The 2011 Native American Music Awards were held October 7, 2011 in Niagara Falls, New York. The event brought together the biggest names in Indigenous music to celebrate the fantastic diversity of music being made in Indian Country.
Here is a complete list of the 2011 NAMMY award winners:
2011 NATIVE AMERICAN MUSIC AWARD WINNERS
ARTIST OF THE YEAR Gabriel Ayala - "Passion Fire & Grace"
BEST BLUES RECORDING "Indian Rock ‘n Roll" - Marc Brown & The Blues Crew
BEST COMPILATION RECORDING The Color of Hope - Various Artists
BEST COUNTRY RECORDING "Native Heart" - C.C. Murdock
DEBUT ARTIST OF THE YEAR Bear Fox - "Rich Girl"
DEBUT GROUP OF THE YEAR October Soul - "Don’t Turn Back"
BEST FEMALE ARTIST Becky Thomas - "Sacred Ground"
BEST FOLK RECORDING "The Long Way Home" - Don Amero
FLUTIST OF THE YEAR Cody Blackbird - "The Journey"
BEST GOSPEL INSPIRATIONAL RECORDING "My Jesus I Love Thee" - Yvonne St. Germaine
GROUP OF THE YEAR Pipestone - "As The Rez Turns"
BEST HISTORICAL RECORDING "Native Anthropology Challenge, Choice and Promise in the 21st Century" - Jack Gladstone
BEST INSTRUMENTAL RECORDING "Songs For Turtle Island"- Vince Fontaine
BEST LATIN AMERICAN RECORDING "Indians Colour" - Luis Capcha Vilchez
BEST MALE ARTIST Gary Small Wyoming (For Dummies)
BEST NATIVE AMERICAN CHURCH RECORDING "Love Songs of the Native American Church"- Kevin Yazzie
BEST NEW AGE RECORDING "Hymns" - Golana
BEST POP RECORDING "Hear Our Prayer" - Dylan Jenet Collins
BEST POW WOW RECORDING "Black Thunder" - Black Thunder Singers
BEST PRODUCER Stephen Butler - "Handprints of Our People"
BEST RAP/HIP HOP RECORDING "Scars and Bars" - Nake Nula Waun
RECORD OF THE YEAR "Full Circle" - Shelley Morningsong
BEST ROCK RECORDING "Tribal Thunder" - The Blessed Blend
SONG/SINGLE OF THE YEAR "Out of Many We Are One" - Joseph FireCrow, Thomasina Levy & Others
SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR Josh Halverson - "These Times"
BEST SPOKEN WORD RECORDING "My Life Is My Sun Dance" - Harvey Arden and Leonard Peltier
BEST TRADITONAL RECORDING "The Gift of Life" - Randy Wood
BEST MUSIC VIDEO "Live As One" - Jan Michael Looking Wolf / Various Artists
BEST LONG FORM VIDEO "Journey To Soul Blessings" - Tony Redhouse
BEST WAILA RECORDING "Timeless" - Native Thunder
BEST WORLD MUSIC RECORDING "Kayas" - Rhonda Head
NATIVE HEART Bernhard Wolfsheart Weilguni - "Call of the Canyons"
HALL OF FAME Keith Secola
HALL OF FAME Nokie Edwards
Jim Thorpe Sports Award: Ted Nolan
Check out RPM's additional coverage of this year's events: Gabriel Ayala Wins Artist of the Year at the 2011 Native American Music Awards.
For more on this year's events and awards visit the NAMMYS website: 2011 Native American Awards and we offer our congratulations to all of this year's winners!