Nammy Winners Announced: For the 18th Annual Native American Music Awards

Award winners included Best Music Video Performance, Through the Flood by Indian City / Vince Fontaine, NAMA 2018 Artist of the Year Annie Humphrey, Best Single Recording Left Right Left by Mickie James and Best Rap Hip Hop Recording Brave Star, Artson, Courtesy photos NAMA 2018

The 18th Annual Awards Gala was held Friday, October 12th at the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino

Annie Humphrey, Ojibwe, a musical artist that hails from the Leech Lake reservation, took home artist of the year in the wake of her well-received album, The Beast and The Garden. Humphrey was one of several celebrated artists at the Nammy Awards. Other Native musical artists awarded included Kelly Derrickson for best female artist, Randy Wood for best male artist, Twin Flames for group of the year and Michael Bucher and Paco Fralick’s ‘Women and Water’ was awarded song of the year.

The Eighteenth Annual Native American Music Awards Show took place this Friday, October 12, 2018 as part of the United Southern & Eastern Tribes conference at the Seneca Niagara Casino in Niagara Falls in New York.

According to NAMA president Ellen Bello, there were over 200 music recording submissions for the Eighteenth Annual Native American Music Awards. Bello says it was a special night celebrating Native music.

“It was a beautiful night...from Saginaw Grant & the drum group for Don't Let the Drums Go Silent to Connor Chee with is a 95-year-old grandfather, to the fun of YMCA and Zippin up my Boots with Felipe Rose and Tracy Lee Nelson's dedication to MMIW. It was all very special including winner Paco Fralick talking about Michael Bucher and the Pine Ridge Flute Society and Annie Humphrey honoring those who served in the military (like herself) -- those were among the most poignant wins of the evening,” said Bello.

In recognition of the plight of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls #MMIW and #MMIWG, artists at the awards show wore red ribbons. Courtesy photos

Here are the list of winners:

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Annie Humphrey

The Beast and The Garden

DEBUT ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Calvin Standing Bear

Fly Eagle Fly

Debut Artist of the Year, Calvin Standing Bear, sent an email to Indian Country Today regarding his album Fly Eagle Fly.

Standing Bear said a song came to in a dream in the Lakota language to honor the Eagle Nation. "The words have been translated into English. The song speaks for itself as you will feel yourself soaring with the eagle. The eagle flies the highest to carry our prayers to the Creator."

Standing Bear said he wants to thank his mother, Neva Standing Bear, Light in the Lodge, who helped him translate this song from a dream into reality. Neva has since gone to the spirit world.

DEBUT GROUP OF THE YEAR

Dreamwalker Suite

People of the Star Orchestra

BEST FEMALE ARTIST

Kelly Derrickson

I Am

FLUTIST OF THE YEAR

Pine Ridge Flute Society

Waziahanhan Siyotanka Okolakiciye

GROUP OF THE YEAR

Twin Flames

Signal Fire

BEST MALE ARTIST

Randy Wood

Family

BEST AMERICANA RECORDING

Cluster Stars

Sandra Sutter

BEST BLUES RECORDING

Blues Loving Man

Tracy Lee Nelson

BEST COUNTRY RECORDING

Never Let Me Go

Desja Eagle Tail

BEST FOLK RECORDING

Signal Fire

Twin Flames

BEST NATIVE AMERICAN CHURCH RECORDING

Songs of the Native American Church from Oklahoma Vol 5

Oliver Littlecook, O.J. Littlecook, Kyle Robedeaux

BEST HISTORICAL LINGUISTIC RECORDING

Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa

Jeremy Dutcher

BEST SPOKEN WORD RECORDING

Fires of Thunder

Thana Redhawk

BEST INSTRUMENTAL RECORDING

Rushingwind

Steven Rushingwind

BEST POP RECORDING

Safe in the Arms of Time

Rita Coolidge

BEST POW WOW RECORDING

The Journey

Stoney Park

BEST RAP HIP HOP RECORDING

Brave Star

Artson

BEST ROCK RECORDING

Something Inside Is Broken

Native American Rock Opera

Various Artists

BEST TRADITIONAL RECORDING

Sweat Lodge Songs

Craig Elkshoulder

BEST WAILA RECORDING

All For You

O’odham Nights

RECORD OF THE YEAR

Don’t Let The Drums Go Silent

Saginaw Grant

SONG OF THE YEAR

Women and Water

Paco Fralick and Michael Bucher

BEST SINGLE RECORDING

Left Right Left

Mickie James

BEST DANCE SONG

Going Back To My Roots

Felipe Rose

BEST NEW AGE INSTRUMENTAL SONG

Beginnings

Connor Chee

Winners for Best New Age Instrumental Video Beginnings, Connor Chee. Courtesy photo

BEST MUSIC VIDEO CONCEPT

Sky World

Supaman, Bear Fox, Teio Swathe

Nammy winners Sky World for Best Music Video Concept, Paco Fralick and Michael Bucher for 'Women and Water' which received song of the year and Tracy Lee Nelson for Best Blues Recording with 'Blues Loving Man.' Courtesy Photos

BEST MUSIC VIDEO NARRATIVE

Lakota WIll Live

Terrance. Jade

BEST MUSIC VIDEO PERFORMANCE

Through the Flood

Indian City

NATIVE HEART

Alexander Van Bubenheim

Don't Let The Drums Go Silent

BEST NATIONAL RADIO PROGRAM

Pow Wow Radio

Pow Wows.com

BEST INDIE ARTIST

P.J. Vegas

Tears

COMEDIAN OF THE YEAR

Tonia Jo Hall

(Auntie Beachress)

HALL OF FAME

JESSE ED DAVIS

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