15 Artists Win Indigenous Music Awards in Categories From Rock to Hip Hop
Earlier tonight, 15 artists had the honour of hearing their names announced as winners of an Indigenous Music Award and walking across the stage to receive their award – a hand drum painted by Graffiti Gallery artists. Now, they can call themselves Indigenous Music Award winners.
In between winner announcements, Crystal Shawanda, Northern Cree, Fred Penner, Mariame, Felipe Gomez, Christa Couture, and Chante Assiniboine and the Spirit Horse Singers moved the crowd with powerful performances.
Logan Staats took home Best Folk Album for his record, Goodbye Goldia, and his producer, Derek Miller, also took home an award for his work on the album.
Special guests include Dave Courchene, who kicked off the evening with an opening prayer. Member of Parliament for Charleswood, Doug Eyolfson, and Executive Director of the Waiata Maori Music Awards, Ellisor Huata, also joined us and presented awards this evening.
The award show, formerly the Aboriginal People Choice Awards, took a year off and re-branded itself as the Indigenous Music Awards. The awards now work on an industry voting system to further legitimize the selection process and give nominees the chance to get their music in front of industry professionals who might not have heard it otherwise.
This year, the Indigenous Music Awards welcomed new partnerships with SiriusXM Canada, Exclaim!, and Winnipeg Folk Festival. They joined long-time supporters Casinos of Winnipeg, APTN, and CBC Manitoba.
Best Rock Album
Kristi Lane Sinclair
Best New Artist
presented by SiriusXM
Best Radio Single
presented by Indigenous Music Countdown
Black & Grey
Pretty Little Nightmare
Best Music Video
presented by Exclaim!
Thru The Red Door – Logan Staats/Goodbye Goldia
Best International Indigenous Release
Imbaya Full Flavour
Best Radio Station
Unreserved: Radio Indigenous
CBC Radio One
Best Blues Album
Cradle to the Grave
Best Country Album
presented by Casinos of Winnipeg
Best Folk Album
presented by Winnipeg Folk Festival
Best Indigenous Language, or Francophone
Album presented by APTN
Best Instrumental Album
Best Pop Album
presented by CBC Manitoba
Best Rap Hip Hop
Lifetime Achievement Award
Awards for Best Peyote Album, Best Pow Wow Contemporary Album, Best Pow Wow Contemporary Album, and Best Pow Wow Traditional Album will be presented at the International Pow Wow presented by Casinos of Winnipeg after the evening Grand Entry, which starts at 7:00pm.
ABOUT INDIGENOUS MUSIC AWARDS:
Presented annually by Manito Ahbee Festival, Indigenous Music Awards (formerly Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards) is the world's premier awards show recognizing the accomplishments of Indigenous recording artists and music industry professionals from around the globe.
ABOUT MANITO AHBEE FESTIVAL:
Manito Ahbee Festival celebrates Indigenous arts, culture, and music in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The 12th annual festival is May 17-21, 2017 and features the Indigenous Music Awards, Indigenous Music Conference, International Pow Wow, Casinos of Winnipeg Indigenous Marketplace and Trade Show, Getting Jiggy With It, Art Expo, Art Challenge, and MTS Youth Education Day.