The Chicago Music Awards is a small, powerful celebration of the city’s finest.
Jalan Veal, Alicia Lopez, Maia Ritchie, and Yvonne Pule
The 33rd Annual Chicago Music Awards took place at the Copernicus Center in Jefferson Park.
People of all different music styles came to be recognized for their talents. Others came to be honored for their long term contribution to music in Chicago.
Charlie “Chuckaluck” Hosch, a legendary bass player who has toured with the likes of Earth, Wind & Fire and The Emotions, was given a Lifetime Achievement Award after more than 40 years as a musician.
“I want to take this attention as an opportunity to highlight that music changed my life, and it can change other young boys’ lives,” Hosch said to Mild Sauce.
“I could have got into all kinds of trouble, I nearly did. But when I found music, that all changed. The awards are important because us at the top of our game need to stay united and keep the music here alive. If we can do that, the young up-and-coming musicians will stay on the right path and have artists to look up to,” he said. Hosch grew up in Englewood, and thanks early contact with music for saving his life and keeping him out of gangs.
Other big winners of the night included one-time contestant on The Voice, Terisa Griffin for Best Female Vocalist, blues singer and guitarist Buddy Guy for Jazz/Blues Superstar, and Girl Group Chicago who won Pop Entertainer of the year and Best New Entertainer.
A group of ten stunning voices, Girl Group Chicago were formed less than a year ago to showcase beautiful feminine voices, and to pay homage to the girl groups of the 1960’s that the singers admire. “Particularly The Ronettes,” says Shana East, the group founder (she doesn’t like being called a “lead singer”).
“We have a really niche style, and it’s great that that’s being celebrated here tonight,” said East of their award wins.
The awards show was founded in 1982 by Chicago music entrepreneur Ephraim M. Martin with the aim of highlighting the Midwest’s most talented musicians.
“We are thrilled to be here for another year, and have the chance to show the world the amazing talent that comes out of Chicago year after year,” said Martin to the crowd on Sunday.
“Chicago has a spot in the history of American music that deserves to be celebrated, and I am so happy that music legends and new talent can come together here to keep our city’s music alive,” he said.