THE 36th CHICAGO MUSIC AWARDS (CMA), with nearly 200 nominees in 30 categories including musicians, songwriters, producers, clubs, comedians, dancers and radio stations, announced that triple nominations went to R&B entertainer Jeremith for Pop Superstar of the year, Best R& B Entertainer and Best Songwriter. Chance the Rapper and newcomer Dreezy got the nod as Pop Superstar of the Year, Best Hip Hop/Rap artist and Best Songwriter.
Special Lifetime Achievement Awards will be presented to Dr. Lou Della Evans-Reid, music minister at Fellowship Baptist Church; Hank Zemola, founder, CEO of Special Events Management; John Vernon, advertising director, Illinois Entertainer; Tony Wilson, nationally recognized as “the young James Brown” and entertainer Lonnie Walker, owner of the Underground Wonder Bar.
Awards of Honor will be presented to Bobby Braun, Braun Events Inc.; sound engineer and production pro Ernie Green, and special events director Tracey Williams.
CMA winners will be honored at ceremonies Saturday, March 18 at the Stephen M. Bailey Auditorium, 1340 W. Washington, starting at 6 pm. VIP tickets are $55 and general admission tickets are $36. Buy tickets by calling 312/427-0266 or clicking here. Chicagomusicawards@gmail.com.
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