::: April 29, 2016- Detroit - Mary McGuire won the 2016 Detroit Music Award for best Americana songwriter. She was the first recipient to be announced at a private nominee only pre-show ceremony hosted by Willy Wilson and Pam Rossi at the Centaur Bar. More than 70 awards were handed out across 11 categories as the event marked its 25th anniversary. Erik Gustafson took the best rock instrumentalist Award and Chuck Alkazian garnered a second award for Pearl Sound as best recording studio.Barbara Payton (Barbara Payton & the Insigators and Bob Seger's Silver Bullet Band) was recognized as best Rock Vocalist and Al-Saadi, the Ann Arbor guitarist and singer known for his performances in "The Voice" as part of Adam Levine's team taking honors for best blues artist and instrumentalist. In national categories, Kid Rock's "First Kiss" won the major-label album category and Jack White's "That Black Bat Licorice" took the win in the singles category..
:::Mary performed two songs with Jill Jack and the Detroit Women's Project after the pre-awards ceremony onstage at the Fillmore Detroit. The Detroit Women's Project was concieved by Jill two years ago and featured the award winning line up of Thornetta Davis, Barbara Payton, Karen Newman, Carolyn Striho, Chris McCall, Mary McGuire, Annie Capps, Jamie Sue Seal, Linda Lexy and Julianne Ankley. When Payton, Davis, Newman and Lexy were unable to make the show, Jill called in Rio Scafone, Tosha Owens and Kathleen Murray, all award winning artists in their respective genres. They opened with Look Beyond Your Horizon, a song from the soundtrack that Jill penned for Keith Famie's award winning documentary the Embrace of Aging and closed with One People, a moody yet powerful psychedelic infused folk rock track from Jill's fourth release The Love Hotel.Other performances included a tribute to Glen Frey headed by Brandon Calhoun, a tribute to jazz artist and educator Markus Belgrave along with a retrospective of all things Detroit by the Detroit All Stars. There was also an impromptu tribute to Prince, who was revered in Detroit. Indie artists Victoria Reed and Andrew Dost were both mesmerizing with distinctive melodic performances, while Dirty White by Def By Stereo raised the thunder and brought down the house when Darryl McDaniels of Run DMC joined them onstage for a rendition of Walk This Way. The Distinguised Achievement Awards when to Kid Rock, Al Abrams of Motown and Dan Yessian. .
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