DETROIT -- After releasing her first album in 20 years during 2016, it was Thronetta Davis’ night on Friday, May 5, at the 26th Annual Detroit Music Awards.
The veteran metro area singer took home eight trophies, including Outstanding Blues Recording for the album “Honest Woman,” Outstanding Blues Artist/Group, Outstanding Blues Songwriter, Outstanding Blues Vocalist, Outstanding Live Performance, Outstanding Record Producer, Outstanding Video, Limited Budget for “Sister Friend Indeed” and Outstanding Urban Vocalist.
Iggy Pop and Jack White each took home a pair of DMAs in national categories. Pop won Oustanding National Major Label Recording for last year’s “Post Pop Depression” and Oustanding Video, Major Budget for Gardenia, while White’s “Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016” received the Oustanding Athology/Compilation/Reissue award and his “Acoustic In Idaho” was named Outstanding National Small/Independent Label Recording. Laith Al-Saadi, the 2016 finalist on “The Voice,” received three DMAs including Outstanding Blues Instrumentalist, Outstanding National Single for his version of the Box Tops’ “The Letter” and Outstanding Rock Instrumentalist.
Other multiple winners included Jill Jack, Liz Larin, Sean Blackman, the Orbitsuns, Jennifer Westwood, Flint Eastwood, David Winans, T Money Green, the Muggs and Dennis Coffey. The full winners list can be found at DetroitMusicAwards.net.
Friday’s ceremony at the Fillmore Detroit featured performances by Royce da 5’9” -- who also received the Spirit of Detroit Entertainment Award -- with the band VMDP, the Fags, the Craig Brown Band, Jena Irene Asciutto, the Theatre Bizarre Orchestra, Bill Grogan’s Goat and the KDJ Trio. Sixties rock veterans Third Power and SRC performed and received a Distinguished Achievement Award, while the Sphinx Organization and Ypsilanti public radio station WEMU also received special awards. -- Digital First Media Staff Reports
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