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Port Huron’s Grammys: the “BWammys”

The second coming of the Blue Water Music Awards


Erick Fredendall

   Last year Port Huron hosted the first Blue Water Music Awards (BWMA) in an evening filled with music, tuxedos, and a drunken clown.

   Now BWMA is back, and takes place Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m. at the American Legion Post #8.

    The black-tie event is structured as a traditional award show with various awards presented and local performers playing throughout the night.

   Organizer David Whitt created the event in 2013 to celebrate what he calls the city’s greatest commodity- the musicians.

   According to Whitt, candidates for the awards are proposed by the BWMA Academy, a group of local music producers, promoters, musicians, artists, and hardcore fans.

   After being nominated by the Academy, the nominees are placed into sixteen different categories.

   The categories include Best Venue, Best Female Artist, Best Original Performance, Best Cover Performance, Roadie Award, Paul Thompson Award, Not Rock, WTF Award, Rookie of the Year, Best Export/Import, Album of the Year, and the Lifetime Achievement Award. 

   Three new categories are being added to this year’s BWMA: Producer of the Year, Best DJ/Electronic Performer, and Best Hip Hop Performer.

   After nominations, the Academy turns over the nominated talent to the public, who cast their votes on the BWMA’s website, dutchboyrec.wix.com/official-bwma-site.

   Public voting ends Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m.

   The night will also feature acts by Charlie James & the Silver Devils, Rhinos & Winos, Fifth Avenue, Yeddie in the Woods, Dick Hickey, Manifest the Machine, and Cool Kids Communication.

   There is no cover charge for this event, although formal attire is expected.

   American Legion Post #8 is located on 1026 6th St. near downtown Port Huron.