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Kid Rock, Raconteurs Among Detroit Music Awards Winners

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DETROIT -- Kid Rock, George Clinton and the Raconteurs were among the big name winners at the 18th Annual Detroit Music Awards held Friday (April 17) night at the Fillmore Detroit.

Country singer Whitey Morgan was the top honoree overall, winning three awards for Outstanding Country Vocalist, Outstanding Country Songwriter and Outstanding Country Recording for "Honky Tonks and Cheap Motels" with his band, the 78's. Singer-songwriter Billy Brandt was named Outstanding Folk Artist and Outstanding Acoustic/Folk Vocalist, and his band Grievous Angel was named Outstanding Country Group

Clarkston resident Rock won Outstanding National Single for his 2008 hit "All Summer Long," while the Raconteurs -- which features former Detroiters Jack White of the White Stripes and Brendan Benson -- took home Outstanding Major Label Album for "Consolers of the Lonely." Clinton's "George Clinton and His Gangsters of Love" was named the Outstanding National Small/Independent Label Recording, and the lavish box set "Motown: The Complete No. 1's" received the Outstanding Anthology/Compilation/Reissue trophy.

Ten acts took home two trophies each, including Vinnie Dombroski (Sponge, Crud and the Orbitsuns), singer-songwriter Ty Stone, blues guitarist Jimmy McCarty, blues singer Alberta Adams, rock group the Hard Lessons, rapper Hush, keyboardist Chris Codish, R&B bandleader Nadir, Latino singer Lola Morales and hard rocker Rachel May.

The Detroit Music Awards are sponsored by the Motor City Music Foundation, a non-profit organization. Friday's show featured the first performance by the original lineup of Distinguished Achievement Award recipients the Amboy Dukes in 40 years; the group performed its hits "Baby Please Don't Go" and "Journey to the Center of the Mind," followed by a rendition of Mitch Ryder's "Jenny Take a Ride" featuring former Ryder drummer Johnny "Bee" Badanjek. The Miracles, Contours featuring Sylvester Potts and guitarist Dennis Coffey were featured in a Motown 50th Anniversary Revue, while bluegrass trio Cats & the Fiddler, rapper Mae Day and rockers Bump also performed. There were tributes to the late Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton and to jazz/R&B organist Lyman Woodard, and the Deaf Performing Artists Network (D-PAN) also demonstrated its initiatives for making music accessible to the hearing impaired.

A full list of winners is available at www.detroitmusicawards.com.

Web Site: www.detroitmusicawards.com

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