Kid Rock, Eminem, Stevie Wonder, and CeCe Winans Among the Winners at the 2000 Detroit Music Awards
April 17, 2000 Rocker Kid Rock, rapper Eminem, Motown legend Stevie Wonder, electronic pioneer Carl Craig and gospel artists CeCe Winans and Winans Phase II were among the winners at the annual Detroit Music Awards, held Friday night at the State Theatre in downtown Detroit.
Also taking home multiple honors were the Howling Diablos, Soul Clique, singer-songwriters Stewart Francke, Jill Jack and Lisa Hunter, country group the Forbes Brothers, jazz saxophonist George Benson, hip hop artist Esham, blues guitarist Johnny Bassett, gospel stalwart Fred Hammond and the reggae outfit Immunity.
The Detroit Music Awards presented by the Motor City Music Foundation, a non-profit organization, and the Detroit Metro Times gave awards to musicians based in or with strong Detroit ties in 74 categories. In addition, Distinguished Achievement Awards were presented to the Contours, the Frost and the late radio personality Dave Dixon, while a Special Achievement Award was presented to Diversified Management Agency, a now-defunct Detroit company that managed and booked shows for Bob Seger, Ted Nugent, Alice Cooper, the Romantics, Scorpions and others.
Kid Rock, who also hosted the awards show with his band Twisted Brown Trucker, received the Outstanding National Single award for "Cowboy," as well as the Outstanding Hip-Hop Writer/Producer trophy. Eminem's "The Slim Shady LP" was named Outstanding National Album, and Stevie Wonder's retrospective, "At the Close of a Century," was named Outstanding Anthology, Compilation or Reissue. Carl Craig was named Outstanding Electronic Writer/Producer, while "Programmed," his album with the jazz-electronic group Innerzone Orchestra, was named Outstanding Electronic Recording. The Winans, meanwhile, dominated the Gospel category: CeCe Winans' "Alabaster Box" shared the Outstanding Gospel Recording award with "We Got Next" from Winans Phase II, while CeCe was named Outstanding Gospel Artist and Winans Phase II was named Outstanding Contemporary Christian Artist.
Friday's show was taped for broadcast by Comcast Cablevision for broadcast in the near future. Air dates will be announced soon.
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