Ottawa's Twin Flames win big at Native American music awards
Duo's 7 nominations were the most ever for a single artist
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.
Hollay!! Native American Music Awards. We won two awards for "Signal Fire" Best Folk Album and Best Duo. Thank you a million to all our amazing fans who voted and made this dream come true without you this would not be possible. Thanks to our producer Jake Jones! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NAMA2018?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NAMA2018</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/win?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#win</a> <a href="https://t.co/fwywRXfuhc">pic.twitter.com/fwywRXfuhc</a>—@twinflamesband
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."
CBC Radio's All In A Day