Detroit Music Awards celebrate local bands

The 26th Annual Detroit Music Awards
Posted at 1:57 PM, May 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-03 13:57:58-04

Local bands are getting ready to rock The 26th Annual Detroit Music Awards. The event is set for Friday, May 5th, and it celebrates musicians throughout the Detroit Area. Click the video player to hear more from the president of the Motor City Music Foundation.

The event will take place at the Fillmore theater in Detroit. The doors open at 6pm to people 18 and over. General public tickets start at $25 and are available at the Fillmore box office or at   You can find more information about the event  at:

The Detroit Music Awards are similar to the Grammy Awards. Award winners are determined by local musicians and music industry professionals in southeast Michigan.

The awards focus on  eleven music genres; Americana, Blues, Jazz, Gospel/Christian, Country, Classical, Rock, Urban, Electronic/Dance, Rap and World Music.  The Detroit Music awards are said to be t only local music awards in the nation to be presented by a not-for -profit organization. Voting takes place entirely via the Internet.

Honorees who will receive Distinguished Achievement Awards during the ceremony include Eastern Michigan University public radio station WEMU for 50 years of broadcasting, the Sphinx Organization, celebrating 20 years of supporting diversity in the arts; and Grande Ballroom-era veterans Third Power and SRC. Additional honorees will be named later. 

Detroit artists from a wide variety of musical genres will perform at the event, including:  Honky-Tonk/alt-rockers the "Craig Brown Band", the "Theatre Bizarre Orchestra", singer/songwriter and American Idol season 13 runner-up Jena Irene Asciutto, power-pop-punk band the "Fags", rapper "Royce 5'9"" featuring VMDP, and honorees "Third Power/SRC" and the" Sphinx Organization."

The Detroit Music Awards will present over 70 awards across eleven musical categories ranging from rock to rap, country to classical, Americana to electronic. Ballot nominees for 2017 include Jack White, Mike Posner, Iggy Pop, Royce 5'9", and many more.