The Native American Music Association’s (N.A.M.A.) Ninth Annual Native American Music Awards (NAMMYS) makes it’s home this year at the Seneca Events Center and prestigious and luxurious Seneca Niagara Spa Hotel & Casino on Saturday, October 6, 2007 at 8:00pm.
The NAMMYS have received extensive critical praise from both national and international media for past awards program presentations from top media outlets such as: USA Today; the Associated Press; CNN; the Wall Street Journal; Billboard Magazine; the New York Times; Los Angeles Times; La Voce Italiana; and France's International Herald Tribune. What’s more, Billboard Magazine proclaimed of the NAMMYS… “There is no better indication of the remarkable variety of today's Native American music than a glance at the award categories for the Native American Music Awards.”
Tickets for the ceremony are on sale now ($20-$50) through Ticketmaster. Information about the NAMMYS can be found the organization’s website www.nativeamericanmusicawards.com. The Seneca Niagara Spa Hotel & Casino is located at 310 Fourth Street, Niagara Falls, New York. The nearest airport to the hotel and casino is Buffalo International and nearest cities include Buffalo, New York and Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
The NAMMYS continue to proudly honor the outstanding musical achievements of Native American artists across the country and USA Today has urged mainstream society to “take seriously” the NAMMYS and its nominees and winners, and Indian Country Today has said the NAMMYS are “awesome and incredible.”
This year’s awards ceremony at the Seneca Events Center marks the first time the NAMMYS will be held in its home state of New York at a location that is right next to one of the most incredible natural sites in the world, Niagara Falls. Additionally, it also marks the highest number of recording entries ever submitted to the NAMMYS in its nine-year history with the addition of seven new awards categories and over 180 music recordings from both the United States and Canada.
This year’s nominees will be selected by the N.A.M.A. Advisory Committee and Industry members. Eligible recordings must have been commercially released between September 15, 2005 and December 31, 2006. This year’s nominees will be announced on or before July 30. Winners will be determined through membership votes and a national voting campaign open to the general public through a listen and vote system on the Native American Music Awards website. After the announcement of the nominees, the general public will be invited to participate in a national voting ballot campaign by visiting www.votenative.com. Here, both N.A.M.A. members and the general public can listen to hundreds of music tracks of featured artists in over 30 categories and vote on their favorites. There is no other music resource of its kind in the world.
Last’s year’s NAMMYS featured a wide array of star-studded talent that included Little Steven, Calton Coffie (singer of the award-winning theme song for COPS) and John Trudell along with other special guest award presenters and a dynamic group of music performances by nominated and award-winning artists including Keith Secola (Artist of the Year), Pura Fe’ (Best Female Artist), Wade Fernandez (Best Male Artist), Arvel Bird (Best Instrumental), Eagle & Hawk (Best Pop Rock), Douglas Blue Feather (Flutist of the Year), and Red Rhythm Band. A Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Tiger Tiger and a Hall of Fame Induction of the late Link Wray with a tribute performance lead by his grandson Chris Webb.
This year’s NAMMYS boasts an equally marvelous line-up that includes presenters Rudy Youngblood (Apocalypto), Jay Tavare (The Missing, Into the West), actress, artist, singer/s