The Detroit Music Awards were initially put forward in the year 1988. It was presented by the Motor City Music Foundation as a multi genre award show that would honor and bring recognition to the music artists located in the Detroit area. The first Detroit Music Awards show was held in 1992 at the Detroit’s Music Hall. Interestingly, in 1998, it was merged with the Detroit Music Awards sponsored by the Metro Times and has been held at Fillmore Detroit ever since. Ever since its first show, the Detroit Music Awards show has featured the top talent in the Detroit area including artist like Bob Seger, George Clinton, The Clark Sisters, Eminem, Glenn Frey,Rock, Grand Funk Railroad, Martha Reeves, Insane Clown Posse, The Miracles, Ted Nugent, Smokey Robinson, Was Not Was, Hummingbirds and so on.
The Detroit Music Awards honors music artist in over 70 categories. Some of the top categories include Blues, Folk, Gospel, Acoustic, Classical County, R&B, Electronic, Hip Hop, Rock, World, Pop music and so on. The award winners in each category are often determined by the music industry professionals and local musicians in the southeast Michigan area. Interestingly, the Detroit Music Awards are the only music awards in the country that is presented by not for profit organization. The voting is carried out over the internet, making it completely transparent.
The Detroit Music Awards ceremony held in 2018 at Fillmore Detroit saw the fast rising band Greta Van Fleet in all the major categories. They managed to win three awards in their debut year itself. They managed to grab awards in the outstanding national single and major budget video category, establishing them as a force to look for in the coming years. Interestingly, the band members were not able to make it to the awards ceremony as they had to be away on tour. Their mothers accepted the awards on their behalf and were brimming with tears at the acknowledgement that their sons have achieved from the music industry.
Thornetta Davis also made an appearance at last year’s Detroit Music Awards and had 6 major wins including outstanding songwriter, blues artists and vocalist. She was honored for her talent and dedication to making good music by the veterans in the music industry. The Distinguished Achievement Award in 2018 was handed over to Allee Willis and Melvin Davis for their outstanding work in the music industry. Often compared to the Grammy awards, the Detroit Music Awards are held in great awe by everyone in the music industry.
The 2018 Detroit Music Awards also had the original 5 members of the Sponge band perform together to celebrate their debut album turning gold. They performed 6 numbers from their debut album for the excited crowd and closed the night with a nostalgic bang. Detroit has long been held as the city of music by music lovers all across the country. In fact, many people move to Detroit in the hope of achieving it big with their musical talent. With plenty of music venues scattered across the city, they have a better chance of being discovered and even winning one of the coveted Detroit Music Awards.