Conrad Benally and Mary Benally. (Submitted photo)
By KAYCEE DIXEY
FORT HALL — The 2017 Native American Music Awards is October 14 in New York at the Seneca Niagara Casino.
Shoshone-Bannock tribal member Conrad Benally is nominated for two categories this year for Best Male Artist and Best Gospel/Inspirational Recording.
He will be attending this year’s music award with his oldest brother, Clarence Benally Jr. and his daughter, Mary Benally, for she is featured in his album.
Last year, Conrad won his first NAMMY Award for Best Inspirational Recording. He described his reaction at the moment, “I have never been so nervous in my life. When my category that I was nominated for came up, my heart was racing my hands were sweaty. I was going up against one of the top singers in Indian country.”
He said when the time came for them to announce the winners, he held his breath as they said, “And the winner is...Heart and Soul Conrad Benally. I yelled out a big Wahoo and the crowed cheered as I made my way up to the stage.”
As he gave his speech he thanked the creator Dumma uppa and also gave thanks to his family and tribe, the Shoshone-Bannock people from Fort Hall, Idaho. “I dedicated my award to my late mother Elizabeth Benally for always encouraging my to sing. She is now my Angel who watches over me and I knew she was there with me.”
He ended his speech with Standing Rock as he held his fist to the sky. “I said water is life... The crowed cheered as they held there fist high saying water is life.”
His daughter Mary is in the process of making her own solo album and plans to attend the music awards just like her father. People can vote at the website NativeAmericanAwards.com. The voting will go into next month until the award show. Conrad encourages everyone to please vote for his nominated album “Always and Forever” for Best Male Artist Award and Best Gospel/Inspirational Recording.
Just go to the website Native American Music Awards.
1. Click Vote Now
3. Vote Conrad Benally Always And Forever
• Best Male Artist
• Best Gospel Inspirational Recording.
4. Click Done.