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Outstanding Acoustic Artist/Group


Billy Brandt

Carolyn Striho

Joe Kidd & Sheila Burke

Joey Spina

Matt Dmits

Paul Miles


Outstanding Folk Artist/Group


Audra Kubat

David Nefesh

Jennifer Westwood & the Waycross Georgia Farmboys

Jill Jack

Michael on Fire

The Flutter & Wow


Outstanding Acoustic/Folk Instrumentalist


Billy Brandt ( guitar/ mandolin )

Carolyn Striho ( guitar)

Chris Denore ( guitar )

Dylan Dunbar ( guitar )

Jackson Smith ( guitar )

Jef Reynolds ( bass )

Michael On Fire ( guitar/keyboards/mandolin )

Paul Miles ( guitar )


Outstanding Acoustic/Folk Recording


Gia Warner “ Over the Rainbow “

Jill Jack “ Sunflower Girl “

Matt Dmits “ Bury Me With My Guitar “

Michael on Fire “ Live in London

Paul Miles “ Back to Sturgis “

The Marvins “ Waves of Strange “


Outstanding Acoustic/Folk Songwriter


Audra Kubat

Billy Brandt

Carolyn Striho

Emily Rose

Jill Jack

Michael on Fire


Outstanding Acoustic/Folk Vocalist


Audra Kubat

Gia Warner

Jennifer Westwood

Julianne Ankley

Michael on Fire



Outstanding Blues Artist/Group


Barbara Payton & the Instigators

Erich Goebel & the Flying Crowbars

Howard Glazer

Jim McCarty & Mystery Train

Motor City Josh

Paul Miles


Outstanding Blues/R&B Instrumentalist


Bobby Murray ( guitar )

bugs Beddow ( trombone/ flute )

Emily Rogers ( bass )

Howard Glazer ( guitar )

Jim McCarty ( guitar )

Motor City Josh ( guitar )

Nolan Mendenhall ( bass)

Pete Peltier ( guitar )


Outstanding Blues/R&B Recording


Brian " Roscoe " White,& Lamont Zodiac----"Angry City"

Carl Henry: "Eat,Drink,Boogie,Repeat"

Eliza Neals "messin with a fool"

Paul Miles- "Paul Miles Spirit of Humanity of Humanity Show Part II"


Outstanding Blues/R&B Songwriter


Eliza Neals

Howard Glazer

Motor City Josh

Paul Miles

Stacia Petrie Ford

Tino Gross


Outstanding Blues/R&B Vocalist


Barbara Payton

Eliza Neals

Kathleen Murray

Motor City Josh

Paul Miles

Tosha Owens


Outstanding R&B Artist/Group


bugs Beddow Band

Eliza Neals

Hot Sauce

Howling Diablos

Mainstreet Soul

The Groove Council



Outstanding Classical Composer


Bonnie Kaye

Christopher Skebo

Patrick Prouty

Scott Gwinnell


Outstanding Classical Instrumentalist


Bonnie Kaye ( violin )

bugs Beddow ( trombone )

Christa Grix ( harp )

John Rutherford ( trombone )

Kenneth Robinson ( trumpet )

Lady Zhe ( violin )

Roland Hamilton ( piano )


Outstanding Classical Recording   This category is cancelled for 2013


Outstanding Classical Small Ensemble


Dearing Concert Duo

General Motors Chorus

ll Segreto String Quartet

Vanguard Voices


Outstanding Classical Vocalist


Alice Tillman

Amber Williams ( Tomlin )

Anamaria Ylizaliturri

Ramsey Valentyn

Theodore Jones

Trish Shandor


Outstanding Community Orchestra


Dearborn Symphony Orchestra

Orchard Lake Philharmonic Society Symphony Orchestra

Warren Symphony Orchestra



Outstanding Country Artist/Group


Alan Turner & the Steel Horse Band

Annabelle Road

Doop & the Inside Outlaws

Horse Cave Trio

Julianne Ankley & the Rogues

Paulina Jayne



Outstanding Country Instrumentalist


Brian “Roscoe “ White ( guitar )

Dylan Dunbar ( guitar )

Jackson Smith ( guitar/ bass )

Jeff Grand ( guitar )

Joey Spina ( guitar )

Katie Grace ( guitar )

Steve Brynes ( guitar )


Outstanding Country Recording


Alan Turner - "RIDE ON"

Annabelle Road - Five Speed (EP)

Bill Bynum & Co.: "Less Is More"

Jennifer Westwood "Dishwater Blonde"

Jill Jack "Sun Flower Girl"

Julianne Ankley "He's Still My Boy"

Katie Grace, "Best Bad Girl"


 Outstanding Country Songwriter


 Don “DoopDuprie

Alan Turner/ JT Monroe

Jennifer Westwood

Julianne Ankley

Katie Grace

Paulina Jayne


Outstanding Country Vocalist


Alan Turner

Jennifer Westwood

Julianne Ankley

Katie Grace

Paulina Jayne

Vinnie Dombroski



Outstanding Electronic/Dance Artist/Group




Detroit Techno Militia

Eprom Colony


Ghost Synthesis


Outstanding Electronic/Dance DJ


DJ Godfather

DJ Linda Lexy

DJ Mike E Clark

DJ Moondancer

DJ Pleasure Kitten

DJ Psycho


Outstanding Electronic/Dance Recording


Cybertrybe - "Kitty get your gun" - Got A Gun Remix

Mark Flash - "King of Light"

Otto Vector-"EP 604"

Stone Owl - "Planet X"

The Jesus Chainsaw Massacre "People Are Afraid To Merge"


 Outstanding Electronic/Dance Writer/Producer


Anison Roberts

Doc Colony

Jeff Rebrovich

Sean & Angela Mooer

The Motor City Sound Machine



Outstanding Anthology/Compilation/Reissue


Alice Cooper, "Theater of Death: Live at Hammersmith 2009" (Alive/UMe)

David Ruffin, "David: Unreleased LP & More" (Motown/UMe)

Earl Van Dyke, "The Motown Sound: The Complete Album & Singles & More" (Motown/Hip-O Select)

Marvin Gaye, "Trouble Man: 40th Anniversary Edition" (Motown/Hip-O Select)

Rodriguez, "Searching For Sugar Man: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack" (Light in the Attic/Legacy)

The Supremes, "I Hear A Symphony: Expanded Edition" (Motown/Hip-O Select)


Outstanding Live Performance


Carolyn Striho Group

Jill Jack


Mainstreet Soul

The Infatuations

The Ruiners



Outstanding Live Sound Technician


Bill Kozy

Neil Sever

Peter Jay

Randal Roy

Terry Cox

Tom Lubinski


Outstanding Local Record Label


Alley Records

Evil Fish Records

Funky D Records

Ghostly International

Motor City Special

Static Records


Outstanding National Major Label Distribution Album


Alex Winston, King Con (Cooperative Music/V2)

Jack White, "Blunderbuss" (Third Man/XL)

Jana Kramer “ Jana Kramer “ ( Electra/ Nashville

Javina Magness, "Stronger For It" (Alligator)

Kid Rock, "Rebel Soul" (Top Dog/Atlantic)

Uncle Kracker, "Midnight Special" (Sugar Hill)


Outstanding National Single


Anita Baker, "Lately"

Jack White, "Freedom at 21"

Jack White, "Love Interruption"

Kid Rock "Let's Ride"

Mike Posner "Looks Like Sex"

Ty Stone "Anywhere's Better"

Uncle Kracker, "Nobody's Sad on a Saturday Night"


Outstanding National Small/Independent Label Album


Electric Six, "Absolute Pleasure" (Metropolis)

John 5, "God Told Me To"

John Latini "Lovers, Liars And Losers" (Smokin' Sleddog Records)

Johnnie Bassett “ I Can Make it Happen “ (Sly Dog)

Mitch Ryder "The Promise" (MBC)

Pistol Day Parade "Pistol Day Parade"

Sean Forbes “ Perfect Imperfection”

The Sights, "Left Over Right" (HRM)


Outstanding Record Producer


Al Sutton

Andy Patalan

Chuck Alkazian

Kevin Sharpe

Nadir Omowale

Tino Gross


Outstanding Recording Studio


Funky D Studios

Metro 37 Studios

Pearl Sound

Peter Jay Audio Studio

RMS Studios

Rustbelt Studios

The Tempermill


Outstanding Video / Independent Budget (Under $10,000)


Carolyn Striho Group – “ Promised Land “

Critical Bill - "Move"

Jill Jack - "Sunflower Girl"

Nadir -  "Go it Alone"

Paul Miles -"Desert Bloom"

The Ruiners - "Eat Your Heart Out"


Outstanding Video / Major Budget (Over $10,000)


Big Sean, "Guap"

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.  "We Almost Lost Detroit"

Danny Brown, "Monopoly"

Jack White, "Freedom at 21"

Jack White, "Love Interruption"

Jana Kramer, "Why Ya Wanna"

Kid Rock, "Let's Ride"

Kid Rock," "Cucci Galore"

Ty Stone, "Anywhere's Better"


Outstanding Tribute Band


Danny D & the Vagabonds

Banned from Hell

Fifty Amp Fuse

Mega 80's

Smiths United




Outstanding Gospel/Christian Act



God’s Army

Jennifer Nasto

Joe Kidd & Sheila Burke

Nique LoveRhodes

Sweet Crystal


Outstanding Gospel/Christian Musician


Aaron Golematis ( guitar )

Al McKenzie ( piano/ keyboards )

Beaux Mitchell

bugs Beddow ( flute )

David Winans ll ( bass )

Demetrius Krayon Nabors ( keyboards )

Jay Carver ( guitar )

Marq Speck ( keyboards )

Mike Mulliniks ( guitar )


Outstanding Gospel/Christian Recording


Bloodscrubbed"Lay Your Head Down Little Children"

David Winans' pi "It's Gonna Be Alright"

God's Army "warfare" featuring Emazing and Goodson

Nique LoveRhodes - "Love Heals All"

Sweet Crystal - "Nothing Here (For You To Fear)" - From the motion picture soundtrack "War Flowers"

The Gideon Crew "God Over Everthing"


Outstanding Gospel/Christian Songwriter


Al McKenzie

Beau Mitchell

Danny Cox

David Winans II

Marq Speck


Outstanding Gospel/Christian Vocalist


Andria Kelly

Beau Mitchell

Greg C. Brown

Gregory Davis Jr.

Jennifer Nasto

Marq Speck

Michael Bowdre



Outstanding Jazz Composer


Al McKenzie

Gregory Freeman

Kris Johnson

Scott Gwinell

Tracy Kash Thomas

Walter White


Outstanding Jazz Instrumentalist


Al McKenzie ( piano / keyboards )

Alexander Zonjic ( flute/ guitar )

Deon Yates ( saxophone )

Dennis Farac ( steel drums/ guitar )

Evan Perri ( guitar )

Keith Kaminski ( saxophone )

Marion Hayden ( bass )

Tracy Kash Thomas ( keyboards/ flute )

Walter White ( trumpet )


Outstanding Jazz Recording


Deon Yates "Spotlight"

Eddie Kohen " Pulp Fusion "

Hot Club Of Detroit, "Junction"

Kris Johnson Group "Odd Expressions"

RJ Spangler Trio, "This Is What We Do"

Scott Gwinnell “Cass Corridor Story”

Walter White and Small Medium @LARGE “Breaking Good”


Outstanding Jazz Vocalist


Ben Sharkey

Sheila Landis

Sky Covington

Tracy Kash Thomas

Trish Shandor

Ursula Walker


Outstanding Modern Jazz Artist/Group


Alexander Zonjic

Ben Sharkey Quartet

Skeeto’s Funhouse

Tracy Kash Thomas

Walter White and Small Medium @LARGE


Outstanding Traditional Jazz Artist/Group


Al McKenzie Band

Metro Jazz Voices

Paul Keller Trio

Planet D Nonet

Scott Gwinnell Dectet

Sheila Landis



Outstanding Hip-Hop Artist/Group


Akhil Sesh





Sean Forbes



Outstanding Hip-Hop DJ


Disco D

DJ Head

DJ Psycho

DJ Seany P.

DJ Zack Daniels

Drummer B



Outstanding Hip-Hop MC







The Spec-iLLest


Outstanding Urban/Funk Artist/Group



Larry Lee & Back in the Day Band


Skeeto’s Funhouse

The Infatuations

Third Coast Kings

Tmoney Green’s Roadwork


Outstanding Urban/Funk Musician


Christian Draheim ( guitar )

Emily Rogers ( bass )

Erik Gustafson ( guitar )

Nadir Omowale ( guitar )

The Wolf  ( bass )

Tmoney Green ( bass )


Outstanding Urban/Funk Songwriter


Undisco Kidd “ Gonzalez

Christian Draheim / Marco Lowe

Nadir Omowale

The Infatuations

Tmoney Green

William "Big Will" Elijah


Outstanding Urban/Funk Vocalist


Caleb Guitierrez

Joey Spina

Kat Orlando


Tmoney Green

William “Big Will" Elijah


Outstanding Urban/Funk/Hip-Hop Recording


 Nadir  "The Book of Jonah"

 The Gideon Crew "God Over Everything "

"DillaTroit"Pro by J.DILLA Ft.Supa Emcee,Nick Speed,Guilty Simpson

Meticulous Click  "Bad Mans World"

The Infatuations - Recorded Live in Front of a Studio Audience

tmoneygreen's Roadwork " Up There"



Outstanding Rock/Pop Instrumentalist


Bobby East ( guitar )

Chris Denore ( guitar )

Lone Wolf ( bass )

Mike Leslie ( guitar )

Pete Metropoulos ( guitar )

Pete Peltier ( guitar )

Sammy Boller ( guitar )

Tony Muggs ( bass )


Outstanding Rock/Pop Recording


Amy Gore & Her Valentines, "In Love"

Chris Degnore and the Black Drops "Cinema"

Citizen Zero "Life Explodes"

Cybertrybe "I Can Rule Myself"

The Seatbelts "In A Cloud"

White Shag "Die For Me"


Outstanding Rock/Pop Songwriter


Eddie Baranek

Eliza Neals

Gia Warner

Mike Leslie

Pete Metropoulos

Sean Mooer


Outstanding Rock/Pop Vocalist


Barbara Payton

Caleb Gutierrez

Carolyn Striho

Chrissy Morgan

Christina Chriss

Gia Warner

Mike Leslie


Metal/Hard Rock Artist/Group


60 Second Crush

As Darkness Falls  ( previously known as Chaos Theory )



White Shag



Industrial Artist/Group




Eprom Colony


Jesus Chain Saw Massacre

The Impaler


Rock/Pop Artist/Group



Carolyn Striho Group

Citizen Zero


Mike Leslie Band

The Muggs


National Indie Label Rock Artist/Group



Critical Bill

Ghosts of August

Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas


The Reefermen

The Ruiners



Outstanding Reggae/Ska Artist/Group



Belle Islanders

Dennis Farac

Roots Vibration


The Process


Outstanding World Artist/Group


Global Jazz Project

Harper & Midwest Kind

LL7 (Lynn LaPlante 7 )

Maggie McCabe & the Foibles

Michele Ramo

The Swank Club


Outstanding World/Reggae/Ska Instrumentalist


bugs Beddow ( trombone/flute )

Charlie Bongo ( drums )

Dave Maraccio ( druns/percussion )

Dennis Farac ( steel drums )

Eric Abbey ( keyboards )

Gabe Gonzalez ( drums )

Kenny Robinson ( trumpet )

Muruga Booker ( drums / percussion )



Outstanding World/Reggae/Ska Recording


1592 featuring J.J. Thames "Kiss Me"

Harper and Midwest Kind "Live at the Blues Museum"

John Kachnowski  "Squeeze"

Tumbao Bravo "Casa Versailles"


Outstanding World/Reggae/Ska Songwriter


Bob Monteleone

David Asher

Eric Abbey

Joe Kidd & Sheila Burke

John Kachnowski

Rick Matle


Outstanding World/Reggae/Ska Vocalist


Bob Monteleone

David Asher

Eric Abbey

King Mellowman Clarke

Maggie McCabe

Xavier Rosario