Drezus big winner at Indigenous Music Awards in Winnipeg
Musicians from all over Canada collected hardware at the 10th annual award ceremony
Musicians from all over Canada, and around the world, collected hardware at the 10th annual Indigenous Music Awards, held in Winnipeg on Friday.
The awards, formerly called the Aboriginal Peoples' Choice Awards, feature emerging and established indigenous artists from all over North America. And like the former title of the awards suggest, it is the fans that make the final decision on who wins in each category.
Leading the pack this year was Drezus, a.k.a. Jeremiah Manitopyes. The Plains Cree-Saulteau artist, from Saskatoon, picked up four awards including Best Rap/Hip Hop CD for Indian Summer, and Best Music Video for his song Warpath.
Country singer and songwriter Armond Duck Chief, from the Siksika Nation on Blackfoot territory, Alberta, also scored two awards for his CD The One — Best Country CD and Best Indigenous Songwriter.
And Métis gospel singer Yvonne St. Germaine took home Best Gospel CD award. She has won in that category nine years out of the 10 that the awards have been running.
Check out everyone who took home a trophy from Friday night's ceremony:
Best Album Cover Design: Enter-Tribal — Hitting The Trail
Best Country Album: Armond Duck Chief — The One
Best Duo or Group: City Natives
Best Flute Album: Ryan Little Eagle — My Songs My Stories
Best Folk/Acoustic Album: Jason Burnstick and Nadine L'Hirondelle — Wrapped in Daisies
Best Gospel Album: Yvonne St. Germaine — If You See My Savior
Best Hand Drum Album: Young Spirit — Nitehe Ohci: From the Heart
Best Indigenous Language or Francophone Album: Jaaji — Nunaga (My Home, My Land)
Best Indigenous Music Radio Station or Program: National Aboriginal Music Countdown (NCI-FM)
Best Indigenous Songwriter: Armond Duck Chief —The One
Best Instrumental Album: Sean Beaver — Torn
Best International Indigenous Release: The Bass Invaders — Dance of the Fox
Best Music Video: Drezus — Warpath
Best New Artist: Kelly Derrickson
Best Peyote Album: Silas & Pierce Biglefthand — Northern Cheyenne Peyote Healing Songs
Best Pop Album: Classic Roots — Hack The Planet
Best Powwow Album Contemporary: Northern Cree — Northern Cree Breaking Boundaries
Best Powwow Album Traditional: Chippewa Travellers — Honouring Our Biish (Water)
Best Producer/Engineer: Drezus — Indian Summer
Best Rap/Hip-Hop Album: Drezus — Indian Summer
Best Rock Album: Will Belcourt and the Hollywood Indians — Annie Baby
Best Television Program/Promotion of Indigenous Music: The Candy Show
Indigenous Entertainer of the Year: Drezus
Single of the Year: City Native — Straight Chief 'n