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19th annual Native American Music Awards to be held Nov. 2 in New York

NEW YORK — Nominations in 33 categories for the 19th Annual Native American Music Awards (NAMA) have been announced.

The nominations reflect recordings by music makers released in the past year throughout North America and were selected by the combined votes of the 150 Advisory Board member committee of the Native American Music Association.

The 19th Annual Native American Music Awards will be held Nov. 2 at the Seneca Niagara Casino & Resort in Niagara Falls, New York. Actor Wes Studi (Cherokee) and pro wrestler Mickie James (Powhatan) will host the event.

Both Studi and James are also musicians. James sings country music and Studi performs the blues. As a member of the WWE and TNA, James is a nine-time champion, a national record and is also the only female to hold the WWE Women’s, WWE Divas, and TNA Knockouts Championships in wrestling history.

Studi has won critical acclaim and awards for his portrayal of Native Americans in film. He has been a favorite among the awards audience as a special guest and host.

In October, Studi will become the first Native American to receive an Oscar as he will be honored with an Academy Honorary Award.

Both new and established artists share the list of total NAMA nominations throughout a diverse array of 33 varied music categories.

This year’s new music trends arrived at full strength evidenced by several new artists dominating the nominations list, particularly from the Navajo Nation and Lakota Country.

General Public voting is now open. To vote, visit the vote now page of the awards website or by clicking on the ballot link: voting ballot. Music tracks from all nominees are also featured on the Awards’ website at www.namalive.com.

Winners will be announced live at the awards show.

The Native American Music Awards & Association is the world’s largest professional membership-based organization committed to honoring contemporary and traditional Native American and Indigenous music initiatives.

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