Mickie James, Josh Halverson and More Honored at Native American Music Awards Held In Niagara Falls

The 17th Annual Native American Music Awards were held on Saturday, Oct. 14 at the Events Center at Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino. The night was filled with performances, from traditional drums to dub step music. Among the honorees were country musician Mickie James and The Voice finalist Josh Halverson. 

Mickie James

Mickie James was inducted into the Native American Music Hall of Fame. The recording artist and WWE Superstar also took the award for Song of the Year with “Shooting Blanks.” 

Josh Halverson was named Artist of the Year. The singer/songwriter from Texas recently released a new album, Year of the Thunderbird, which took the award for Best Folk Recording.

Josh Halverson

Plans are underway to rebroadcast the performance. Visit the Native American Music Awards for updates, or join their mailing list to be alerted to the latest news. 

NYS Music congratulates all the winners and nominees for the 17th annual Native American Music Awards. 


Artist of the Year
Josh Halverson
“Year of the Thunderbird”

Debut Artist of the Year
Lucas Ciliberti

Debut Group of the Year
Black Bear Brothers
“Songs from Cheyenne Creek”

Best Female Artist
Kelly Derrickson
“I Am”

Flutist of the Year
Randy McGinnis
“The Journey – hi a vi si i”

Group of the Year
The Cody Blackbird Band
“Live From Chicago”

Best Male Artist
Conrad Benally
“Always And Forever”

Record of the Year
Nahko and Medicine For The People

Song of the Year
“Shooting Blanks”
Mickie James

Best Music Video
DJ Shub & Northern Cree Singers

Best Music Video For A Performance
Jan Michael Looking Wolf Band

Best Music Video For A Narrative
“Never Give Up”
Artson, Supaman & Quese Imc

Native Heart
Bearheart Kokopelli
Bernhard Mikuskovics (3rd from left)
“Native Heart”

Best Country Recording
“You’ve Got to Go Back the Way That You Came”
Danielle Egnew

Best Folk Recording
“Year of the Thunderbird”
Josh Halverson

Best Gospel/Inspirational
“Awake, Arise and Shine”
Callie Bennett

Best Instrumental Recording
“Songs of the Earth”
Vince Redhouse

Best Native American Church Recording
Cheevers Toppah

Best Pop Recording
Cherokee National Youth Choir

Best Pow Wow Recording
“It’s A Cree Thing”
Northern Cree

Best Rap/Hip Hop/R&B Recording
“The 7th Generation Prophecy”
Sten Joddi

Best Rock / Best Blues Recording
“Take Me Back”
Levi Platero

Best Traditional Recording
“Before America”
James Edmund Greeley

Best Waila Recording
“Creed and Culture”
Native Creed

Lifetime Achievement Award
Gary Farmer

Honorary Award of Excellence
Arthur Redcloud

Hall of Fame
Mickie James

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