Detroit Music Awards Announces Nominees, Performers

Final Balloting Begins Wednesday, March 19

Mar 19, 2003, 00:00 ET from Motor City Music Foundation

    DETROIT, March 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Eminem, Kid Rock, the White Stripes and
 the Funk Brothers are among the nominees for the 2003 Detroit Music Awards,
 which are taking place April 11 at the State Theatre in downtown Detroit.
     Among the other multiple nominees on the 2003 ballot are local artists Liz
 Larin, Radiocraft, High Flyin' Bird, Bugs Beddow, the Process, Immunity,
 Downtown Brown and Benny Cruz y La Buena Vida.  The final ballot is being
 assembled and will be available at the Awards website, beginning Wednesday, March 19th.
     Presented by the Motor City Music Foundation and the Metro Times, the
 Detroit Music Awards show will feature performances by sacred steel great
 Calvin Cooke, the genre-blending urban troupe Black Bottom Collective, country
 favorites the Forbes Brothers, rock band Hemigod, the rapper Hush, techno-jazz
 collective the Detroit Experiment, and singer-songwriters Liz Larin and Tamara
 Bedricky.  Distinguished Achievement Awards will be presented to electronic
 pioneers Kevin Saunderson and Juan Atkins, veteran rock radio disc jockey
 Karen Savelly (now with WCSX-FM) and the local music publication Jam Rag.
 Other performers and Distinguished Achievement honorees will be announced
     Tickets are on sale for the Detroit Music Awards at the State Theatre box
 office and Ticketmaster outlets, General Admission is $15, there are limited
 mezzanine tickets available for $25.
     Both of Eminem's 2002 releases "The Eminem Show" and the soundtrack for
 his hit movie "8 Mile" were nominated in the Best National Album category,
 along with the soundtrack to the documentary about Motown's legendary Funk
 Brothers, "Standing in the Shadows of Motown."  In the National Single
 category, nominees include: Eminem's "Lose Yourself" and "Without Me," as well
 as "Picture," Kid Rock rock's chart-topping duet with Sheryl Crow, and "Dead
 Leaves on the Dirty Ground" by the White Stripes.
     Liz Larin topped all artists with 10 nominations in the Rock/Pop and
 Folk/Acoustic categories.  Others with five or more nominations include:
 Radiocraft (seven in Rock/Pop); Downtown Brown (six in Rock/Pop); High Flyin'
 Bird (seven in Folk/Acoustic); Sista Otis (six in Folk/Acoustic); Bugs Beddow
 (seven in Blues); Immunity (seven in World Music); the Process (six in World
 Music); and Benny Cruz y La Buena Vida (five in World Music).
     Detroit Music Awards nominees are determined by a voting body of nearly
 3000 music industry professionals in the Detroit Metro Area.  This marked the
 first year the DMA primarily used an online voting system for nominations and
 for final ballot voting in order to make the voting process quicker and more
     Voters will be notified by email.  Detroit Music Awards voters should go
 to the web site and register there with the webmaster, who will provide a
 temporary user name and password; voters will then be able to adjust those
 settings to their wishes.  Music industry professionals in the Detroit metro
 area who are not currently part of the voting database must register with
 Nancy Schoenheide-Phares, MCMF Director, , or
 (248) 486-3424, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. M-F.
     Paper ballots are still available for voters who are not readily online.
 They can be requested by Nancy Schoenheide-Phares, before Monday, March 24.

SOURCE Motor City Music Foundation