Frankenmuth rock upstarts Greta Van Fleet swept the national categories and local singer Thornetta Davis continued her dominance during the 27th annual Detroit Music Awards on Friday night, May 4, at the Fillmore Detroit.
GVF’s “Highway Song” took home trophies for Outstanding National Single and Outstanding Video, Major Budget, while its album “From The Fires” was named Outstanding National Major Label Recording. The group was in Texas to play festival dates but was represented by its parents during a pre-show ceremony. The group recently finished its next album and will return home play three sold-out shows at the Fillmore later this month.
Davis led all winners by adding another six DMAs to her trophy case, including: Outstanding Blues Artist/Group; Outstanding Blues Songwriter; Outstanding Blues Vocalist; Outstanding Urban Songwriter; Outstanding Urban Vocalist; and Outstanding Video, Limited Budget for “I Believe (Everything Gonna Be Alright).”
Other multiple DMA winners on Friday included Tosha Owens, Takashi Io and Sean Blackman with three each, and the Gasoline Gypsies, Jill Jack, Amp Fiddler, Jennifer Westwood, David Winans and the Muggs with two.
The DMAs also honored R&B singer Melvin Davis and songwriter Allee Willis with Distinguished Achievement Awards and the band Sponge with a Special Achievement Award for its debut album “Rotting Piñata.” The original members of Sponge played for the first time since 1994, delivring a six-song closing set, along with performances by Davis, rap acts Kash Doll and Maroon, Frontier Ruckus, Virginia Violet & the Rays, Liquid Monk and Assemble Sound.
The full winners list can be found at detroitmusicawards.net.
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