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Greta Van Fleet leads multiple winners at Detroit Music Awards

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Greta Van Fleet was among six acts to take home three trophies from the 28th Annual Detroit Music Awards, held Friday night, April 26, at the Fillmore Detroit.

The Grammy Award-winning Frankenmuth rock quartet's first full-length album, "Anthem of the Peaceful Army," was named Outstanding Major Label Recording, while "When the Curtain Falls" was the Outstanding National Single. GVF's video for the latter also won the DMA for Outstanding Video -- Major Budget.

Joining GVF with three DMAs were blues singer Tosha Owens, classical composer and performer Jill Fitzgerald, World Music artist Maggie McCabe, gospel singer David Winans II and funk/R&B mainstay T. Money Green, who was named Outstanding Producer.

Other multiple winners, with two each, included rockers Gasoline Gypsies, jazz bandleader Scott Gwinell, singer-songwriters Billy Brandt and Jill Jack, rock and country artists Vin Dombrowski, Christian singer-songwriter Marq Andrew Speck and Liz Larin in the Electronic category.

The DMAs are voted on by music industry professionals in the Detroit metro area, including musicians, producers, studio and venue personnel, media and more.

Aretha Franklin received a posthumous Outstanding Anthology/Compilation/Reissue award for her “Atlantic Singles Collection 1967/79,” while Bettye LaVett’s “Things Have Changed,” an album of Bob Dylan covers, was named Outstanding National Small/Indie Label Recording.

Distinguished Achievement Awards were presented on Friday to Detroit poet laureate and blues artists John Sinclair and bluegrass stalwarts the RFD Boys, who both performed. Royal Oak-based Big City Rhythm & Blues magazine and its founder and publisher Robert Jr. Whitall received a Special Achievement Award, and famed Motown arranger Paul Riser received the Spirit of Detroit Entertainment -- Music award from the Detroit City Entertainment Commission.

Other performers on Friday included national country hitmaker Frankie Ballard, who debuted a new song along with a cover of Bob Seger's "You'll Accomp'ny Me," modern rocker Shortly and Mike Skill of the Romantics, who was joined by two of his bandmates for a set that included the group's "What I Like About You." The Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit presented a 60th anniversary tribute to Motown, and Ferndale singer Carl B. Phillips led a gospel tribute to Aretha Franklin.

A full list of winners can be found at detroitmusicawards.net.

Web Site: www.detroitmusicawards.net

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