Nominations have been announced for the 16th Annual Native American Music Awards (NAMA) to be held on September 17 on Seneca Territory, at the Events Center of the Seneca Allegany Casino.
The nominations were selected by combined votes of NAMA Advisory Board Membership, aiming to spotlight the highest quality recordings by music makers throughout Indian Country in 25 different music categories.
According to a press release, both old and new artists made the cut this year, featuring noteworthy selections such as, America’s Got Talent finalists, Lil Mike and Funny Bone, and GRAMMY Award winners, Primeaux & Mike.
There will be performances at the awards ceremony by several artists including, Shelley Morningsong, the nominee for both Artist of Year and Record of the Year for “Love Medicine,” Fabian Fontenelle for his twice nominated recording, “Songs of Our Ancestors: Songs of the Zuni”, and and previous NAMA Award winner, Bear Fox who was nominated for her solo effort, “Daybreak” and will also perform with her traditional women’s group she co-founded, The Akwesasne Singers.
A Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Joseph Fire Crow, a Cheyenne singer/songwriter, flutist, and actor. Fire Crow has won Best Songwriter, Best Instrumental Recording, Artist of the Year, Best Song Single, and is a three time Best Flutist award winner by the Native American Music Awards.
The Native American Music Awards & Association is the world’s largest professional membership-based organization committed to honoring contemporary and traditional Native American music initiatives.
Voting is now open to the general public. For more information, please visit www.nativeamericanmusicawards.com.
2016 Native American Music Awards & Association Nominees:
ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Annie Humphrey (Ojibwe) – Uncombed Hair
Joe Tohonnie Jr (Apache/Navajo) – Family Keeping Our Traditions Alive
Shelley Morningsong (Northern Cheyenne) – Love Medicine
Steven Rushingwind (Cahuilla) – Red Beaten Path
Tabitha Fair (Chickasaw) – Toward The Rising Sun
Vince Redhouse (Navajo) – Appear To Be
BEST BLUES RECORDING
All Our Relations – Blue Mountain Tribe (Chiricahua Apache)
Big N’ Tasty – BNT Big N Tasty Blues Band (Oneida of Wisconsin)
Native American Gratitude – Tony Eagleheart Garcia (Tarasco/Purepecna of Michoacan/Huichol/Sierra Madra)
Song of the Wolf – Graywolf Blues Band (Yaqui)
Swingin’ Tomahawk – Billy Joe Green (Anishinaabe Ojibway)
That’s All I Need – Twice As Good (Pomo)
BEST COUNTRY RECORDING
Acoustic Sessions – Tyra Preston (Navajo)
Last Ride – C-WEED (Anishinaabe aka Ojibway)
Love Drunk Fool – Wayne Garner (Cherokee)
Reservation Girl – Desert West (Navajo)
Til The Cowboys Come Home- Kimberley Dawn (Metis)
Warriors of Love – Kelly Derrickson (West Bank First Nation Okanagan)
Blackkiss (Navajo) – Dirt Dance Floor
Carmen Jones (Ojibway) – Can You See It
Connor Chee (Navajo) – The Navajo Piano
Logan Staats (Mohawk) – Goodbye Goldia
Niizhoo Sullivan (LCO Ojibway)- Rez Kid Rhythmn
Thana Redhawk (Apache/Cherokee/Aztec/Sioux/Mexica) – Medicine Frequencies
DEBUT GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR
7th Generation Rise (Oglala/Yaqui) – The Fifth World
Company 2015 (Navajo) – Company 2015
David Rose & Pete Barnhart (Choctaw/Cherokee) – Falling To Grace
Jaaji & Chelsey June (Mohawk/Inuk) – Twin Flames
Scatter Their Own (Oglala Lakota) – Taste The Time
Jay – Wellz Music (Rosebud Sioux/Sicangu Oyate) – Every Minute of it or EMOI
BEST FEMALE VOCALIST
Bear Fox (Mohawk) – Daybreak
Fawn Wood (Cree) – Kikawiynaw
Kelly Derrickson (West Bank First Nation Okanagan) – Warriors of Love
Kimberley Dawn (Metis) – Til The Cowboys Come Home
Rona Yellow Robe (Chippewa Cree) – Lighting Our Way
Sage Bond (Lakota) – Sage Bond
BEST FOLK SPOKEN WORD RECORDING
Another Man’s Son – Jonathan Maracle (Mohawk)
Justice In Time – Bobby Bullet (Lac Du Flambeau/Lake Superior Chippewa)