Photos by Korey Nasa
It was a big night for the Detroit Music Awards at the Fillmore Detroit on Friday, May 4. Winners included blues singer Thornetta Davis, nationally-known rock band Greta Van Fleet, songwriter Jill Jack and Americana band Gasoline Gypsie. Special awards were given to award-winning songwriter Allee Willis, soul singer Melvin Davis and ’90s rock hitmakers Sponge. The latter two performed at the event, along with rapper Kash Doll, Americana band Frontier Ruckus and more.
Thornetta Davis won a total of six awards in the blues and urban music categories, including Outstanding Blues Vocalist. She was working in New York and her awards were accepted by her husband, James. Her video for “I Believe (Everything Gonna Be Alright)” also won Outstanding Video, Limited Budget. Davis won eight Detroit Music Awards in 2017.
Jill Jack was named Outstanding Live Act and Outstanding Americana Songwriter Friday night. Gasoline Gypsies earned the Outstanding Americana Artist/Group and Outstanding Americana Recording trophies. There were several outstanding performances.
Congratulations, Howard Hertz; another outstanding job.