The Motor City Foundation held it's annual Detroit Music Awards on May 18th 2006 at the State Theater. The Foundation, established in 1988 held it's first recognition ceremony in 1992. These awards are given to all members of the Detroit music community. Awards are given to all genres of music, music videos, and live performances, local and major record labels. This year, the Detroit Music awards included interviews, live and taped performances.
While most of the live performances were Hard Rock, which is not my usual musical taste, I found myself enjoying the music. One group in particular "Hard Lessons." held my attention throughout their performance. The lead vocalist was sounding very much like Janis Joplin, their performance was great!
Motown artist Stevie Wonder received an award for a major record label for his current cd "A Time to Love." The Andantes (session vocalist for Motown) were given "A Distinguished Achievement Award" for their outstanding performances as session vocalist on over 20,000 recordings done at Motown. These ladies, Jackie Hicks, Marlene Barrow-Tate, and Louvain Demps, provided background vocals on Marvin Gaye's "Ain't That Peculiar and "What's Going On." and on all recordings by the "Four Tops" They were most gracious in their acceptance of this prestigious award. Demps stated, "it's almost been forever, but it's sweet."
Soul-Patrol's NADIR, won 2 awards, for "Outstanding Urban Funk Vocalist, and Urban Funk Songwriter" A tribute to the late Hip Hop artist "Proof" had more than 30 Hip Hop artist on stage doing their thing, he received tributes from across the country by Hip Hop artist as well as DJ's and radio personalities. Rapper Eminem received the award for the outstanding video "When I'm Gone."
The highlight of the evening was the performance by "The Masters of Funk, Soul and Blues" with legends Carolyn Crawford, Phil Hurtt, Bobby Taylor, Bunny Sigler, Bobby Eli, Bob Babbitt, joined by other great musicians. It was their performance that had the house rocking, they sang 2 songs from the soon to be released double cd " A Soulful Tale of two Cities" Bobby Taylor did a funky version of the O'Jays' "Love Train," Bunny Sigler brought the audience to the floor and stage with his version of the Marvin Gaye hit "Got to Give it Up."
The event lasted 4hrs, and was well received by most; there were some questions as to the lack of black performers at this presentation since it's a community-based program. Maybe next year there will be more of a diverse group of artist.
Below is a complete list of this year's winners.
OUTSTANDING ACOUSTIC ARTIST/GROUP
OUTSTANDING ACOUSTIC/FOLK INSTRUMENTALIST
BILLY BRANDT, (GUITAR (ACOUSTIC)) - GRIEVOUS ANGEL / JILL JACK
OUTSTANDING ACOUSTIC/FOLK RECORDING
JILL JACK, "MOON AND THE MORNING AFTER"
OUTSTANDING ACOUSTIC/FOLK SONGWRITER
OUTSTANDING ACOUSTIC/FOLK VOCALIST
JILL JACK, (JILL JACK)
OUTSTANDING FOLK ARTIST/GROUP
BLUES / RHYTHM & BLUES (R&B)
OUTSTANDING BLUES ARTIST/GROUP
OUTSTANDING BLUES/R&B INSTRUMENTALIST
JOHNNIE BASSETT, (GUITAR (ELECTRIC)) - JOHNNIE BASSETT
OUTSTANDING BLUES/R&B RECORDING
ALBERTA ADAMS, "DETROIT'S QUEEN OF THE BLUES"
OUTSTANDING BLUES/R&B SONGWRITER
OUTSTANDING BLUES/R&B VOCALIST
THORNETTA DAVIS, (THORNETTA DAVIS)
OUTSTANDING R&B ARTIST/GROUP
DETROIT WOMEN WITH MOTOR CITY EXPRESS
OUTSTANDING CLASSICAL COMPOSER
OUTSTANDING CLASSICAL INSTRUMENTALIST
PATRICIA MASRI-FLETCHER, (HARP) - D.S.O.
OUTSTANDING CLASSICAL RECORDING
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC SYMPHONIC ORCHESTRA, "WILLIAM
SONGS OF INNOCENCE AND OF EXPERIENCE"
OUTSTANDING CLASSICAL SMALL ENSEMBLE
DETROIT CHAMBER WINDS & STRINGS
OUTSTANDING CLASSICAL VOCALIST
ABHA DEARING, (THE DEARING CONCERT DUO)
OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA
OUTSTANDING COUNTRY ARTIST/GROUP
OUTSTANDING COUNTRY INSTRUMENTALIST
SIR TIM DUVALIER, (GUITAR (ELECTRIC)) - ORBITSONS
OUTSTANDING COUNTRY RECORDING
HUMMINGBIRDS, THE, "DEPOT TOWN"
OUTSTANDING COUNTRY SONGWRITER
OUTSTANDING COUNTRY VOCALIST
TERRIE LEA, (TERRIE LEA & THE MUSTANGS)
OUTSTANDING ELECTRONIC/DANCE ARTIST/GROUP
OUTSTANDING ELECTRONIC/DANCE DJ
OUTSTANDING ELECTRONIC/DANCE RECORDING
ADULT. "GIMME TROUBLE"
OUTSTANDING ELECTRONIC/DANCE WRITER/PRODUCER
EMINEM, "CURTAIN CALL: THE HITS"
OUTSTANDING LIVE PERFORMANCE
DETROIT WOMEN WITH MOTOR CITY EXPRESS
OUTSTANDING LIVE SOUND TECHNICIAN
NEIL T. SEVER
OUTSTANDING LOCAL RECORD LABEL
MACK AVENUE RECORDS
OUTSTANDING NATIONAL MAJOR LABEL RECORDING
STEVIE WONDER, "A TIME TO LOVE"
OUTSTANDING NATIONAL SINGLE
WHITE STRIPES, "BLUE ORCHID"
OUTSTANDING NATIONAL SMALL/INDEPENDENT LABEL RECORDING
HOWLING DIABLOS, "CAR WASH "
OUTSTANDING RECORD PRODUCER
MARTIN "TINO" GROSS
OUTSTANDING RECORDING STUDIO
OUTSTANDING VIDEO / LIMITED BUDGET
DETROIT WOMEN AND MOTOR CITY, "RATTLE YOUR CAGE"
OUTSTANDING VIDEO / MAJOR BUDGET
EMINEM, "WHEN I'M GONE"
OUTSTANDING GOSPEL CHOIR
FRED HAMMOND & RADICALS FOR CHRIST
OUTSTANDING GOSPEL/CHRISTIAN ARTIST/GROUP
OUTSTANDING GOSPEL/CHRISTIAN MUSICIAN
BOB MEYER, (ORGAN) - ST THOMAS MORE CHOIR
OUTSTANDING GOSPEL/CHRISTIAN RECORDING
J MOSS, "THE J MOSS PROJECT"
OUTSTANDING GOSPEL/CHRISTIAN SONGWRITER
OUTSTANDING GOSPEL/CHRISTIAN VOCALIST
J MOSS, (J MOSS)
OUTSTANDING JAZZ COMPOSER
OUTSTANDING JAZZ INSTRUMENTALIST
ALEXANDER ZONJIC, (FLUTE) - ALEXANDER ZONJIC
OUTSTANDING JAZZ RECORDING
JEREMY KITTEL, "JAZZ VIOLIN"
OUTSTANDING JAZZ VOCALIST
JESSE PALTER, (JESSE PALTER QUARTET)
OUTSTANDING MODERN JAZZ ARTIST/GROUP
OUTSTANDING TRADITIONAL JAZZ ARTIST/GROUP
HOT CLUB OF DETROIT
OUTSTANDING ALTERNATIVE/INDIE ARTIST/GROUP
OUTSTANDING HARD ROCK/METAL ARTIST/GROUP
OUTSTANDING POP ARTIST/GROUP
OUTSTANDING ROCK ARTIST/GROUP
OUTSTANDING ROCK/POP INSTRUMENTALIST
BOBBY EAST, (GUITAR) - REEFERMEN, THE
OUTSTANDING ROCK/POP RECORDING
LIZ LARIN, "WAKE UP, START DREAMING"
OUTSTANDING ROCK/POP SONGWRITER
OUTSTANDING ROCK/POP VOCALIST
LIZ LARIN, (LIZ LARIN)
OUTSTANDING HIP-HOP ARTIST/GROUP
OUTSTANDING HIP-HOP DJ
OUTSTANDING HIP-HOP MC
OUTSTANDING URBAN/FUNK ARTIST/GROUP
BLACK BOTTOM COLLECTIVE
OUTSTANDING URBAN/FUNK MUSICIAN
LARRY LEE, (BASS) - LARRY LEE AND BACK IN THE DAY
OUTSTANDING URBAN/FUNK SONGWRITER
OUTSTANDING URBAN/FUNK VOCALIST
NADIR, (NADIR/DISTORTED SOUL)
OUTSTANDING URBAN/FUNK/HIP-HOP RECORDING
BLACK BOTTOM COLLECTIVE, "PEOPLE MOVER"
OUTSTANDING REGGAE/SKA ARTIST/GROUP
RAS KENTE AND TAKE NO PRISONERS POSEE
OUTSTANDING WORLD ARTIST/GROUP
OUTSTANDING WORLD/REGGAE/SKA INSTRUMENTALIST
JAMES RODRIGUEZ, (TIMBALES/PERCUSSION) - ORQUESTA SENSACIONAL
OUTSTANDING WORLD/REGGAE/SKA RECORDING
BRAZIL AND BEYOND, "SOUNDS OF THE HOLIDAYS"
OUTSTANDING WORLD/REGGAE/SKA SONGWRITER
OUTSTANDING WORLD/REGGAE/SKA VOCALIST
PABLO OVALLES, (ORQUESTA SENSACIONAL)
For more information, go to the official Detroit Music Awards site: