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he sixth annual Las Vegas BLACK MUSIC AWARS, hosted by Lillian McMorris was held in Las Vegas inside the LAS VEGAS ROCKS CAFÉ’s Embassy Theatre at Neonopolis. This ceremony is held each year to recognize the current stars, music leaders of today and honors recipients who have built a lasting legacy in music. The recipients have international prominence and influence among millions. BMA takes pride in holding their prestige high for the rest of the world to acknowledge.
The event started with a “Red Carpet Celebrity Walk” at 4 p.m. and the show started at 5:00 p.m. The BMA event was an ongoing show that lasted about 4 hours. Entertainers performed, Awards were presented, and Honorees were honored in a show that the audience loved.
FREDRICK “From Nobody” to Being An “Inspiration” started the show. He told his insightful story, sang and was MC for the Gospel part of the show. Frederick was the Las Vegas Gospel Jubilee Awards Winner of Best Gospel CD (new CD on JahaMa label). Gospel music and dance performances by many of the nominees were enjoyed. Larry Hart, one of the nominees gave a rousing performance.
The Gospel Awards were then presented and The Gospel Awards went to:
Gospel Living Legend—Katie Waters “Queen of Gospel”
Best Urban Soul Performer—Nikki Logan
Best Recorded Sermon By A Pastor—Dr. Robert Fowler, Victory MBC
Best Male Gospel Performer—Jack Yates
Best Female Gospel Performer—Aria
Best Gospel Choir—Victory Missionary Baptist Church
Best Gospel Group—The Voices of Judah from Mountain Top
Best Gospel Praise Team—Lakisha Pitman Praise Dancers
Best Gospel Musician—Michael Shore
Best Rising Star—Shana Kamurry
Lillian McMorris, G.G. and Phil Flowers came on to host and emcee the rest of the event. Phil Flowers sang and then The R&B Awards were presented to:
Best Female R&B Performer—Stephanie Anderson
Best Male R&B Performer—Sam Thomas, Jr. (Next Movement)
Best R&B Band—Roc The Mike
Best R&B Vocal Group—In Demand
The Jazz Awards winners were:
Best Male Jazz Vocalist—Freddie B
Best Female Jazz Vocalist—Parris Lane
Best Jazz Musician—Skip Martin
Best Jazz Band—Bobby C Windy City Band
Great performances were presented between awards and other Awards were:
Best Blues Performer—Michael Grimm
Best Blues Band—Lady Huston Band
Best Performance in a Lounge—In A Fect
Best Major Show Production—Hitzville
Best Tribute Artist—Lady Day, as Billie Holiday (she performed an amazing rendition of Billie Holiday)
Best Major Show Performer—Denita Asberry, Legends
Ambassador of Music—Gene “Poo Poo” Man Anderson
Still more Awards went to:
Best On Air Radio Personality—Carlya Lewis
Las Vegas Verge Award (next big star)—Sham “B Soul” Lewis
Las Vegas Entertainer of the Year—Paris Red
Living Legends Honorees were: Jaki Baskow, Steve Beyer and Monroe Powell (The Platters).
Best Image Award—Genevieve Dew
BMA Icon—Carlaya Lewis
Music Entrepreneurs—Anthona McNeil (The A-list.Biz)
Award shows tend to be long and along with many performances this was a very long show. However, an enthusiastic and appreciative audience enjoyed it all.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF AND © DR. ADELE “Z.Z.” ZORN AND USED WITH PERMISSION.