Thursday, April 9, 2015

The 2015 Detroit Music Awards Happen this Friday at The Fillmore

This Friday, April 10th the Detroit Music Awards will be taking over The Fillmore in Detroit. Put on by the non-profit Detroit Music Awards Foundation, the mission of this event is to, "recognize Detroit area musicians working on a national, regional and local level." Over the years the DMAs have been on the receiving end of a lot of scrutiny, many saying that the group does not honor or accurately represent the Detroit music scene (yours truly included, in that "many"). However, over the past couple of year's they have made changes, tried to get a wider group involved in the submission and nomination phases, and are making strides in the right direction. We here at Hip In Detroit both submitted musicians names and voted in every phase. Not all of our choices made the final cut, but there are some good ones on the list and we are curious to see who will win awards this year.

The 2015 DMAs are giving awards away in over 60 different categories, covering the broad spectrum of music that this city has to offer. Take a look at all of the nominees in each category below.

Americana Artist/ Group
Billy Brandt and the Sugarees
Mark Reitenga
Rio and the Rockibilly Revival
The Blueflowers
Ryan Dillaha and the Miracle Men
Michael on Fire

Americana Instrumentalist
Brian “Roscoe” White – guitar
Bonnie Kay – violin
Billy Brandt – guitar
Joey Spina – guitar
Jason Dennie – guitar
Bryan Reilly – drums
Bob Monteleone – guitar
Audra Kubat – guitar

Americana Recording
Gia Warner “Say You Will”
Billy Brandt and the Sugarees “The Time is Now”
The Blueflowers “At the Edge of Disaster”
Michael on Fire “Healing Waters”
Longneck Strangler “Home”
Olivia Millerschin “Over the Weather”

Americana Songwriter
Michael on Fire
Jill Jack
Olivia Millerschin
Gia Warner
Billy Brandt
Mark Reitenga

Americana Vocalist
Gia Warner
Rio Scafone
Billy Brandt
Jill Jack
Kate Hinote

Blues Artist / Group
Eliza Neals and the Narcotics
Mainstreet Soul
Bobby Murray Band
Howard Glazer
Dirty Basement Blues Band
Laith Al-Saadi

Blues Instrumentalist
Bobby Murray – guitar
Jim McCarty – guitar
Howard Glazer – guitar
Motor City Josh – guitar
George Bedard – guitar
bugs Beddow – trombone
George Friend – guitar
Pete Peltier – guitar

Blues Recording
Johnny Rhoades “Waiting on the Sun”
Howard Glazer “Looking in the Mirror”
Mike Leslie Band “4am Blues”
Laura Rain and the Caesars “Closer”
Dirty Basement Blues Band “Coming Clean”
Paul Miles “Truth, Peace and Justice”

Blues Songwriter
Bobby Murray
Paul Miles
Eliza Neals
Laura Rain and George Friend
Motor City Josh
Howard Glazer

Blues Vocalist
Tosha Owens
Thornetta Davis
Eliza Neals
Kathleen Murray
Laura Rain

Classical Composer
Michele Ramo
Anthony Lai
Todd Schoeneman
Bonnie Kaye

Classical Instrumentalist
Takashi Iio - double bass
bugs Beddow – trombone
Stephen Vaglica – piano
Bonnie Kaye – violin
Michele Ramo - guitar
Sonja Lee – violin

Classical Recording
Stephen Vaglica “Chopin”
Bonnie Kaye “Suite Overture”
Michele Roger “Separation of Body and Soul”
Todd Schoeneman “Asylum”

Classical Small Ensemble
Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings
Il Segreto String Quartet
Cassini Ensemble
New Music Detroit
Pebble Creek Chamber Orchestra

Classical Vocalist
Anamaria Ylizaliturri
Amber Williams
Brian LeDuc
Heidi Hepler
Ramsey Valentyn

Community OrchestraAnn Arbor Symphony Orchestra
Dearborn Symphony Orchestra
Warren Concert Band
Orchard Lake Philharmonic
Motor City Symphony Orchestra
Birmingham Bloomfield Symphony Orchestra

Country Artist / Group
Annabelle Road
Ty Stone
Horse Cave Trio
Julianne Ankley & the Rogues
The Orbitsuns
Whitey Morgan & the 78’s

Country Instrumentalist
Joey Spina – guitar
Brian “ Roscoe White “ – guitar
Roger Noonan – bass
Mark Richardson – guitar
Bobby Black – guitar
Bonnie Kaye – violin
Maggie McCabe - guitar, mandolin, bodhran
Rich Browarski – guitar

Country Recording
Ty Stone “The Boulevard”
Billy Brandt and the Sugarees “Blue Baby Blue”
Kat Beal “End of the Line”
Michael on Fire: duet with Carlene Carter “Done this Dance Before”
Longneck Strangler “Front Porch Swing”
Whitey Morgan & the 78’s “Whitey Morgan Born Raised & Live from Flint”

Country Songwriter
Don Duprie
Julianne Ankley
Scott Dailey
Matt Dmits
Kat Beal
Maureen Hogan

Country Vocalist
Julianne Ankley
Joe Jaber
Joey Vee
Ricky Lentz
Kat Beal

Electronic Dance Artist / Group
Eprom Colony featuring Merideth Lorde
N2 Submission featuring The Impaler
Ghost Synthesis

Electronic / Dance DJ
DJ Pleasure Kitten
DJ Psycho
DJ Dock
DJ Moondancer
Barbara Jean
DJ Disc Detroit
DJ Maestro

Electronic / Dance Recording
Flashcash “Listen to the Music”
DJ Psycho + Ryan Start “Element 06”
Electrocrush “Orpheus”
Seven the General “The Go”
The Fuhrer Macabre “Fearless”

Electronic / Dance Writer / Producer
Jeff Rebrovich
DJ Maestro
The Impaler
Doc Colony
Jimmie Nitrez
Nabil “ DJ Sandman “ Ansara

Anthology, Compilation/ Reissue
Scott Morgan “ Revolutionary Action “ ( Easy Action )
Various Artists “ Shady XV “
Various Artists “ Dirty Boogie: The Fortune Records Story “
Catfish Hodge “ Different Strokes: The Complete Westbound Recordings ”
Stoney and the Jagged Edge “ Chasing Rainbows “

Live Performance
The Infatuations
Howling Diablos
Mainstreet Soul
Rio and the Rockabilly Revival
The Ruiners
White Shag

Live Sound Technician
Randal Roy
Joshua Wizinsky
Neil T Sever
Cool Chris Panacki
Tom Lubinski

Local Record Label
Detroit Music Factory
Static Records
Mack Avenue
Funk Night Records
Jett Plastic Recordings

National Major Label / Distribution Album
Bob Seger “Ride Out” ( Capitol )
Regina Carter “Southern Comfort” ( Sony Masterworks )
Jack White “Lazaretto”
Aretha Franklin “Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics” ( RCA )
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. “Produce Volume 1” ( mixtape )
Jaded Inc. “The Big Knock” ( Casablanca / Republic )

National Single
Bob Seger “Detroit Made“
Jack White “Lazaretto”
Aretha Franklin “Rolling in the Deep” ( The Aretha version )
Various Artists ( Eminem, Royce Da 5’9”, Big Sean, Dej Loaf, Trick Trick, “Detroit vs. Everybody”
Eminem “Guts Over Fear”
We Came as Romans “Ghosts”

National Small / Independent Label Distribution Album
Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas “Secret Evil”
Bobby Murray “I’m Stickin With You”
Critical Bill “The New Eternal”
The Verve Pipe “Overboard”
Frigid Pink “Made in Detroit”
Brandon Williams “ XII “

Record Producer
Chuck Alkazian
Peter Jay
Al Sutton
Bryan Reilly
Tino Gross
Andy Patalan

Recording Studio
Pearl Sound
Funky D Studios
Metro 37 Recording Studio
The Tempermill
Rustbelt Studios
Peter Jay Audio Post

Video/ Independent Budget ( Under $ 10,000 )
Michael on Fire “100 Years from Now”
Artifical Agent “Master Blaster”
1592 “Think”
Critical Bill “Alone or Lonely”
Kaleido “Degenerate and Young”
Ben Sharkey “What You’ve Given”

Video / Major Budget ( Over $10,000 )
Jack White “Lazaretto”
Eminem “Guts Over Fear”
Passalacqua “The Baptism”
Bob Seger “Detroit Made”
Eminem, “Headlights”

Tribute Band
Whoremones ( All Girl Ramones )
Danny D. ( Rod Stewart )
The Polka Floyd Show
Al McKenzie ( Chick Licks ) (Chick Corea Tribute)
Raputa – J. Geils Tribute
In the Flesh – Detroit

Gospel/ Christian Act
The Gideon Crew
Sacred Heart Gospel Choir
Sweet Crystal
Arielle Crosby
Sounds of Imani
Joe Kidd & Sheila Burke

Gospel/ Christian Musician
Devon Whitehead – drums
Keith Lawrence – keyboards
William B. Pope II – bass
Pete Peltier – guitar
Bill Blatter – guitar
Al McKenzie – keyboards
Jay Caver – guitar

Gospel/ Christian Recording
Ty Stone “Backslidin”
Sounds of Imani “Must Be an Angel”
Speechless “100 Voices to Save 100 Souls”
Sweet Crystal “Foot of the Cross”
One Achord “Dream”

Gospel/ Christian Songwriter
Sonnie Day
Amy Susan Heard
Al McKenzie
Joe Kidd & Sheila Burke
Sharon Love Jones

Gospel/ Christian Vocalist
Ortheia Barnes
Al Jaquez
Amy Susan Heard
Sonnie Day
Tasha Page- Lockhart
Joe Kidd & Sheila Burke

Jazz Composer
Gary Schunk
Wendell Harrison
Kris Kurzawa
James Hughes
Tracy Kash
Scott Gwinnell

Jazz Instrumentalist
Ralphe Armstrong – bass
Gary Schunk – piano
Damon Warmack – bass
bugs Beddow – trombone, flute
Kris Kurzawa – guitar
Mike Jellick – piano
Andy Wickstrom – trumpet
Scott Gwinnell – piano
Demetrius Nabors – piano

Jazz Recording
Rodney Whitaker “When We Find Ourselves Alone” ( Mack Ave )
Ron Kischuk & The Masters of Music Featuring Curtis Fuller “ Alamode “
Michele Ramo World Jazz Orchestra “A Cigar & A Scotch”
Planet D Nonet “ Just a Sittin and a Rockin”
Meri Slaven “Get Out of Town”
Epic Movement “Project One: A Dreamer”

Jazz Vocalist
Meri Slaven
Joan Belgrave
Trish Shandor
Ben Sharkey
Sheila Landis
Penny Wells

Modern Jazz Artist / Group
Hot Club of Detroit
Ben Sharkey Quartet
Carl Cafagna and North Star Jazz
Muruga Booker & Mark Hershberger
Dave McMurray and the Cover Collection
Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra

Traditional Jazz Artist / Group
Metro Jazz Voices
Planet D Nonet
Craig Strain Orchestra
Ron Kischuks’ Masters of Music Band
John Trudell Orchestra ( Small Ensemble )
Gary Schunk Trio

Rock Instrumentalist
Wolf - guitar
Joey Fava –drums
Erik Gustafson – guitar
Dennis Burr – guitar
Jim McCarty – guitar
Brian Lord – guitar
Johnny Bee Badanjek – drums
Eddie Baranek – guitar, keyboards

Rock Recording
Bristol Street- Saul Goodman “Feelin Strong”
Alyssa Simmons “Now or Never”
Bulletproof Snow “Here We Come”
Tiles “Off the Floor”
Dave Edwards band featuring Jimmie Bones “Bring It on Home to Me”
Kaleido “Unbreakable”

Rock Songwriter
Christina Chriss & Joey Fava
George Aneed & Evan Maguire
Carolyn Striho
Alyssa Simmons
Gia Warner
Robert Libres, Dana Forrester, Brent Hall, Peder Seglund, James Trunko

Rock Vocalist
Trey McLaughlin
Laura Mendoza
Gia Warner
Barbara Payton
Christina Chriss
George Aneed
Steven Tuthill

Heavy Rock ( Metal, Industrial, Goth , Thrash et al. ) Artist / Group
Artificial Agent
Chrome Mollie
Dead in 5
Critical Bill

Alt/ Punk/ Indie Artist/ Group
Flint Eastwood
Royal Blackbirds
Choking Susan
Bristol Street
The Ruiners

Rock/ Pop Artist Group
White Shag
The Infatuations
Bulletproof Snow
Citizen Zero

Urban Artist / Group
The Infatuations
Tmoney Greens Roadwork
Mainstreet Soul
Tosha Owens
Gabe “ Undisco Kidd “ Gonzalez
Howling Diablos

Urban Musician
Kat Orlando – sax
Johnny Evans – sax
George Friend – guitar
Wolf – guitar
Brandon Williams – bass
Kris Kurzawa – guitar
Tmoney Green – bass
Gabe Gonzalez – drums

Urban Songwriter
Gabe Gonzalez
Brandon Williams
Shotgun Soul
Tino Gross
The Infatuations
Tmoney Green

Urban Vocalist
Tino Gross
Laura Rain
Tosha Owens
Caleb Guiterrez
Tmoney Green

Urban Recording
The Infatuations “Detroit Block Party”
Various Artists “My Home Detroit”
Third Coast Kings “West Grand Blvd.”
Paul Miles “Strawberry”
The Blackman featuring Shirley Hayden “Stop Being Messy”

World Artist / Group
Victor Peraino’s Kingdom Come
Tumbao Bravo
The Process
Zap Toro
Michele Ramo World Jazz Orchestra

World Instrumentalist
Sean Blackman – guitar
Javier Barrios – percussion
Lynn LaPlante – piano
Kris Kurzawa – guitar
Michele Ramo – guitar
Muruga Booker – percussion
Harper – Peter D. Harper – harmonica

World Recording
The Muruga Band “Michigan Mud”
1592 “Think”
Roots Vibration “Only Yu” ( reggae / dancehall )
The Process “Fire is Burning” ( Scientist vocal mix )

World Songwriter
Michele Ramo
Eric Abbey
Kris Kurzawa
David Asher
“Harper” Peter D. Harper
Dave Edwards
Bob Monteleone

World Vocalist
Ping Spells
Eric Abbey
David Asher
Maggie McCabe
Dave Edwards
Heidi Hepler

Rap Recording
Passalacqua “Church”
Hush “Sprinklers”
David Bigham “Dolla Bills”
Magnanomus “Roy G. Biv”
GB Cortez McGhee “Imported from Detroit”
Profit “Motor City Miracles”

Rap MC
Microphone Phelps
Seven the General
Doc Waffles

Rap Composer
Eddie Logix
Seven the General
Jon Conner

Rap Producer / DJ
Seven the General
Nabil “ DJ Sandman “ Ansara
Denaun Porter
Nick Speed
Eddie Logix

If you would like to see who will win a Detroit Music Award this year, head to The Fillmore this Friday night. Admission is $20-$25 and tickets can be purchased in advance here. In addition to announcements of award winners, there will also be live performances. For a full list of who will be hitting the stage, click here. For more information on the Detroit Music Awards and to see a list of who won after the awards ceremony on the 10th, click here.


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