Local musicians feted at annual Detroit Music Awards

The award ceremony took place Friday night at the Fillmore Detroit; blues singer Thornetta Davis dominated with six wins

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Blues singer Thornetta Davis, nationally-known rock band Greta Van Fleet, songwriter Jill Jack and Americana band Gasoline Gypsies were among the Detroit area artists who won honors at the 27th annual Detroit Music Awards held at the Fillmore Detroit Friday evening.

Rising stars Greta Van Fleet won three Detroit Music Awards

It was previously announced that special awards would be given to award-winning songwriter Allee Willis, soul singer Melvin Davis and ’90s rock hitmakers Sponge. The latter two were also slated to perform at the event, along with rapper Kash Doll, Americana band Frontier Ruckus and more.

Singer and past winner Thornetta Davis won a total of six awards in the blues and urban music categories, including Outstanding Blues Vocalist. Her video for “I Believe (Everything Gonna Be Alright)” also won Outstanding Video, Limited Budget. Davis won eight Detroit Music Awards in 2017.

Another woman with many DMAs under her belt is Jill Jack, who was named Outstanding Live Act and Outstanding Americana Songwriter Friday night. Gasoline Gypsies earned the Outstanding Americana Artist/Group and Outstanding Americana Recording trophies.

Tosha Owens won two awards in the Outstanding Gospel/Christian category, and David Winans won another two. Sweet Crystal was named Outstanding Gospel/Christian Artist/Group.

For the national awards, soaring Frankenmuth rock group Greta Van Fleet nabbed Outstanding National Single and Outstanding Video, Major Budget for their single “Highway Song.” They also won Outstanding National Major Label Recording for “From the Fires.”

Keyboardist Jimmie Bones – known for playing in Kid Rock’s band – did well in the rock category with Outstanding Rock Recording and Outstanding Rock Songwriter. Blues/rock band the Muggs won Outstanding Heavy Rock Artist and guitarist Danny Muggs was named Outstanding Rock Instrumentalist.

Other trophies went to Sean Blackman for Outstanding World Artist/Group, Nadir Omowale for Outstanding Urban Artist/Group, Sean Forbes for Outstanding Rap Composer, Devin Scillian for Outstanding Country Vocalist and Jennifer Westwood & the Handsome Devils for Outstanding Country Artist/Group. The Ferndale-based Tempermill won Outstanding Recording Studio.

The winners were voted on by members of the music community who are registered through the Detroit Music Awards. For more information and a complete list of winners, visit detroitmusicawards.com.


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