Ottawa's Twin Flames win big at Native American music awards

Ottawa duo Twin Flames picked up two trophies at the Native American Music Association Awards in Niagara Falls, N.Y., Friday.

Duo's 7 nominations were the most ever for a single artist

Jaaji, left, and Chelsey June, right, make up Ottawa duo Twin Flames. The musicians received seven nominations at the 2018 Native American Music Association Awards and won best duo and best folk album. (Sean Sisk)

Ottawa duo Twin Flames won big Friday at the Native American Music Association Awards.

Indigenous musicians Chelsey June, who is Métis, and Jaaji, who is Inuk and Mohawk, took home with the awards for the best folk album of the year for Signal Fire and best duo. 

The pair, who released their first self-titled album in 2015, were nominated for seven awards at the Niagara Falls, N.Y., gala, including best song of the year. 

The seven nominations were the most for one artist in the nearly 20-year history of the awards. They were also nominated for:

  • Record of the year.
  • Song of the year.
  • Best music video.
  • Best Americana recording.
  • Best historical/linguistic performance

"Just being nominated is an honour, especially in a very huge market in the United States. The Indigenous community in the United States is very big," Jaaji told CBC Radio's All In A Day on Tuesday before their big win.

"For us to be [contenders] in each category is all we could ever ask for."

Twin Flames are up for seven awards including Song Of The Year for the song Rise Up as well as Record of The Year and Duo Of The Year. 12:24

CBC Radio's All In A Day