Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Present The Seventh Annual Native American Music Awards; Nominees Announced

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The highly anticipated arrival of the Seventh Annual Native American Music Awards ceremony at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino promises to be an extraordinary and unprecedented celebration of contemporary music by Native American artists to date.

The Seventh Annual Native American Music Awards, or Nammys, will be held Thursday, February 10th, 2005 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.

The highly anticipated arrival of the Awards ceremony at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino promises to be an extraordinary and unprecedented celebration of contemporary music by Native American artists to date. Featuring over 30 awards presentations in all music genres, and ten live music performances, this year’s program will also be the most innovative, visually advanced production in the organization’s history despite already being acclaimed for having “all the professionalism and production values of much larger events like the Grammy Awards and the American Music Awards” (American Federation of Radio Television Artists).

The Awards show will be a limited seating only event in the Hard Rock’s Club Showroom, with a post show VIP Party expected for later that evening. Tickets are $100.00 and go on-sale January 14th at 12 Noon at the Hard Rock Casino box office and at all ticketmaster outlets.

“This year’s nominees feature an eclectic mix of exciting and young artists to the more seasoned musicians who are taking their creative abilities to another level.” said Ellen Bello, Founder/CEO of the Native American Music Awards. Topping this year’s nominations are; Felipe Rose of The Village People who received four nominations for his solo recording “Red Hawk Woman,” and Douglas Blue Feather for his latest effort, “Star Nations”. Smoke Signal’s Jim Boyd, Grammy winner Mary Youngblood, sax player and poet Joy Harjo, South America’s Yarina and Nashville’s Qua Ti Si all garnered three nominations each. Earning two nominations each are; Annie Humphrey, Blackfire, Brian Hammill, Burnt, Cozad, Eli Secody, 10 year old Evren Ozan, Jay Nez, Jimmy Lee Young, Joanne Shenandoah, former Shalamar member, Micki Free, No Two Horns, Northern Cree, R. Carlos Nakai, Rain Song, Randy Wood, Tha Tribe, Thunderbeat, Walela and local act Tiger Tiger.. For a complete list of the nominees, visit http://www.nammys.com.

Over 150 national music recordings were submitted for nomination consideration for the Seventh Annual Native American Music Awards. Nominee submissions were made by the NAMA Advisory and Industry members. Eligible recordings must have been commercially released from April 1, 2003 thru June 30, 2004 and have national distribution. Winners of the Seventh Annual Native American Music Awards will be determined through membership mail-in ballots and a national voting campaign now open to the general public through a listen and vote system on the Nammys’ website.

The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is the newest location for this annual awards show that has been held in front of sold-out audiences in theatres and amphitheaters throughout the Southwest, Midwest and Northeast. Previous honorees and award recipients include; Robbie Robertson, R. Carlos Nakai, Crystal Gayle, Kitty Wells, Rita Coolidge, Neville Brothers, Indigenous, Joanne Shenandoah, Robert Mirabal, Bill Miller and the late Jimi Hendrix. The Awards show was created to provide greater national awareness and recognition for Native America’s growing and diverse musical talent. It has received wide critical praise from both national and international media such as; USA Today, Associated Press, CNN, Wall Street Journal, Billboard Magazine, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, La Voce Italiana and France's International Herald Tribune. The Awards organization also assisted in the creation of a Native music Grammy category in 2001 and continues to maintain the nation’s largest Native American music archive (http://www.nativeamericanmusic.org).

The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is South Florida's leading entertainment destination with an average daily payout of $5.9 million. The 500-room hotel offers several restaurants and lounges, a 16,000 sq. ft. grand ballroom, a full-service, European-style spa and an adjacent complex of 22 retail shops, nine restaurants and 10 nightclubs.

The Native American Music Awards and Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, extend their sincerest congratulations to this year's nominees. The Seventh Annual Native American Music Awards is sponsored by; The Seminole Tribe of Florida, The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, Native Radio, Zavacom Productions, and Star Seeker Entertainment. For further information, call (212) 228-8300 or visit http://www.nammmys.com.

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