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Awards were presented in 18 categories with 14 presented on Friday and four others presented at the Manito Ahbee Powwow on Saturday.
Kimberley Dawn and Jerry Sereda hosted Friday’s sold-out gala event, accompanied by live performances from Northern Cree, Mariame, Christa Couture, and Crystal Shawanda.
Northern Cree were given the Lifetime Achievement award.
Shane Dion, Northern Cree drummer, said “the greatest to see is the kid’s singing and growing up. That’s what we’re trying to inspire, the younger kids, the younger generation to learn the music.”
The last award show was in 2015 after which organizers took a year to reorganize from a people’s choice format to adjudication by industry peers.
The music awards are part of the Manito Ahbee Festival in Winnipeg.
Here is a list of this year’s winners.
Best Blues Album
Cradle to the Grave, Cary Morin
Best Country Album
North Country, Jade Turner
Best Folk Album
Goodbye Goldia, Logan Staats
Best Inuit, Indigenous Language, or Francophone Album
Kisakihitan, Rhonda Head
Best Instrumental Album
PowWowStep, DJ Shub
Best Pop Album
Best Rap/Hip Hop Album
#GreyMagic, Joey Stylez
Best Rock Album
Dark Matter, Kristi Lane Sinclair
Best New Artist
Carsen Gray, Carsen Gray
Best Radio Single
Pretty Little Nightmare, Black & Grey
Best Music Video
Revival, District Avenue
Thru The Red Door, Logan Staats/Goodbye Goldia, Derek Miller
Best International Indigenous Release
Imbaya Full Flavour, The Imbayakunas
Best Radio Station Program – Promoting Indigenous Music
Best Peyote Album
Water is Life, Wanita Bird, and Joe Poorthunder
Best Hand Drum Album
It’s a Cree Thing, Northern Cree
Best Pow Wow – Contemporary Album
Celebration of Life, Blackstone
Best Pow Wow – Traditional Album
Belongs to the People, Young Bear