For over twenty years, Detroit bands and artists have been acknowledged for their unique talents at the annual Detroit Music Awards. This year, the Detroit Music Awards are back for the 24th annual celebration of the best in Detroit music. Bands and artists are recognized in almost every category, from Best Americana Group or Artist to Best Live Performance…to Best Rap MC, and more!
This year’s event will take place on Friday, April 10th at the Fillmore Detroit. We thought to get everyone in the mood for the show, and to give you a sneak peak at who’s up for what award, we’d dedicated this week’s Detroit Proud Playlist to some of the bands and artists who’ve been nominated.
Check them out!
The Blueflowers – “I Can’t Let Go”
Best Americana Artist/Group
Led by husband and wife songwriting-duo of singer Kate Hinote and guitarist/producer Tony Hamera, The Blueflowers evoke a noir-drenched Neverland of Western-rock and strutting bubblegum pop. They take the classic Americana sounds and bring their own flair to it. Find more on the band here!
Mainstreet Soul – “Rolling In The Deep” (Cover, Originally by Adele)
Best Blues Artist/Group
This isn’t the first year blues band Mainstreet Soul is up for a DMA, they were also nominated back in 2011 and in 2013. The 10-piece band consists of some of the finest musical talent that Metro Detroit has to offer. Their sound is unique, as each member of the band brings their personality through in the music. Find out more about them here!
Annabelle Road – “Stealin’ Home”
Best Country Artist/Group
With a sound that fills an entire room, Annabelle Road combines the best of rock and country to create music that’s uniquely their own. They describe themselves as “Carrie Underwood-meets-Johnny Cash-by way of Skynyrd.” Find out more about the band here!
DJ Psycho – “The Dungeon Series”
Best Electronic Dance Artist/Group
DJ Psycho has been repping the streets of Detroit for the last 25 years of his life, dedicating himself to the art of not only rocking the crowd, but making a mix that is as complex as his interests. He’s currently part of the Detroit Techno Militia, and you can catch him spinning his latest and greatest almost every weekend at clubs in Detroit. Find out more about him here!
Rio & The Rockabilly Revival – “Good Man”
Best Live Performance
It’s no surprise Rio & The Rockabilly Revival have been nominated for the Best Live Performance, as Rio Scafone, lead singer, really knows how to bring the energy and put on an exciting and interactive show for the crowd. Their music is a whiskey-fueled Southern revival tent with the slow burn swagger of a young Elvis Presley and wailing abandon of Little Richard. They seamlessly weave the old in with the new! Find out more from them here!
Jack White – “Lazaretto”
Best National Single
Every year, the Detroit Music Awards also pay respect to the big-time stars from Detroit. This year, Jack White is up for Best National Single for his track “Lazaretto.” We think it’s pretty rad the DMAs don’t leave out our heavy-hitters! Listen to the track here!
Erik Gustafson (Howling Diablos) – “Car Wash”
Best Rock Instrumentalist – Guitar
The Howling Diablos are a mix of rock, funk, and blues that come together in a jam-band style. They’re well-known around Detroit and have toured all around the country. They were even opening acts for Alice Cooper, Ben Harper, Incubus, and more since their start in the ‘90s. Their guitarist, Erik Gustafson, is up for Best Rock Instrumentalist. Check out more from them here!
The Infatuations – “Tonight We Celebrate”
Best Rock/Pop Artist/Group
“Detroit Block Party” is the only title appropriate for The Infatuations first full-length album because The Infatuations are simply…Detroit. They combine the well-crafted pop-soul of Motown, the sheer in-your-face audacity of Parliament Funkadelic, and the raw energy of MC5. It’s like a summertime block party, danceable and unforgettably catchy. Find out more from them here!
Doc Waffles – “Ambulance Chasers”
Best Rap MC
Experimental hip hop/rap Doc Waffles makes fun and ridiculous rap songs about anything he can think of…including waffles. He’s up this year for Best Rap MC at the DMAs…we’re hoping for a special performance! Find out more from him here!
Chrome Mollie – “Free Me”
Best Heavy Rock Artist/Group
Formed in 2009, the Chrome Mollie boys set out to write and perform a pure unadulterated brand of hard-hitting Detroit style rock. They’re currently taking the Detroit music scene by storm! Check out more from them here!
Don’t miss the 24th annual Detroit Music Awards this Friday, April 10th, at the Fillmore Detroit. To find more information, how to purchase tickets, or to see the full list of nominees, click here!