Kid Rock pulls out of Detroit Music Awards

Detroit News staff and wire reports

In the wake of his personal assistant’s death, Kid Rock will no longer participate in the 25th Annual Detroit Music Awards this week.

The entertainer’s representative and show organizers confirmed the pull-out on Wednesday night.

Kid Rock had been slated to accept a Distinguished Achievement Award during the Friday ceremony at the Fillmore Detroit. But in a statement, the Detroit Music Awards Foundation said the plan now is to “instead delay the presentation of the award to a future date, possibly during the 2017 ceremony or another event.”

Michael Sacha, Kid Rock’s 30-year-old personal assistant, was killed this week in an ATV crash at the singer’s home in Nashville, Tennessee. Police said Sacha drove two people to the driveway to meet an Uber driver at midnight Sunday, and he crashed while driving back to the house. His body was found Monday morning.

“We offer our condolences to the family of Mike Sacha and to Kid Rock and his organization at this terrible time,” the DMAF Board said in a statement. “We certainly understand and agree that this is not the right time for a celebration. The Distinguished Achievement Award would only be a reminder of this week’s tragedy rather than a commemoration of a significant career as an artist and humanitarian. We look forward to presenting the award some time in the future when it can be a positive, celebratory experience. We wish everyone peace and our best wishes.”

Rock said he, his band and family “are devastated over this loss.”

“We were supposed to be back in Michigan today, but I’m going to stay here with Mike until I can bring him home to his family,” he said. Rock also said Sacha was “one of the greatest young men I have ever had the pleasure to not only work with, but also to become friends with.”

The Detroit Music Awards are scheduled at 7 p.m. Friday at the Fillmore, 2115 Woodward, with performances by Tim Bowman Jr., Child Bite, Def By Stereo, Andrew Dost of fun., Jill Jack & the Detroit Women’s Project, the Motor City All Stars, the Punks, Victoria Reed and all-star tributes to the late Glenn Frey and Marcus Belgrave. Distinguished Achievement Awards are to be presented to Dan Yessian and Al Abrams.

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