Detroit Music Awards

Detroit Music Awards
2016 Detroit Music Awards

Held annually at The Fillmore Detroit in April
Awarded for Outstanding achievements in the music industry
Country United States
Presented by Motor City Music Foundation
First awarded 1988
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The Detroit Music Awards (DMA) was initially proposed in 1988. Presented by the Motor City Music Foundation, the multi-genre awards ceremony was established to bring recognition to Detroit area musicians. The first award show was held in 1992 at Detroit's Music Hall, and moved to the State Theatre in 1993. In 1998, the organization merged with the Metro Times-sponsored Detroit Music Awards. It has now held at The Fillmore Detroit theatre annually in April. Since its inception, the DMA has featured some of Detroit's most notable musical artists; including Bob Seger, The Clark Sisters, Eminem, George Clinton and Parliament, Glenn Frey, Grand Funk Railroad, Kid Rock, Martha Reeves, The Miracles, Insane Clown Posse, Smokey Robinson, Ted Nugent, and Was Not Was.


Award winners are selected by local musicians and music industry professionals; the award categories cover ten genres:


General 2004 2005 2006 2009 2010 2011 2014
Outstanding National Major Label Recording White Stripes Eminem Encore Stevie Wonder A Time To Love Raconteurs Consolers of the Lonely Iggy Pop Preliminaries Eminem Recovery Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP 2
Outstanding National Single White Stripes Anita Baker You're My Everything White Stripes Blue Orchid Kid Rock All Summer Long Uncle Kracker Smile Eminem Not Afraid Sponge Come in From The Rain
Outstanding National Small/Independent Label Recording The Romantics Alexander Zonjic Seldom Blues Howling Diablos Car Wash George Clinton George Clinton & his Gangsters of Love Johnnie Bassett The Gentleman is Back Hot Club of Detroit It's About That Time Iggy & the Stooges Ready to Die
Outstanding Record Producer Roscoe Martin Tino Gross Martin Tino Gross Al Sutton Al Sutton Tino Gross Al Sutton
Outstanding Recording Studio Roscoe's Recording Tempermill Studio A Tempermill Rustbelt Harmonie Park Rustbelt
Outstanding Video / Limited Budget Nicole Jeffers Around Your Love Detroit Women And Motor City Express Rattle Your Cage Paul Miles Motown Still Our Town André (André Djuan) - 3 Soldiers The Infatuations Yesterday Morning
Outstanding Video / Major Budget White Stripes Black Math Eminem When I'm Gone The Motor City Horns & The Brothers Groove with Thornetta Davis Kissing My Love Eminem Not Afraid Eminem Berzerk
People's Choice Award 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Artist/Group Robots in the Garden The Infatuations The Infatuations Mike Leslie Band Steve Scott Country
Sponsor VitaminWater VitaminWater VitaminWater VitaminWater Opportunity Detroit
Acoustic/Folk 2004 2005 2006 2009 2010 2011 2014
Outstanding Acoustic Artist/Group Tangerine Trousers Grievous Angel Jill Jack Ty Stone Jill Jack Jill Jack Emily Rose
Outstanding Acoustic/Folk Instrumentalist Jeremy Kittel (fiddle) David Mosher (mandolin/guitar) - Grievous Angel Billy Brandt (guitar) - Grievous Angel Sarana VerLin (violin) Carolyn Striho (piano/guitar) Sarana VerLin (violin) Scott Dailey (guitar)
Outstanding Acoustic/Folk Recording Tangerine Trousers Jill Jack Jill Jack Live And Unplugged Jill Jack Moon And The Morning After Luke Sayers & the Last to Know Radio Flower Jill Jack Songwriter Sessions" Sarana VerLin Bats & Butterflies Carolyn Striho Word Attack
Outstanding Acoustic/Folk Songwriter Liz Larin Stacia Petrie Jill Jack Emily Rose Emily Rose Jill Jack Jill Jack
Outstanding Acoustic/Folk Vocalist Liz Larin Stacia Petrie Jill Jack Billy Brandt Jill Jack Jill Jack Tosha Owens
Outstanding Folk Artist/Group Grievous Angel Jeremy Kittel Jeremy Kittel Billy Brandt Billy Brandt & Sarana VerLin Carolyn Striho Jill Jack
Blues R&B 2004 2005 2006 2009 2010 2011 2014
Outstanding Blues Artist/Group Thornetta Davis Al Hill and The Love Butlers Thornetta Davis Jim McCarty & Mystery Train Johnnie Bassett Johnnie Bassett & the Blues Insurgents Bobby Murray
Outstanding Blues/R&B Instrumentalist Brett Lucas guitar - Thornetta Davis Dennis Burr guitar - Detroit Women Johnnie Bassett guitar - Johnnie Bassett Jim McCarty guitar & Brett Lucas guitar Johnnie Bassett guitar - Johnnie Bassett Johnnie Bassett guitar - Johnnie Bassett Howard Glazer guitar
Outstanding Blues/R&B Recording Detroit Women In R&B Detroit Women Rattle Your Cage Alberta Adams Detroit's Queen Of The Blues Alberta Adams Detroit is My Home Motor City Josh " Forty Four: A Tribute to Howlin' Wolf " Motor City Josh & The Big Three " It's A Good Life " The Infatuations Yesterday Morning
Outstanding Blues/R&B Songwriter Brett Lucas Kate Hart Kate Hart Paul Miles Chris Codish Motor City Josh Tino Gross
Outstanding Blues/R&B Vocalist Thornetta Davis Lady T - Detroit Women Thornetta Davis Alberta Adams Thornetta Davis Thornetta Davis Thornetta Davis
Outstanding R&B Artist/Group Detroit Women in R&B Detroit Women Detroit Women With Motor City Express Howling Diablos Howling Diablos Groove Council The Infatuations
Classical 2004 2005 2006 2009 2010 2011 2014
Outstanding Classical Composer James Hartway James Hartway William Bolcom Michael Daugherty Scott Gwinnell Carolyn Striho
Outstanding Classical Instrumentalist Robert Demaine - cello Erv Monroe - flute Detroit Symphony Orchestra Patricia Masri-Fletcher - harp Detroit Symphony Orchestra Dennis Carter - flute Kenneth G. Robinson - Trumpet John Rutherford trombone
Outstanding Classical Recording Kerstin Allvin and James Hartway An Affair Of The Harp William Bolcom Songs Of Innocence And Of Experience Kenneth Robinson & Dave Wagner Let The Trumpet Sound Kenneth Robinson & Lawrence Przybysz - The Perfect Day Carolyn Striho & Bonnie Kaye Minuet
Outstanding Classical Small Ensemble Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings Let the Trumpet Sound: Kenneth Robinson & Special Guests Il Segreto String Quartet
Outstanding Classical Vocalist Dana Lentini James Moore, Jr. - Detroit Concert Choir Abha Dearing - The Dearing Concert Duo Trish Shandor Trish Shandor Eva Marie Evola Eva Marie Evola
Outstanding Community Orchestra Birmingham-Bloomfield Symphony Birmingham-Bloomfield Symphony Birmingham-Bloomfield Symphony Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra International Symphony Orchestra Warren Symphony Orchestra
Country 2004 2005 2006 2009 2010 2011 2014
Outstanding Country Artist/Group The Wrenfields Terrie Lea and The Wild Mustangs Orbitsuns Grievous Angel Orbitsuns Ty Stone & The Truth Julianne Ankley & The Rogues /The Orbitsuns
Outstanding Country Instrumentalist David Mosher - guitar/mandolin Grievous Angel David Mosher - mandolin/fiddle/guitar Grievous Angel Sir Tim Duvalier - guitar Orbitsons Dave Feeny - pedal steel Drew Howard - pedal steel Brian "Roscoe" White - guitar Joey Spina - Guitar and Bass
Outstanding Country Recording Forbes Brothers Volebeats - Country Favorites The Hummingbirds - Depot Town Whitey Morgan and the 78's - Honky Tonks and Cheap Motels Doop and the Inside Outlaws - Everett Belcher Whitey Morgan and the 78's - I Ain't Drunk Steve Scott Country - Those Tears I've Cried - the Album
Outstanding Country Songwriter Scott and Dennis Forbes Terrie Lea Dennis/Scott Forbes Whitey Morgan Billy Brandt Ty Stone Julianne Ankley
Outstanding Country Vocalist Terrie Lea - Terrie Lea and The Wild Mustangs Terrie Lea - Terrie Lea and The Wild Mustangs Terrie Lea - Terrie Lea and The Wild Mustangs Whitey Morgan Vinnie Dombrowski Ty Stone Maggie McCabe
Electronic/Dance 2004 2005 2006 2009 2010 2011 2014
Outstanding Electronic/Dance Artist/Group Carl Craig Amp Fiddler Amp Fiddler The Jesus Chainsaw Massacre Detroit Techno Militia Liz Larin Cybertrybe
Outstanding Electronic/Dance DJ Derrick May Kevin Saunderson Kevin Saunderson DJ Linda Lexy DJ Linda Lexy DJ Linda Lexy DJ Linda Lexy
Outstanding Electronic/Dance Recording Various artists Detroit Electronica Coalition Various artists Movement: Detroit Electronic Music Festival 2004 Adult Gimme Trouble Daestro Parallelogram Carolyn Striho Promised Land - Techno Cybertrybe - Little Monkey - Pain Mix remix Eprom Colony featuring Meridith Lorde If I Stay I Die
Outstanding Electronic/Dance Writer/Producer Kevin Saunderson Amp Fiddler Amp Fiddler Liz Larin Carl Craig Liz Larin Sean Mooer
Outstanding Anthology/Compilation/Reissue Bob Seger The Funk Brothers The Best Of The Funk Brothers Eminem Curtain Call: The Hits Various artists Motown: The Complete Number 1’s Four Tops, "50th Anniversary: Singles Collection 1962-1972" (Motown/UMe)
Outstanding Live Performance Detroit Women In R&B Detroit Women Detroit Women With Motor City Express The Hard Lessons Hot Club of Detroit Howling Diablos The Infatuations
Outstanding Live Sound Technician Neil T. Sever Neil T. Sever Neil T. Sever Neil T. Sever Neil T. Sever Peter Jay Peter Jay
Outstanding Local Record Label Times Beach Records Mack Avenue Records No Cover Productions Mack Avenue Records Mack Avenue Records Funky D Records
Gospel 2004 2005 2006 2009 2014
Outstanding Gospel Choir St Thomas More Church Choir Fred Hammond and Radicals For Christ
Outstanding Gospel/Christian Artist/Group Cece Winans Beth Stalker Fred Hammond God's Army David Winans pi
Outstanding Gospel/Christian Musician Danny Cox - drums/percussion Day 41 Bob Meyer - organ St Thomas More Choir Ron English - guitar Marq Andrew Speck - keyboards
Outstanding Gospel/Christian Recording Beth Stalker Here With You J Moss The J Moss Project God's Army Y R U Ashamed of Me David Winans pi Troubled Waters
Outstanding Gospel/Christian Songwriter Amy Heard Beth Stalker Sunnie Day Danny Cox Marq Andrew Speck
Outstanding Gospel/Christian Vocalist Amy Heard Beth Stalker J Moss Beth Stalker Marq Andrew Speck
Jazz 2004 2005 2006 2008 2009 2010 2011 2014
Outstanding Jazz Composer Marcus Belgrave Marion Hayden Jeremy Kittel Scott Gwinnell Scott Gwinnell Chris Codish Scott Gwinnell Alexander Zonjic
Outstanding Jazz Instrumentalist Marcus Belgrave - trumpet Alexander Zonjic - flute Alexander Zonjic - flute Marcus Belgrave - trumpet Skeeto Valdez - drums
Outstanding Jazz Recording Detroit Experiment Tumbao Montuno Salad Jeremy Kittel Jazz Violin Paul Keller Ensemble Michigan Jazz Suite Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra - Brush Fire Planet D Nonet - We Travel The Spaceways; the Music of Sun Ra & Paul Keller Trio - We Like To Riff (TIE) Planet D Nonet Swingin' The D
Outstanding Jazz Vocalist Ursula Walker - Buddy Budson and Ursula Walker Ping Spells - Jazzarray Jesse Palter - Jesse Palter Quartet Jesse Palter - Jesse Palter Quartet Tracy Kash Thomas Chris Codish Ursula Walker Sky Covington
Outstanding Modern Jazz Artist/Group Marcus Belgrave Marcus Belgrave Alexander Zonjic Scott Gwinnell Tracy Kash Thomas Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra Skeeto's Funhouse
Outstanding Traditional Jazz Artist/Group Straight Ahead Johnny Trudell Orchestra Hot Club Of Detroit Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra Metro Jazz Voices
Rock/Pop/Alternative 2004 2005 2006 2009 2010 2011 2014
Outstanding Alternative/Indie Artist/Group The Fags The Fags Crud André
Outstanding Hard Rock/Metal Artist/Group Forge Broadzilla Broadzilla
Outstanding Industrial Artist/Group Haf/Life The Impaler Crud Cybertribe Crud CyberTrybe
Outstanding Pop Artist/Group Liz Larin Jill Jack Jill Jack Ty Stone André / Serena Knight (tie) The Muggs
Outstanding Rock Artist/Group The Kingsnakes The Reefermen Liz Larin Broadzilla André Wilson
Outstanding Rock/Pop Instrumentalist Jimmy Paluzzi - drums The Fags Bobby East - guitar The Reefermen Bobby East - guitar The Reefermen Rachel May - guitar Larry Fratangelo - percussion Jimmy Bones - keyboards Johnny Bee Badanjek - drums
Outstanding Rock/Pop Recording Sista Otis and The Wholly Rollers Mindcandy Recognize Liz Larin Wake Up, Start Dreaming The Muggs On With The Show Carolyn Striho Honesty André 3 Soldiers Howling Diablos Return of the Funk Hand
Outstanding Rock/Pop Songwriter Liz Larin Tim Diaz Liz Larin Vinnie Dombroski Vinnie Dombroski André The Infatuations
Outstanding Rock/Pop Vocalist Liz Larin Jezter Soot Liz Larin Vinnie Dombroski Ty Stone Ty Stone Bootsey X
Hip hop/Urban/Funk 2004 2005 2006 2009 2014 2016
Outstanding Hip-Hop Artist/Group Black Bottom Collective Buddha Fulla Rhymez Paradime Hush Critical Bill
Outstanding Hip-Hop DJ White Boy Ric DJ Houseshoes DJ Houseshoes DJ Invisible DJ Psycho
Outstanding Hip-Hop MC Paradime Paradime Paradime Hush Volcano
Outstanding Urban/Funk Artist/Group The Brothers Groove Black Bottom Collective Black Bottom Collective The Brothers Groove Howling Diablos
Outstanding Urban/Funk Musician Chris Codish - keyboard The Brothers Groove Freeman Spells - bass Nadir/Distorted Soul Larry Lee - bass Larry Lee And Back In The Day Larry Fratangelo - percussion Skeeto Valdez -drums
Outstanding Urban/Funk Songwriter Chris Codish Nadir Nadir Chris Codish Tino Gross
Outstanding Urban/Funk Vocalist Valerie Barrymore - Foundation Of Funk Nadir - Nadir/Distorted Soul Nadir - Nadir/Distorted Soul Tosha Owens
Outstanding Urban/Funk/Hip-Hop Recording Sista Otis and The Wholly Rollers Nadir/Distorted Soul Distorted Soul 2.0 Black Bottom Collective People Mover Nadir/Distorted Soul Working For The Man Howling Diablos Return of the Funk Hand Seven the General "Detroit vs Everybody"
Reggae/World 2004 2005 2006 2009 2014
Outstanding Reggae/Ska Artist/Group Immunity Immunity Ras Kente And Take No Prisoners Posee Roots Vibrations 1592
Outstanding World Artist/Group Atlantez Blackman and Arnold Orquesta Sensacional Lola Morales The Corktown Popes
Outstanding World/Reggae/Ska Instrumentalist Eileen Orr - keyboards Atlantez Kerry Lundquist - keyboards Orchestra Sensational James Rodriguez - percussion Orquesta Sensacional Steve Caldwell - guitar Muruga Booker - Drums & Percussion
Outstanding World/Reggae/Ska Recording Brazil And Beyond Nomo Nomo Brazil And Beyond Sounds Of The Holidays Nomo Ghost Rock Muruga Booker, Pandit Samar Saha, & John Churchville Joty Drums
Outstanding World/Reggae/Ska Songwriter David Asher Rick Matle Lola Morales Joe Kidd & Sheila Burke
Outstanding World/Reggae/Ska Vocalist Gail Baker - 47Uma Benny Cruz - Benny Cruz Y La Buena Vida Pablo Ovalles - Orquesta Sensacional Lola Morales Harper (Peter D. Harper)

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