Detroit Music Awards delay Kid Rock's award; Friday show will carry on


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After the death of Kid Rock’s assistant, the Detroit Music Awards are delaying the musician’s Distinguished Achievement Award until 2017.

Rock’s personal assistant, Michael Sacha, died Monday in an ATV accident on the musician’s estate just outside of Nashville. Rock was set to accept the Detroit Music Awards honor at a Friday ceremony at The Fillmore Detroit, which will otherwise go on as scheduled.

“We offered our condolences to the family of Mike Sacha and to Kid Rock and his organization at this terrible time,” the Detroit Music Awards Foundation board said in a statement. “We certainly understand and agree that this is not the right time for a celebration.”

Award-winning composer and producer Dan Yessian will receive a Distinguished Achievement Award at Friday’s ceremony, as well as Motown Records’ late founding press officer and publicist Al Abrams.

The honorees join dozens of musicians competing for awards and performances across a wide swath of local talent, including Victoria Reed, Tim Bowman Jr., Child Bite, and the Detroit Women’s Project. There will also be stirring tributes to both Glenn Frey and Marcus Belgrave.

The 25th annual Detroit Music Awards is Friday, April 29 at the Fillmore Detroit; Doors at 6 p.m.; 2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-961-5451;; tickets start at $25.

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