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Indigenous musicians from around the world gathered in Winnipeg for the Indigenous Music Awards

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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

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Jade Turner

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
Bloom, Mariame

Best Rap/Hip Hop Album
#GreyMagic, Joey Stylez

Best Rock Album
Dark Matter, Kristi Lane Sinclair

Best New Artist
Carsen Gray, Carsen Gray

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Carsen Gray

Best Radio Single

Pretty Little Nightmare, Black & Grey

Best Music Video
Revival, District Avenue

Best Producer/Engineer
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
Unreserved, CBC

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

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  1. jennbengert@gmail.com'
    Jenn May 22, 2017 at 4:16 am #

    This was an amazing event. This was also my first year in attendance. I had the privilege of being around such wonderful artists. I loved all the live performances too. I was in attendance with one of the nominees. Congrats to all those that one. I can’t wait to attend again.