On Friday night, 20 CBC Music Indigenous Music Awards were announced on a stage adorned with red dresses in honor of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and LGBTQ2s individuals. Those who won the award, to include Supaman as Best Producer and Best Hip-Hop Album and Buffy Sainte-Marie for Best Folk Album and Best Music Video, were gifted an Indigenous Music Awards hand drum.
The event was hosted by singer-songwriter Beatrice Deer, Inuk and Mohawk, and CBC Music's Jarrett Martineau. Indigenous artists gathered in celebration at the Club Regent Event Centre for the awards program presented by the Casinos of Winnipeg.
In a red dress, Kristi Lane Sinclair performed a special version of her song Woman in honor of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. Native performers and groups to include Indian City, Ansley Simpson, the Dakhká Khwáan Dancers and DJ DASH, Tom Wilson, Chase Manhattan and Theland Kicknosway and Shauit performed in between the presentation of awards.
Pat Vegas took home this year's Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in Redbone, a Native American group inducted into the Native American Music Association Hall of Fame in 2008.
They were recognized by the Smithsonian in New York City in 2013 as the first Native American rock band to have a #1 single in the United States and internationally. Redbone’s single, “Come and Get Your Love,” was featured in the Marvel Studios film, Guardians of the Galaxy. The film’s soundtrack, which included the single, reached #1 on the Billboard 200.
Pat Vegas' son, PJ Vasquez-Vegas accepted the award and performed Come and Get Your Love on his father's behalf to close out the awards show.
Here are the list of 2018 Indigenous Music Award winners: BEST BLUES ALBUM Robert "Freightrain" Parker - Freightrain Live BEST HAND DRUM ALBUM Young Spirit - Mewasinsational - Cree Round Dance Songs BEST FOLK ALBUM Buffy Sainte-Marie - Medicine Songs BEST INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM Jan Michael Looking Wolf - Flute Medicine BEST INUIT, INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE, OR FRANCOPHONE ALBUM Shauit - Apu peikussiak BEST NEW ARTIST Ansley Simpson - Breakwall BEST POW WOW - CONTEMPORARY ALBUM Black Bear Singers - Notcimik BEST RADIO SINGLE Carsen Gray - "Wanna See You" feat. DJ Shub BEST RAP/HIP HOP ALBUM Supaman – Illuminatives LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Pat Vegas BEST PRODUCER/ENGINEER Supaman - Supaman BEST RADIO STATION PROGRAM - PROMOTING INDIGENOUS MUSIC Indigenous Music Countdown - Native Communications Inc. BEST GOSPEL ALBUM Callie Bennett - Awake Arise Shine BEST ROCK ALBUM Relic Kings - Armoury BEST COUNTRY ALBUM Desiree Dorion - Tough Street BEST ELECTRONIC MUSIC ALBUM *NEW* Once a Tree - Phoenix BEST INTERNATIONAL INDIGENOUS ARTIST The Imbayakunas - New Ground BEST MUSIC VIDEO Buffy Sainte-Marie - "The War Racket" BEST POP ALBUM Indian City - Here & Now BEST POW WOW - TRADITIONAL ALBUM Northern Cree - mîyo kekisepa, Make A Stand Watch the livestream here - https://www.indigenousmusicawards.com/live.About CBC Music Indigenous Music Awards Presented by Casinos of Winnipeg: Presented annually by Manito Ahbee Festival, Indigenous Music Awards (formerly Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards) is the world's premier awards show recognizing the accomplishments of Indigenous recording artists and music industry professionals from around the globe. About Manito Ahbee Festival: Manito Ahbee Festival celebrates Indigenous arts, culture, and music in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The 13th annual festival is May 16-20, 2018 and features the Indigenous Music Awards, Indigenous Music Conference, International Pow Wow, Indigenous Marketplace and Trade Show, Getting Jiggy With It, Art Expo, Art Challenge, and Youth Education Day. About CBC Music: CBC Music connects Canadians with the very best in music. Available through the CBC Music app, online, on radio and in television specials throughout the year, CBC Music privileges Canadian artists and songs. Offering over 100 free music streams, CBC Music draws from all genres and classifications with knowledgeable hosts and programmers. Home to the JUNO Awards and your favourite music from across the country, discover the next great act with CBC Music. For more, visit cbcmusic.ca. About CBC/Radio-Canada CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world. Follow Indian Country Today’s associate editor and senior correspondent, Vincent Schilling (Akwesasne Mohawk) on TwitterFollow @VinceSchilling