Detroit Music Awards: And The Winner Is … Nobody Cares

April 16, 2011

Apparently, a whole lot of bands and artists walked away from tonight’s Detroit Music Awards with, well, awards. I know this because I heard people give muffled acceptance speeches from the stage, and I bumped into Ty Stone who was sat at a table drowning in the five awards that he had hauled up to that point (by the end of the night it would be six).

There were awards dished out and, y’know, congrats to those that won something. But, for this writer at least, the Detroit Music Awards has very little to do with awards. It’s all about hanging out with good people and watching performances.

This year was absolutely no different. Myself, Matt Smith of Outrageous Cherry and Leah Diehl of Lightning Love, plus Leah’s Dad and friend Amy, planted ourselves at the bar and allowed proceedings to go on around us. Diehl was nominated for “Best Pop Songwriter” but she was beaten by Ty Stone, as were most people this year. No matter, she’ll almost certainly pick up that award and more in years to come.

Special mention has to go to comedian Joe Nipote for having the balls to agree to host this year’s event despite not being funny at all. Like, not even for a second. Even a blind squirrel finds a nut every now and again, but Nipote couldn’t muster up a funny line all night and, when he sang a novelty country song, I wanted the ground to open and swallow me up for his sake. Painful. Also, props to Wolfman Mac, last year’s host, who presented an award without his werewolf costume on yet still couldn’t resist the temptation to let out a howl. For fuck’s sake man, have you nothing else?

Painful moments aside, some of the performances were fantastic, not least the Vandellas (minus Martha Reeves). A set of “Heatwave”, “Jimmy Mack” and “Dancing in the Street” couldn’t and didn’t fail to get the crowd bopping. Motown session man Dennis Coffey and new soul sensation Mayer Hawthorne made some sweet noises together, while show closers Insane Clown Posse were ludicrous, crass and gloriously fun. Love ‘em or loathe them, the clowns know a show.

Questions have to be asked though:
As funny as the Polish Muslims can be, did they really deserve to win a “Distinguished Achievement” award? DISTINGUISHED? Jesus! They just add the words “polka” or “punchki” to popular songs. Fun, sure. But distinguished?

As somebody who goes to a lot of shows, where do Annabelle Road and Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas play all year round? New talent is new talent, but they’re not jamming at the Lager House or the Belmont much.

When the men’s bathroom was empty and there were 20 free urinals in a row, why did that dude have to stand right next to me? I may be a bit European, but not that Euro.

All said, this event gets a little better each year.

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  • Not A. Crony

    The awards don’t get better Brett, you just get roped into that shit more and more every year. How many times in the last 2 weeks did you write about this total, utter, complete bullshit? And how can’t you see that the more DMA dick you suck, the less credible you are as a writer, and the less people who really dig Detroit music will pick up this paper?

  • Chic from Royal Oak

    Hmmm, no mention of Tino Gross and the Howling Diablos. True Detroit Music giants – Can I get an AMEN!!

  • Brett

    They didn’t perform and, like I said, I’m not particularly interested in award winners.

  • HubertGAM

    I don’t know where they are getting their money, but I honestly think we should work on an alternative. Jasper, Brett… whoever else interested, give me a holler whenever. I’m down to spearhead it.

  • Chris D

    And the Award for most cry babies go to………………..Really this is reporting sounds like someone has it in for someone personally. If you can’t say anything nice say NOTHING!!! or change it and be better. I thought the opening act was kinda cool and the end with ICP rocked over all was one the best DMA’s shows Ive seen.

  • bob

    I actually thought of all the year the show was kick butt I did love the opening act kinda cool mix and the clowns. You can tell who ever put alot of work into the show.