Music awards in Minnesota have been sponsored by a variety of organizations. The information in these pages has a lot of holes, so if you have any programs, news items, etc. that you could share to fill this in, please contact me.
CONNIE AWARDS: 1967-1970
This organization is actually based in Chicago, but the names of the most popular polka musicians who played in Twin Cities ballrooms are among its inductees. The first class was inducted in 1969, and the organization is very active today.
JACKIE AWARDS: 1969
KUXL’s program director, record label owner, and concert promoter Jackie “Daddy Soul” Harris organized the Jackie Awards on August 30, 1969 to recognize the black musicians in town. The event was held at the Honeywell Union Hall, attended by 850 people. It was organized as a combination battle of the bands and awards ceremony. Bobby Lyle was voted Best Jazz Artist, and Maurice and the Champions were the Best R&B band. The folks at Secret Stash tell us that “Jackie grew up in Chicago, recording several 45s for local labels. He moved to Minneapolis in 1968, and from ’68 to ’70 was a DJ at KUXL. He also ran his own label, Black & Proud Records, releasing 45s by himself and Maurice McKinnies.” Image below left courtesy Dale Burback. January 1969 Photo below from the Minneapolis Star courtesy Minnesota Historical Society.
MINNESOTA BLACK MUSIC AWARDS: 1982 – 2011
MINNESOTA MUSIC AWARDS 1981 – 2006
MINNESOTA MUSIC HALL OF FAME, based in New Ulm. It tends not to focus on rock ‘n’ roll acts, although it has some. Started in 1989.
MINNESOTA ROCK/COUNTRY HALL OF FAME: 2004 – 2012
In 1966 the National Ballroom Operators Association awarded citations to the Castaways, the Hot Half Dozen, Michael’s Mystics, and the Underbeats for being outstanding, neat and danceable bands.
The “Minnies” were awards to radio and TV people on Twin Cities stations, presented by the local chapter of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) and the Advertising Club of Minneapolis.
TWIN CITIES JAZZ MUSICIANS AWARDS, 1946: Stem Hall, St. Paul. Wish we had the names! Minnesota Historical Society