The Detroit Music awards got it's start in 1988, when the award show was proposed to the Motor City Music Foundation. The point of this awards show was to bring recognition to the Detroit area musicians. The Motor City Music Foundation held the very first Detroit Music Awards in 1992, at Detroit's Music Hall, the show in 1993 moved to the State Theatre. Since 1998, when the awards show became merged with the Metro Times sponsored Detroit Music Awards, the award show has been held every April at The Filmore in Detroit. The Detroit Music Awards features some of Detroit's most notable artists. From Bob Seger to Eminem, George Clinton and Parliament, The Clark Sisters, Kid Rock, Martha Reeves, Grand Funk Railroad, The Miracles, Insane Clown Posse, Was not Was, Ted Nugent and Smokey Robinson. The award categories for this award show cover ten genres of music; Jazz, Gospel, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Blues, World, Electronic, Rock/Pop, Classical and R&B/Hip-Hop. The 2014 show was one of the highest attended shows in the Detroit Music Awards history. Some of the winners from this show were, Jill Jack, Tosha Owens, Emily Rose, Carolyn Striho, Bobby Murray, Tino Gross, Maggie McCabe, Cybertrybe, Iggy and the Stooges, Fifty Amp Fuse, Eminem and much, much more!
The Detroit Music Awards are an amazing opportunity for local Detroiters, because it gives them the feel of a big time award show, all inside of their home town! It also gives any one who attends this Award show the opportunity to get somewhat up close and personal with their favorite Detroit native superstars. There are three phases to the award show. The first phase, known as the submission phase, is where you, the voters, get to nominate any and ALL of your favorite local Detroit artists. Unlike phase two, you do not have to be registered to nominate your favorite local and mainstream Detroit and Michigan artists! The submission phase takes place online, before phase two. Anyone can enter names of eligible artists, bands and recordings to be considered for voting during phase two! Names of artists that are eligible for consideration for nomination must have a connection, preform a body of work, or have recordings available for the public. Nominees have to be from the Metro Detroit area, which will go as far as Ann Arbor, Flint, Lake St. Clair, The Detroit River and even as far as the Ohio border!
Phase two of the Detroit Music Awards is the phase of Nominations! Only current or freshly registered Detroit Music Awards voters are allowed to take part in the Nomination phase of the award show. Throughout phase two, the nomination ballot is available to voters online, in order to vote, you will have to log into your account. Once the nomination process has begun, eligible voters will receive an email that the nomination process has officially begun! During phase two, the nomination ballot allows the voters to be able to nominate anyone of their choosing for their performance and recording categories. These must meet the eligibility requirements by selecting from names and recordings which were provided by the public in phase one. Phase three, also known as the final ballot phase, is when the current or newly registered Detroit Music Award voters are allowed to participate in the final voting phase! The final voting ballot is made up of those with the most nominated recordings, artists and bands. After the show, the winners are announced on the Detroit Music Awards website at www.detroitmusicawards.com.
At the 23rd annual Detroit Music Awards, on April 25th, 2014 Marshall Crenshaw, was the shows featured artist, receiving a distinguished achievement honor along side jazz pianist Charles Boles. Late poster artist Gary Grimshaw was also honored along side Crenshaw and Boles. Musical performances during the 2014 show included Battlecross, Jeff Gutt, Mark Pasman, Legz Diamond, Boldy James and singer songwriter Oliva Millerschin. At the 2014 show, Scott Gwinnell took home two awards, one for Outstanding Classical Composer and Outstanding Jazz Composer. Some other special honorees of the show included Tino Gross, Outstanding Record Producer, Crud, Industrial Artist/Group, Sweet Crystal, Outstanding Gospel/Christian Act and Brian “Roscoe” White, Outstanding Country Instrumentalist. Tickets for the 2015 Detroit Music Awards will go on sale sometime in late January, early February. You can purchase tickets through the Detroit Music Awards website, or from Ticketmaster. This is an award show that you do NOT want to miss out on. You get an up close and personal look at all of your favorite local artists! It's the only show in Detroit where you can feel the excitement of a high volume award show, like the Grammys or the Oscars. Get your tickets when they go on sale so you don't miss out on experiencing this amazing show!