Tosha Owens, Eminem, Stevie Wonder Win Big at Detroit Music Awards | Biden News


Jazz-soul singer Tosha Owens led the slate of winners at the 31st Detroit Music Awards on Sunday night, taking home three honors in multiple genres.

Owens took on outstanding blues artists, rock-pop recordings (“Love More, Hate Less” with Bob Marvac) and vocalists at the streaming event, the show’s third year as an online-only event.

On the national scene, Alice Cooper took on the outstanding major label recording for “Detroit Stories,” the Motor City native’s blast of old-school hard rock. Stevie Wonder’s pandemic-lockdown collaboration with Elton John (“Finish Line”) was awarded Outstanding National Single, while Eminem’s “Tone-Def” won for Major-Budget Video.

Along with Owens, multiple winners included two trophy recipients Laith Al-Saadi, the Detroit Children’s Choir, Jill Jack, Liz Larin and Gayleen McKinney, and McKinfolk and the Sponge.

DMA winners are determined through a three-stage submission and voting process that includes voting by area music professionals who are members of the Detroit Music Awards Foundation.

The event was held annually at the Fillmore Detroit in the spring before COVID-19 hit in 2020, and organizers are considering moving forward with a virtual-only event.

Sunday’s pre-recorded event was streamed on DMA’s new digital partner, Mandolin, and will be available for viewing until May 24. Viewing tickets are $5, with some proceeds going to Music Saves UA, a humanitarian effort benefiting Ukraine.

Detroit Music Awards, 2022 winners

Outstanding Americana Artist or Group: Jennifer Westwood

Outstanding Americana Recording: Jill Jack, “Bit of a Jesus Girl”

Outstanding Blues Artist or Group: Tosha Owens

Outstanding Blues Recording: Bobby Murray, “Love Letter From Detroit”

Outstanding Classical Composer: Maurice “Pirahnahead” Heard

Outstanding Community Orchestra: Royal Oak Symphony Orchestra

Outstanding Classical Small Ensemble: Motor City Brass Band

Outstanding Classical Recording: The Davis Way, “The Soul Within”

Outstanding Country Artist or Group: Julian Ankley and the Rogues

Outstanding Country Recording: Louise Hensley, “Runaway”

Outstanding Electronic Artist or Group: Liz Larin

Outstanding Electronic/Club DJ: Linda Lexie

Outstanding Electronic Recording: Liz Larin, “The Expedition”

Outstanding Anthology/Compilation: Marvin Gaye, “What’s Going On: Deluxe Edition (Revised)”

Outstanding Family/Children’s Music: Detroit Children’s Choir

Outstanding Live Performance: Laith Al-Saadi

Outstanding Live Sound Technician: Peter J

Outstanding Record Label: Funky D Records

Outstanding local venue (2,500 or less): Cadieux Cafe

Outstanding National Major Label Recording: Alice Cooper, “Detroit Story”

Outstanding National Single: Stevie Wonder, “Finish Line” (with Elton John)

Outstanding National Minor/Independent Label Recording: Sponge, “Lavetorium”

Outstanding Record Producer: Josh Ford

Outstanding Recording Studio: Pearl Sound

Outstanding Tribute Band: Major Dudes — A Steely Dan Tribute

Outstanding Video, Limited Budget: The Sponge, “Ordinary People”

Outstanding Video, Major Budget: Eminem, “Tone-Def”

Outstanding Instrumentalist: Bass: Takashi Io

Outstanding Instrumentalist, Guitar: Laith Al-Saadi

Outstanding Instrumentalist, Keyboard: Phil Hale

Outstanding Instrumentalist, Percussion: Todd Glass

Outstanding Instrumentalist, Featured: Larry Labeck (Pedal Steel)

Outstanding Songwriter: Jill Jack

Outstanding Vocalist: Tosha Owens

Outstanding Gospel/Christian Artist or Group: Righteous Through God

Outstanding Gospel Choir: Detroit Youth Choir

Outstanding Gospel/Christian Recording: Righteous Through God, “The Word”

Outstanding Modern Jazz Artist or Group: Gayleen McKinney and McKinfolk

Outstanding Traditional Jazz Artist or Group: Planet de Nonet

Outstanding Jazz Recording: Gayleen McKinney and McKinfolk, “Zoot Suite Funk”

Outstanding R&B Artist or Group: Laura Rain & The Caesars

Outstanding R&B Recording: Laura Rain & The Caesars, “I Am”

Outstanding Rap Artist: Leif Erickson

Outstanding Rap Recording: Leif Erickson, “Moonlight on Mount Sinai”

Outstanding Rock/Pop Artist or Group: The Kathleen Murray Band

Outstanding Alt/Indie/Punk Artist or Group: Ladyship Worship

Outstanding Heavy/Hard Rock Artist or Group: Dead in 5

Outstanding Rock/Pop Recording: Tosha Owens and Bob Marvac, “Love More, Hate Less”

Outstanding World Artist or Group: Corktown Pope

Outstanding World Recording: Detroit Children’s Choir, “Bethlehemu”


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