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Indian City, winner of Best Pop Album at the Indigenous Music Awards perform onstage at the Club Regent Event Centre. 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. …and the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award presented by @APTN goes to Pat Vegas of Redbone. https://t.co/u72cSFW9xE #IMAwards pic.twitter.com/X1xC3qmK0v — Indigenous Music Awards (@IMAs) May 19, 2018 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. Buio Assis On a stage adorned with red dresses in honor of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, PJ Vegas performed ‘Come and Get Your Love’ and accepted a Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of his father Pat Vegas, from the iconic group, Redbone.

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 – NotcimikBEST RADIO SINGLE Carsen Gray – “Wanna See You” feat. DJ ShubBEST RAP/HIP HOP ALBUM Supaman – IlluminativesLIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Pat VegasBEST PRODUCER/ENGINEER Supaman – SupamanBEST RADIO STATION PROGRAM – PROMOTING INDIGENOUS MUSIC Indigenous Music Countdown – Native Communications Inc.BEST GOSPEL ALBUM Callie Bennett – Awake Arise ShineBEST ROCK ALBUM Relic Kings – ArmouryBEST COUNTRY ALBUM Desiree Dorion – Tough StreetBEST ELECTRONIC MUSIC ALBUM *NEW* Once a Tree – PhoenixBEST INTERNATIONAL INDIGENOUS ARTIST The Imbayakunas – New GroundBEST MUSIC VIDEO Buffy Sainte-Marie – “The War Racket”BEST POP ALBUM Indian City – Here & NowBEST 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 […]

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