Music icon, Buffy Sainte-Marie, receives four nods for new album, Running for the Drum, at Aboriginal People’s Choice Music Awards
WINNIPEG – The organizers of the Aboriginal People’s Choice Music Awards held a press conference this morning to announce its list of nominees for the 2009 celebration, which is set to take place in Winnipeg, Manitoba on November 9th. The woman that virtually invented the role of the Aboriginal international activist pop star, Buffy Sainte-Marie secured four nominations: Entertainer of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Best Folk/Acoustic CD of the Year and Best Pop CD of the Year.
Earlier this year, Buffy Sainte-Marie released her 18th album, Running for the Drum, in North America and throughout Europe to critical acclaim, “A really wild, ear opening set for those that aren’t afraid to take the chance on something that rocks the boat against complacency and does it without a cudgel.” (Midwest Records).
Passionate as ever, Buffy Sainte-Marie uses her latest songs to cover an extensive array of commanding themes, including great loves and protest against environmental greed. Running for the Drum, like the artist herself, cannot be neatly categorized into a single musical genre; instead finding itself among a rare breed of pure music fusion.
Adding to an already expansive list of accolades and awards, Buffy Sainte-Marie won her second Juno Award for Aboriginal Album of the Year (2009) and became the 25th inductee into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame.
Running for the Drum, in tandem with her DVD, Buffy Sainte-Marie: A Multimedia Life, is available through select online retailers, including iTunes and Amazon and in stores throughout Europe and North America.