In the Best Original Song category, Tristan Israel won the blue ribbon for Monarch on Milkweed Leaving Aquinnah. Eric Mulhern took second place with Coalfire and Douglas Finn third for Once Upon a Time.
Best Cover Song awards went to Casey Hayward for her rendition of Sinéad O’Connor’s Black Boys on Motorcycles and to composer Dean Rosenthal for a performance by two friends of his work Stones/Water/Time/Breath.
Phil Spillane’s Long Way Home, inspired by John Lewis and the Black Lives Matter movement, won the blue in the Song for 2020 category, followed by Rob Lytle’s Pull Together and Richard Giaimo’s Small Island.
In the category Almost Fair Famous, a cowboy-costumed video cover of Leon McAuliffe’s Steel Guitar Rag from Ghost Island Farm won first place, followed by Skylar Hall’s funk-flavored Mango Chutney and Rick Padilla’s Choosing Love.
Self Accompanied Production awards went to Brian Weiland, who won blue for his cover of Janis Ian’s Better Times Will Come; Sarah Piazza, with the red ribbon for her four-part adapatation of Babatunde Olatunji’s Akiwowo and Paul Thurlow for his original Painting Again.