, including “Bread Monkey Destruction Town” with the video shot and produced by Dylan Fipps of Parris Bridge.
With his positive message and loving energy, Kirby Bright inspires listeners to get in the zone with his lo-fi frequencies intertwined with bass-moving bangers. A true modern day renaissance man from Taylors, Kirby’s uniqueness and diverse skills are sure to
Parris Bridge is a rock band with alternative, punk, and metal influences based out of Greenville. The band’s lineup includes bassist Andrew Doolittle, lead guitarist Josh Bishop, drummer Christian Tucker, guitarist and vocalist Dylan Fipps, and lead vocalist Scott Beardsley.
DJ Swale is a globetrotting rapper currently living in Greenville. In 2020, he released his new single “Her Song” — with an accompanying video shot by Orbits Productions and produced by @only1_deano.
Originally from the sandhills of South Carolina and now based in Greenville, Vilai Harrington grew up firmly planted in his soulful country heritage. Now with his band of talent from each region of the State, Vilai Harrington & The Hamptones
REdEFIND is a dynamic band from Greenville mixing the broad styles of metal, nu metal, hardcore, rap and rock. Their new EP, Let’s Party, released in April 2020.
Ernesto Gutierrez aka “sympL” is an Upstate-based artist and the founder of Projekt Lotus & Dropp Science. A promoter for independent rock, hip-hop and EDM for 20 years, he’s completed over 23 releases and national tours. His 2020 single “This