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Apr 4, 2012
04:25 PM

2012 Detroit Music Award Nominees

Did your favorite local artist make the cut?

2012 Detroit Music Award Nominees

Here are some noted local artists that the 2012 Detroit Music Awards have chosen to honor as nominees. Who you want to win? Who do you think was left out? Let us know in the comments!

Outstanding Acoustic Artist/Group

Paul Miles
Tosha Owens

Outstanding Acoustic/Folk Recording

Mayaeni “Cold Love”

Outstanding Acoustic/Folk Vocalist

Tosha Owens

Outstanding Blues Artist/Group

Johnnie Bassett & the Blues Insurgents
Paul Miles
Thornetta Davis

Outstanding Blues/R&B Instrumentalist

Johnnie Bassett ( guitar )
Paul Miles ( guitar )

Outstanding Blues/R&B Recording

Paul Miles “Healing Vibrations”
T Money Green’s Roadwork “Is it Over?”

Outstanding Blues/R&B Songwriter

Paul Miles

Outstanding Blues/R&B Vocalist

Alberta Adams
Thornetta Davis
Tosha Owens

Outstanding Classical Composer

Rick Robinson

Outstanding Classical Instrumentalist

Michelle May ( violin / flute )
Rick Robinson ( bass )

Outstanding Classical Small Ensemble

Cut Time Players

Outstanding Classical Vocalist

Amber Williams
Outstanding Electronic/Dance Artist/Group
Eprom Colony

Outstanding Electronic/Dance DJ

DJ Psycho

Outstanding Electronic/Dance Recording

Eprom Colony “Around Again”

Outstanding Electronic/Dance Writer/Producer

Doc Colony
Gabe Gonzalez

Outstanding Anthology/Compilation/Reissue

Diana Ross & the Supremes “50th Anniversary: The Singles Collection 1961-1969”
( Motown / UMe )
The Temptations “50th Anniversary: The Singles Collection 1961 – 1971
( Motown/ U Me )

Outstanding National Major Label Album  

Bad Meets Evil ( Eminem & Royce da 5’9” “Hell: The Sequel” ( Shady/ Innerscope )
Big Sean “Finally Famous” ( G.O.O.D. Music/ Def Jam )

Outstanding National Single

Aretha Franklin “How Long I’ve Been Waiting”
Bad Meets Evil “Lighters”

Outstanding Video / Independent Budget (Under $10,000)

Paul Miles “ Building Dreams”

Outstanding Video / Major Budget (Over $10,000)

Aretha Franklin “How Long I’ve Been Waiting”

Outstanding Gospel/Christian Act

God’s Army
Twinkie Clark

Outstanding Gospel/Christian Musician

Al McKenzie ( piano )
Demetrius Krayon Nabors ( keyboards )

Outstanding Gospel/Christian Recording

Al McKenzie “Heaven”
David Winans ll “Find the Water”
God’s Army “J.E.S.U.S.”
Outstanding Gospel/Christian Songwriter
Al McKenzie
God’s Army
Sonnie Day

Outstanding Gospel/Christian Vocalist

Penny Wells
Sonnie Day

Outstanding Jazz Composer

Damon Warmack
Wendell Harrison

Outstanding Jazz Instrumentalist

Damon Warmack ( bass )
Phil Hale ( keyboards )
Skeeto Valdez ( drums )

Outstanding Jazz Recording

Al McKenzie “Strawberry Moon”
Demetrius Krayon Nabors “A Journey Within Part 1”
Penny Wells “Penny Sings Burt” Tribute to Burt Bacharach

Outstanding Jazz Vocalist

Penny Wells
Sky Covington

Outstanding Modern Jazz Artist/Group

Trio Nomadian

Outstanding Hip-Hop Artist/Group

Enema Squad
God’s Army
Miz Korona

Outstanding Hip-Hop DJ

DJ Los
DJ Mo Beatz
DJ Psycho

Outstanding Hip-Hop MC

Miz Korona
W. Draztik

Outstanding Urban/Funk Artist/Group

Big Will & the 360 Degrees Band
Nadir
T Money Green’s Roadwork

Outstanding Urban/Funk Musician

Gabe Gonzalez ( drums )
Nadir ( guitar )
Phil Hale ( keyboards )
Skeeto Valdez ( drums )
T Money Green ( bass )

Outstanding Urban/Funk Songwriter

Gabe Gonzalez
Nadir
T Money Green

Outstanding Urban/Funk Vocalist

Gabe Gonzalez
Nadir
T Money Green
William ( Big Will ) Elijah

Outstanding Urban/Funk/Hip-Hop Recording

T Money Green’s Roadwork  “In the Room”
The Undi$co Kidd “A Negative Nuisance”
United States of Mind “Ringmaster”

Outstanding Rock/Pop Instrumentalist

Emily Rogers ( bass )
Gabe Gonzalez ( drums )
Skeeto Valdez ( drums )

Industrial Artist/Group

Eprom Colony
The Impaler

Rock/Pop Artist/Group

Jiva

National Indie Label Rock Artist/Group

Critical Bill

Outstanding Reggae/Ska Artist/Group

King Mellowman and Mello Runnings
Roots Vibration

Outstanding World/Reggae/Ska Instrumentalist

Gabe Gonzalez ( drums )

Outstanding World/Reggae/Ska Vocalist

Benny Cruz
King Mellowman

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Apr 10, 2012 12:54 am
 Posted by  ronda

I read the unsigned artist article and I usually do not make comments. But the more I read,the more I felt the need to say something. It sounds to me as if the selected indie-artist are cry babies, whom don't understand the business. In addition to being flat out lazy, and view the glass as half empty. There are a million plus artist out there trying to get on. If you have a opportunity to collect a check, and work with someone established. Then that's what you do. Artist like Master P "No Limit" Baby "Cash Money" and KEM, are entrepreneurs real business minded grinders. They made the label have to deal with them. By printing and selling there own products. These cats made their own way. Not just singing a few songs, and crying cause a major didn't pick them up, or pay for videos,or you got shelved. Real entrepreneurs make a way, and last time I checked you are in the record business. If all you want to do is sing an get credit then join the church choir, you can get your shout out credits every Sunday. Now if you want credit at B of A, handle your business get good representation, put your hard hat on & go to work. Why not build on the fact that you did get selected and was paid? Do you think bad mouthing the artist that paid you, and put you on, will want to work with you again? Hello STUPID, who wants to work with a in grateful cry baby?

Apr 11, 2012 03:14 am
 Posted by  1stmynd

Conrrats to the nominees and, I gotta be a hater to the nominations comitee for not venturing ut enugh to recognize new and inventive talent under the age of 35. Next year pleeeaase!!! Check for youngsters who DO MORE, than rap!! Roll Call for new young artists ( who do btw. Have actual albums singles etc.)
CHARITY WARD
KENDRICK HARDAWAY
RAW VOYCES
L'RENEE MJ ROBINSON
JAY MICHAELZ
D. REED
JOURNEY
CEL
NECCO REDD
REN CEN COOL BEANS
PATO MARGETIC
OR JUST COME TO AN R&B LIVE DETROIT SHOW!!! ALL THESE ARTISTS AND MORE HAVE TOUCHED THE STAGE AT LEAST TWICE OVER OUR 5 YEARS OF CONSISTENT EXISTENCE!!

Apr 13, 2012 05:00 pm
 Posted by  Sonnie Day

Thanks for the listing in the Blog! Excited about the nomination!

Apr 15, 2012 06:04 pm
 Posted by  player

After looking at the nominees for the past couple years I have noticed that they have the same people on the ballot every year. Not taking nothing from none of the artist but I notice this group Mark Mixx & The Street Jazz Cartel on a Major Stage With Michael Franks in Concert. I met the leader Mark Mixx and was glad to be in his presence. I purchase the Cd that night and been hooked ever since. I didnt even know he was and still is a Detroiter. I did More research on this group and was amazed on their track record. Right now they have so many songs on major radio stations and making so much noise Independently. I cant believe that they are not on this ballot. And I just picked up their new album and it is just as good or even better than their first one...So people on this committee do more research on more groups before you throw your next award show.. I will not support such a bias event..

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