Awards show to be broadcast Thanksgiving day
Hosted by A Taste of Honey's Janice Marie Johnson, the 15th annual Native American Music Award ceremonies will be packed with an A-list of live performers and special guests Friday, Nov. 14, at the Seneca Allegany Events Center at the Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel in Salamanca.
Among the performers are: Five-time award winner Indigenous featuring Mato Nanji, whose music has been featured on national radio and shows such as "Sons of Anarchy"; Jamie Coon, whose music has been featured on "The Ghost Whisperer"; "American Idol" finalist Charly Lowry and her band Dark Water Rising; and former NFL player and opera singer Lawrence Harris, who has been critically acclaimed as a "major voice" by the New York Times. Special guest presenters include Caren Knight Pepper, wife of the late Jim Pepper; and Dylan Jenet, who recently signed to Stevie Wonder's record label.
The Native American Music Awards will have its first national television broadcast on First Nations Experience on Thanksgiving Day at 8 p.m. with a repeat broadcast Saturday, Nov. 29. First Nations Experience is the first and only public television network in the U.S. dedicated to Native American and world indigenous content.
The Native American Music Awards is a celebration of both traditional and contemporary Native American music. It was founded as the world's first and largest national professional membership-based organization for the advancement and recognition of Native American music expressions around the world.
Tickets for the Native American Music Awards are limited and can only be purchased through Ticketmaster outlets or by calling the Seneca Allegany Casino at 716-945-9300. Public voting is open to the general public. Music from all nominees is currently featured on the audio players on www.NAMALIVE.com. Anyone can listen and cast their vote by visiting the awards website's "vote now" page.