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PMIG Award Winners 2018

0 replies, 1 voice Last updated by  Megan Lavengood 2 years, 7 months ago
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    Megan Lavengood

    The SMT Popular Music Interest Group has two awards to recognize recent research in pop music. The Outstanding Publication Award was established in 2012, and exists to acknowledge the best article, essay, or book involving the theory and/or analysis of popular music by a senior scholar. Since 2013, the PMIG also grants the Adam Krims Award to a junior scholar with an outstanding publication.

    The winner of the Adam Krims Award is Maeve Sterbenz for “Movement, Music, Feminism: An Analysis of Movement-Music Interactions and the Articulation of Masculinity in Tyler, the Creator’s ‘Yonkers’ Music Video.” This article approaches the analysis of movement in music videos from a queer and feminist framework that discusses the performance of failure as subversive in a culture that defaults to overcoming narratives. The article is published in Music Theory Online and can be accessed free of charge at

    The winner of the Outstanding Publication Award is Mark Spicer for “Fragile, Emergent, and Absent Tonics in Pop and Rock Songs.” This article was already widely circulated after its debut at a 2009 SMT meeting and its popularity and influence has increased further after its publication in Music Theory Online. Spicer discusses the narrative impact when a songwriter chooses to present the tonic chord of a piece in only a weakened state, and categorizes three methods for achieving this effect. The article can be accessed for free at

    Let’s congratulate Maeve and Mark!

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