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Best Live Act – 2012 Music Awards

2012 Music Awards

Making great records is one thing, but there’s something to be said for getting it done onstage. This year, plenty of artists staged killer tours, but who should win Best Live Act of 2012 honors in our first-ever Music Awards? Flip through your pile of ticket stubs, reflect on the year’s raddest shows and cast your votes below.

We begin our list of Best Live Act of 2012 nominees with Coldplay, who toured the world behind their multi-platinum 2011 release ‘Mylo Xyloto,’ turning their audience into an incredible light show with their colorful “Xylobands” wristbands. Fellow stadium dwellers the Dave Matthews Band have long been known for their tight live performances, and 2012 saw Dave and co. mount a massive four-month summer trek. Foo Fighters, meanwhile, hit the road hard this year in support of 2011’s ‘Wasting Light,’ mixing in festival appearances like DeLuna and Europe’s Reading and Leeds with European and North American dates.

Instrumental post-rock collective Godspeed You! Black Emperor took their mind-blowing, film-enhanced live experience to the people for the first time in a decade, mounting a North American trip behind ‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!’ Brooklyn’s brainiest bar band, the Hold Steady, spent much of the second half of the year trekking across North America. My Morning Jacket are famous for their amazing live show, and supporting last year’s ‘Circuital,’ they lived up to their reputation in 2012.

Electro-pop act Passion Pit cancelled a handful of dates in July, but despite the setback, they eventually took their dance party on the road — and the world’s better for it. Reunited Brit-poppers Pulp crossed the pond for their first U.S. dates since 1998. Veteran jam-band road warriors Phish mounted a lengthy sold-out North American jaunt. Jersey indie heroes Titus Andronicus rocked clubs across America in advance of their third album, ‘Local Business,’ and prolific Cali garage-rock titan Ty Segall took his high-energy show on the road for much of the year, backing his ‘Goodbye Bread’ and ‘Twins’ records.

Which was the Best Live Act of 2012? Vote below! You have until 11:59PM EST on Jan. 15, 2013, to make your selection. We’ll notify you of the winner in this and every other category on Jan. 16.

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