The 29th annual Detroit Music Awards is moving online in the wake of the novel coronavirus scandal.
Organizers announced Monday, March 23, that "with great regret" the live ceremony, slated for April 19 at the Fillmore Detroit, has been called off and will be replaced by a streaming event at 8 p.m. that night that will include award presentations and performances. Information about the streamcast will be announced soon.
The change marks the first time since the DMAs launch in 1992 that the ceremony will not be held on stage. Performers at this year's show were to include Uncle Kracker and the Velvelettes, both receiving Distinguished Achievement Awards, along with Audra Kubat & Friends, Gangster Fun, a pairing of Audio: Birds and James Simonson Realities, and a segment with the Muggs and its side projects Dude and Rattlesnake Shake.
The Detroit Youth Choir and its director Anthony White were to receive a Special Achievement Award.
Voting for this years DMAs has been extended for an extra week, wrapping up March 29. The awards are voted on by members of the Detroit area professional music community.
Tickets for the DMAs will be refunded at the point of purchase. An April 2 Blues Showcase at the Token Lounge in Westland has been postponed as well.
More information and udpates at detroitmusicawards.net.
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