Sixth Annual Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards

Published: 2004-06-02
To celebrate and recognize the music of Canada's first nations and to promote and acknowledge the keepers of Aboriginal music, the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards were created. This year the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards will celebrate six years of honouring Aboriginal musicians by adding five new categories to the existing 29 award categories.

Now through June 30 the advisory committee is accepting entries from first nation, Metis, and Inuit musicians. Three nominees for each category will be chosen from the entries. The CAMAs will be presented on Friday November 26 in Toronto. With the exception of traditional and pow-wow music all entries must be original music – CDs must be 80 percent original material. To obtain an entry form go to or call 519-751-0040.

The list of nominating categories proves that music in the Aboriginal community has gone far beyond the traditional chants heard on old TV westerns and pow-wows.

The list of categories from the 2004 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards are:

Best Fiddle Album (new)
Best International Aboriginal/Indigenous Album (new)
Best Inuit Traditional Album (new)
Best Jazz Album (new)
Best Aboriginal Music Radio Program (new)
Best Female or Male Artist
Best Group or Duo
Best Song
Best Instrumental Album
Best Songwriter
Best Children's Album
Best Producer or engineer
Best Album Cover Design
Best Music Video
Best Pow Wow Album – Traditional
Best Pow Wow Album – Contemporary
Best Traditional Album – Historic
Best Traditional Album – Contemporary
Best Drum song Album
Best Rock Album
Best Blues Album
Best Gospel Album
Best Rap or Hip Hop Album
Best New Age or Alternative Album
Best country Album
Best Folk Album
Best Spoken Word
Best Women's Traditional Album
Best Pop Album
Best International Artist
Keeper of Traditions Award
Lifetime Contribution to Aboriginal Music Award
Music Industry Award
CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award

Writer: Sherrill Fulghum



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