This week has seen a variety of music award presentations. On Wednesday the world of Country Music honoured their best. Thursday night it was Latin Music’s turn to shine with the Latin Grammy Awards. On Friday the Native American community held the twelfth annual Native American Music Awards. The show was dedicated to the troops, veterans, and teen suicide awareness.
Honouring the best of Native Americans and their music the Native American Music Awards was hosted by actor Wes Studi – Magua in the 1992 “Last of the Mohicans” and Eytukan in “Avatar” – from the Seneca Niagara Events Center in Niagara Falls, New York. The NAMMYs honour traditional and contemporary artists in 30 catagories.
Established in 1998, the NAMMYs are the first official awards show dedicated solely to music created by Native Americans. Since its inception, the NAMMYs have presented over 300 awards.
Along with the awards presentations, are performances by Aztlan Underground, Buddy Big Mountain, Dark Water Rising, Digging Roots, Gabriel Ayala, Jan Michael Looking Wolf Band, Joseph FireCrow, Oshkii Giizhik Singers, Papago Warrior, Skylar Wolf, Trevor Jones & Young Gunz, Twice As Good, Victoria Blackie, and Yvonne St Germaine. The awards show was much more than just handing out the trophies; there were traditional drums and dancers who entertained the audience.
The winners of the 2010 Native American Music Awards are:
Best Waila Recording of the Year: “Get’n Down” by Native Thunder
Best Blues Recording of the Year: “If That’s All Right With You” by Twice As Good
Debut Artist of the Year: Victoria Blackie with “Wanted Man”
Debut Duo or Group of the Year: Dark Water Rising with “Dark Water Rising”
Best Pop Recording of the Year: “We Are” by Digging Roots
Best Compilation Recording of the Year: “Walking with the Spirits” by Randy McGinnis
Best Country Recording of the Year: “It’s About Time” by Shane Yellowbird
Best Female Artist of the Year: Shanise with “Okeymow Maskiki Vol III”
Best Folk Recording of the Year: “Believe” by Michael Bucher
Best Flute Recording of the Year: “Face the Music” by Joseph FireCrow
Best Gospel/Inspirational Recording of the Year: “Sacred Fire” by Sayani
Best Duo/Group of the Year: Bluedog with “Get Up & Get Out”
Best Instrumental Recording of the Year: “Hitchin’ a ride” by Nokie Edwards
Best Male Artist of the Year: Jay Begaye with “Horses are Our Journey”
Best Native American Church Recording of the Year: “Dakota/Lakota Traditional Church Songs” by Sacred Harmonies
Best New Age Recording of the Year: “Enchanted Garden” by Sheila Applegate with Joanna Shenandoah
Best Producer of the Year: Frand Waln for “Always Ready”
Best Rap/Hip-Hop Recording of the Year: “Tribal Tribulations” by Chase Monchamp/Chase Manhatten
Record of the Year: “Breakin’ Free” by the Jan Michael Looking Wolf Band
Song/Single of the Year: “Windwalker/Wind Spirit Drum” by Grandfather
Songwriter of the Year: Brad Clonch for “Fight for Survival”
Spoken Word Recording of the Year: “Stories from the Social Fire” by The Story Tellers
Best Traditional Recording of the Year: “Rebuilding the Fire” by Bo Taylor
Best World Music Recording of the Year: “Remembrance” by Gabriel Ayala
Native Heart Award (given to a non-Native artist): Big City Indians for “Tribal Vision”
The Native American Music Association presented Nancy Scott with a guitar, a flute, and a Joseph FireCrow CD Collection which she will use with her support groups. The presentation was a part of Operation Music Aid which uses music to help military personnel in recovery.
The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Bobby Bullet St. Germaine.
Best Rock Recording of the Year: “Sgeweh” by Segweh
Best Music Video of the Year: “Sacred Warrior” by Tom Bee
Best Pow Wow Recording of the Year: “Boys Will Be Boyz” by The Boyz
Artist of the Year: Joseph FireCrow with “Face the Music”
The evening’s festivities ended with a performance by NAMMY Blues Award winners Twice As Good. The father and son duo performed three songs, on one of which they were joined by host Wes Studi.