Beauty, Unity & Talent Abundant on Awards Night

Saginaw Grant was presented the Living Legend award.

Saginaw Grant was presented the Living Legend award.

Special Honorees Feature Actor Saginaw Grant & Black Eyed Peas’ Taboo

Published September 25, 2016

NIAGARA FALLS, NEW YORK – On Saturday, September 17, 2016, the 16th Annual Native American Music Awards was an evening filled with beauty, love, laughter and tears from actors, comedians and musicians in Native American entertainment held at the Seneca Allegany Casino in New York.

Interspersed with moving musical tributes and highly dynamic performances, it was an emotionally and spiritually charged event with special award recipients ranging from from elder and Living Legend Award recipient, Saginaw Grant, Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Joseph FireCrow, Entertainers of the Year Williams and Ree, and Hall of Fame inductee Taboo, who leaked to the audience that a new Black Eyed Peas recording is in the near future.

A special appearance was made by the family of nominee Joseph Flying Bye, whose recording, Putting The Moccasins Back On, was post humously nominated in two categories. His son, Allen Flying Bye and ten other family members, drove all the way from Standing Rock, North Dakota to the show. In a showing of unity and solidarity, they received an overwhelming response from the attendees supporting their opposition of the Dakota Access pipeline. Several weeks prior, Seneca President John had visited with Standing Rock Tribal Chairman David Archambault II. Recently, nominees of the Native American Music Awards contributed their songs to a free Cd entitled, Water Is Life to support the Standing Rock Sioux Community.

Awarded Entertainers of the Year, the comedy duo Williams and Ree who were at the inaugural awards show back in 1998, had the entire audience laughing with both their spoken skits and their songs.

Traditional performances were held by the Awards’ youngest nominee and rising star, 12 year-old hand drummer, Nizhoo Sullivan, as well as Theresa Bear Fox and the Akwesasne Women Singers, and Joseph Fire Crow who also picked up the tempo with a contemporary song performed with the Ed Koban house band.

Taboo was inducted into the Native American Music Awards Hall of Fame

Taboo was inducted into the Native American Music Awards Hall of Fame

Shelley Morningsong took the coveted Artist of the Year award, and commanded the stage with a stellar performance of singing and playing flute as her husband and musical partner, Fabian Fontenelle performed in his stunning regalia.

Best Pop Recording winner, Spencer Battiest, and his brother Doc, gave an impressive performance with a moving ballad and a hip hop song.

John Trudell’s tribute was held in two parts; a song entitled DNA, by Annie Humphrey who has previously collaborated with Trudell, and Ancestors Song, by Thana Redhawk featuring the intertwined words of both Trudell and Redhawk.

The evening closed with a bittersweet moment when the award for Record of the Year went to the late Jim Boyd for his last recording, Bridge Creek Road. His wife Shelly, was on hand to accept the award accompanied by 15 members of Jim’s family including Jim’s eldest son, daughter, his sister, nieces and nephews. Their somber acceptance was followed by a tribute performance held by Keith Secola and Jim’s long time drummer Alfonso Kolb along with special guests Annie Humphrey and Sage Bond.

Other award winners in attendance include; Logan Staats for Debut Artist of the Year, David Rose and Pete Barnhart for Debut Duo of the Year, Rona Yellow Robe for Flutist of the Year, 7 Trees for Best Historical Recording, Connor Chee for Best Instrumental Recording, Conrad Benally for Best Inspirational Recording, Blue Flamez for Best Music Video, B of Dakota South Records for Song of the Year, Sue Straw for Best Spoken Word Recording, Women of Heart for Best Traditional Recording, and Michael Longrider for Native Heart.

The Native American Music Awards extends their sincerest congratulations to all the Award winners.

NATIVE AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS 2016 WINNERS

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Shelley Morningsong
Love Medicine

BEST BLUES RECORDING
All Our Relations
Blue Mountain Tribe

BEST COUNTRY RECORDING
Reservation Girl
Desert West

DEBUT ARTIST 
Logan Staats
Goodbye Goldia

DEBUT DUO OF THE YEAR
David Rose & Pete Barnhart
Falling To Grace

BEST FEMALE VOCALIST
Fawn Wood
Kikawiynaw

BEST FOLK SPOKEN WORD RECORDING
Native American Songs & Stories For Children
Sue Straw

FLUTIST OF THE YEAR
Rona Yellow Robe
Shoot For The Moon

GROUP OF THE YEAR
Rain Dance The Album
Lil Mike & FunnyBone

BEST INSPIRATIONAL RECORDING
Heart and Soul
Conrad Benally

BEST HISTORICAL RECORDING
Mackenzie’s Raid
7 Trees

BEST INSTRUMENTAL RECORDING
The Navajo Piano
Connor Chee

BEST MALE VOCALIST
Roman Orona
Circling Spirits Contemporary Apache Songs

BEST POP RECORDING
Stupid In Love
Spencer Battiest

BEST POW WOW RECORDING
Born To Sing
Young Bear

BEST RAP/HIP HOP RECORDING
The Addiction
Night Shield

RECORD OF THE YEAR
Bridge Creek Road
Jim Boyd

BEST ROCK RECORDING
Spirit Cry
Spirit Cry

SINGLE OF THE YEAR 
Come And Get Your Love
B. of Dakota South Records

BEST TRADITIONAL RECORDING
Sisters In Spirit
Women of Heart

BEST MUSIC VIDEO 
Rez Life
Blue Flamez

BEST WAILA RECORDING
In Loving Memory of Our Beloved Father & Uncle
Family Pride

NATIVE HEART 
Michael Longrider
In Through The Mist

ENTERTAINERS OF THE YEAR
Williams & Ree

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT 
Joseph FireCrow

LIVING LEGEND
Saginaw Grant

HALL OF FAME
Taboo

 

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