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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