When: Fri., April 26, 6 p.m. 2019
Of course, it’s an honor just to be nominated, but let’s be real — winning a Detroit Music Award is pretty fucking cool, too. The annual awards show is now in its 28th iteration and will dole out more than 70 awards in 11 musical categories. This year’s performers include Frankie Ballard, Mike Skill of the Romantics & friends, Shortly (another previous Metro Times artist to watch pick), as well as an Aretha Franklin Gospel tribute led by Carl B. Phillips and friends and a Motown tribute by the Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit. Longstanding Ann Arbor folk outfit the RFD Boys, as well as advocate and poet John Sinclair, will be honored with 2019’s distinguished achievement awards and Big City Rhythm & Blues Magazine will also be recognized for its contributions.