24th Detroit Music Awards – April 10, 2015

Honoring Bettye LaVette, Doug Podell, and The Ark

View the entire list of 2015 nominees HERE

 PHASE III – Final Voting is NOW OPEN! LOG IN >>> to begin voting.
(3/6/15 – 3/29/15)

Only current (or newly registered) Detroit Music Awards voters are allowed to participate in the Final Voting Phase.

During this phase, the Final Voting Ballot, taken from the most nominated recordings, artists, etc. from the Nomination Phase, is available online after a voter has logged in. Eligible voters with email addresses are contacted via email that the Final Voting process has begun.

The Final Voting Ballot allows voters to select from among the top nominees identified during the Nomination Phase in each of the performance and recording categories.

Tickets are still available for the Detroit Music Awards.
Contact Terri Koggenhop for more ticket info.

Winners will be announced at Detroit Music Awards website after the show.

This year, DMAF is proud to announce the full lineup of Special Honorees.  Visit detroitmusicawards.net for more information

Name Category
Jill Jack Outstanding Folk/ Artist/ Group
Tino Gross Outstanding Blue/R&B Songwriter
John Rutherford Outstanding Classical Instrumentalist
Cybertrybe Outstanding Electronic/ Dance Artist/Group
Linda Lexy Outstanding Electronic/Dance DJ
Peter Jay Outstanding Live Sound Tech
Funky D Records Outstanding Local Record Label
Fifty Amp Fuse Outstanding Tribute Band
Marq Andrew Speck Outstanding Gospel/ Christian Musician
Marq Andrew Speck Outstanding Gospel/ Christian Songwriter
Marq Andrew Speck Outstanding Gospel/ Christian Vocalist
Sky Covington Outstanding Jazz Vocalist
Skeeto’s Funhouse Outstanding Modern Jazz Artist/Group
The Muggs Outstanding Rock/Pop Artist /Group
Joe Kidd and Sheila Burke Outstanding World/ Reggae/Ska Songwriter


General admission tickets start at $20, available at The Fillmore Detroit box office or visit LiveNation.com. VIP tickets and tables are limited and available by contacting Terri Koggenhop: immunitymgt@hotmail.com



The Detroit Music Awards Foundation is a Michigan 501(c) 3 non-profit corporation, whose mission is to recognize Detroit area musicians working on a national, regional and local level. Its purpose is also to support and nurture the musical community in the Detroit metropolitan area, and to create a network for musicians that cuts across genres and styles.

The DMAF was chartered in 1988 by a distinguished group of Detroit music and media professionals. The fledgling group held its first award show in 1992 at Detroit‘s Music Hall, and moved to the State Theatre, its present location, in 1993. In 1998, the organization merged with the Metro Times-sponsored Detroit Music Awards. Now, the Detroit Music Awards Foundation is a single entity presenting the Detroit Music Awards each spring. In 2005, the ceremony was the opening event for the debut of the Motor City Music Conference (MC2)

DMAF awards are similar to the Grammy Awards presented by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Award winners are determined by local musicians and music industry professionals in southeast Michigan, and presented in ten music genres; Folk/Acoustic, Blues, Jazz, Gospel, Country, Classical, Rock/Pop, R&B/Hip-Hop, Electronic and World. The DMA is the only local music awards in the nation to be presented by a not-for -profit organization. Voting is accomplished entirely via the internet.

Previous DMAF events have featured electrifying performances and guest appearances by some of Detroit‘s most glittering music legends: Was (Not Was), Eminem with D12, The Clark Sisters, Kid Rock, Martha Reeves, Smokey Robinson, Bob Seger, Glen Frey, The Miracles, Grand Funk Railroad, George Clinton and Parliament, and Ted Nugent, among many others. The annual award show also spotlights outstanding emerging local musicians.

Proceeds from emerging artist showcases throughout the year and the award show are used to present educational events and provide resources to local musicians. Through a partnership with ArtServe Michigan, health insurance is now also available to members.

The DMAF was proud to receive the Spirit of Detroit Award from the city of Detroit in 1993.

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