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Chief Nominated For Five Nammys

NEW YORK - Seminole Chief Jim Billie has received five nominations for the Second Annual Native American Music Awards, NAMA Director Ellen Bello announced recently.

The singing and songwriting Chairman of the Seminole Tribe of Florida is up for "Nammy" awards in the following categories: Best Male Artist, Best Folk Country Artist or Group, Best Debut Artist or Group, Songwriter of the Year and Best Music Video.

The winners, chosen by popular votes, as well as an advisory committee, will be announced at the grand Native American Music Awards spectacular, Nov. 6, at the Popejoy Hall in Albuquerque, N.M.

Though a singer and songwriter for more than four decades, Billie's work received its first national exposure during 1998-99 with the release of his CD Alligator Tales by SOAR Records (produced by John McEuen) and the screening of his music video Ways Of The Glades (directed by Leslie Gaines) at Robert Redford's Sundance Film Festival.

According to Bello, "The first annual Native American Music Awards was a highly successful and acclaimed event. The Awards received overwhelming national and international press coverage ranging from A&E's History Channel, CBS This Morning, Associated Press, USA Today and the Wall Street Journal to LaVoce Italiana and France's International Herald Tribune.

"Since our last show Native American music recordings have more than doubled. So let's keep the support going and growing!"

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