20th Native American Music Awards

The first celebration of Native American music and culture returns to a live awards ceremony in November after a hiatus during the pandemic. Discover the nominees and the winners of the special awards.

As we organized our C&I Approved Playlist on Spotify Over the past two years, we have been inspired by the diversity of talent and the thoughtful, evocative music of Native American performers and artists. Whether they’re doing traditional country, Americana roots, pop, hip-hop or traditional tribal sounds, the artists we’ve attracted always lead with a sense of identity, history and devotion to their profession.

There’s no better celebration for the growing community of Indigenous artists than the Native American Music Awardsa long-running event that highlights the latest and greatest acts and releases.

This year’s live awards event (abbreviated as NAMA) makes a triumphant return after a few years of pandemic-related hiatus – the 20th annual NAMA will kick off Saturday, November 19 at the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino in Niagara Falls. The ceremony itself will be a highlight of Native American Heritage Month, and we’ll be sharing more information about the awards, including winners and highlighted performances.

Actor Robert Mesa (Grey’s Anatomy) will host the NAMA event. Among the highlights of the evening will be the induction into the Hall of Fame of Micki Free, Grammy-winning guitarist and singer who performed with pop-rock band Shalomar. Paul LaRoche of Brule/AIRO and Robert Tree Cody will receive Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Visit the NAMA website to see all the nominees in each category. Fans can also vote for the awards until midnight on Friday, November 18.

Watch and Groove

You can find some great highlights and past performances on the Nama Youtube Channel. Watch their official event story highlights below.

And learn about the latest NAMA announcement on its Facebook page:

This year’s awards program celebrates and showcases an overwhelming amount of talent and full albums, single recordings and music video releases. Featured artists are: Antoine Edwards Jr, Cody Blackbird, Earl Slick and the Fabulous Ripcords, Ed Koban, Fawn Wood, Gunner Jules, Spur Pourier, Sten Joddi and The Halluci Nation. Guest nominees include: Ava Rose, Blanca Iris Acuna, Blue Flamez, Blue Mountain Tribe, Crazy Flute, Darren Thompson, Dr. April Lea Go Forth, Faran Sohappy, Gera & TM Clark, JUQ, Julian Taylor, Kelly Derrickson, Kelly Montijo Fink, Irv Lyons, Jr, Melody McArthur, Raven Flyinghorse, Sandra Sutter, Savelle The Native, The Johnnys, Shibastik, Shiloh Ashley, Tess Remy-Schumacher, Twice As Good, Two Shields, and Yvonne St. Germaine.


If you are able to attend, read more about tickets here. Or follow our coverage after the November 19 event in this space.

(Photo of Nahko Bear courtesy of NAMA Live)