The rapper Redd led all winners at the 30th Annual Detroit Music Awards on Sunday, April 11, sweeping the Rap category with five awards.
He was followed by Tosha Owens, Jill Jack, Laura Rain and Sky Covington with three awards each, while Alice Cooper, Julianne Ankley, the Detroit Youth Choir, Bugs Beddow and Peggy Turner-Carr each received two.
Chatting online with organizers after the ceremony, Redd said that, "Music is my everything, so to be honored and recognized on a platform like the DMAs is a milestone big enough only to be rivaled by a Grammy nomination...I'm forever grateful to be accoladed and recognized amongst legends, idols and my biggest influences."
Redd's awards included Outstanding Rap Artist, Outstanding Rap Composer, Outstanding Rap MC, Outstanding Rap Producer and Outstanding Rap Recording for "Symphony of Sympathy."
The DMAs are voted on by professional members of Detroit's music community during a three-phase process held earlier in the year.
Sunday's show, the second DMA ceremony to be held virtually, featured performances by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, CeCe Winans, Danny Kroha, the Keynote Sisters, Rob Stone, David McMurray and Black Light Collective, the Keynote Sisters and Feeder Loft featuring Cousin Mouth. Matt Smith of Outrageous Cherry played the group's "Our Love Will Change the World," recently covered by Alice Cooper for his "Detroit Stories" album, as well as Cooper's "Welcome to My Nightmare." Kiss'
Paul Stanley, who wrote the hit "Detroit Rock City" 45 years ago, appeared with his other band, Soul Station, covering the Miracle's "Ooh Baby Baby," and the DMAs hosted the world premiere of a video for Suzi Quatro's "Motor City Riders" from her latest album, "The Devil in Me." The ceremony also featured memorial tributes for Mary Wilson and Alto Reed.
DMA presenters this year included Quatro, Stanley, Cooper, Peter Frampton, Lyle Lovett, David Coverdale of Whitesnake, and Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick, Don Was, Ed Robertson of Barenaked Ladies, Detroit Symphony Orchestra Music Director Jader Bignamini, hit songwriter J.T. Harding and other Detroit music and cultural luminaries. Several past hosts of the DMAs -- J. Chris Newberg, Mark Ridley, Mike Ridley and "Wolfman" Mac Kelly -- returned to take part in the show.
The show did experience technical glitches due to Facebook's computerized algorithms, which knocked the show off line for a number of viewers. Detroit Music Awards Foundation President Howard Hertz explained afterwards that despite securing all necessary rights to the material that was performed, Facebook targeted a less-than-two-minute segment from the show as a reason for dropping the stream -- a common problem with events on the service.
DMA organizers have filed for a correction with Facebook and plan to have the ceremony streaming on its web page and YouTube some time Monday, April 12.
The full list of this year's winners is also available via detroitmusicawards.net.
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