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Sten Joddi nominated for two Native American Music Award categories
MASON CITY, Iowa — Muscogee (Creek) recording artist Sten Joddi won his first Native American Music Award last year.
He is trying to make it an annual occurrence.
Nominations for the NAMMYs as they are affectionately called, were announced Sept. 10.
Joddi is up for Best Rap/Hip Hop Recording for his album ‘The Singles’ and also Best Music Video Recording (Narrative) for his hit song ‘Big Dreams.’
Joddi, who grew up in Glenpool but now makes his home in Iowa, talked about being recognized last year.
“Last year, the album was a collective collaboration of many different people and was more focused with the Native movement that was going on with the Standing Rock issue and ‘No DAPL’ and ‘Idle No More,’ ” Joddi said.
Last year, when talking about his first-ever NAMMY win, Joddi spoke on the pain of losing his mother and how he wished she could be there to see him accept it.
This year, the work that garnered his second consecutive nomination, came from that pain.
“This new album ‘The Singles’ it’s a lot more personal and has a lot more to do with my mother, and dealing with her death. It’s more emotional in some songs, and definitely has a different vibe,” Joddi said.
Songs like ‘My Momma’s Song’ and ‘Big Dreams’ reference the relationship and the video to ‘Big Dreams,’ which is up for the award, shows a flashback dramatization of their interaction when Joddi was younger.
“I dedicated last year’s album to my mother, but I would say she’s definitely ingrained more in this album,” he said.
Joddi talked about how this album came together very “organically.”
This is unlike most of his other work, where Joddi said he really did not go into the recording process of it with any plans or expectations.
He decided to let his raw emotions dictate what came through the microphone.
With a feeling of newness and stand-alone value with this project and it being recognized, Joddi said he is also comfortable since he has been through the process before.
“Going into this year’s award show is more of an excitement than a nervousness. I know what to expect. I have a lot of good family and friends behind me; it’s just more special,” he said.
Sten Joddi often speaks to Native youth, not just through his music, but also at various events and functions. He sees being recognized like this as a boost for Mvskoke youth.
“It’s an honor to be representing my tribe. As a Mvskoke man, a father, a son…just representing our people,” Joddi said. “We can achieve things on a mainstream level and make it no matter who you are. My mom instilled those values in me and I’m just trying to push that energy back into the universe.”
Fan voting is now open at: www.nativeamericanmusicawards.com.
The awards ceremony will once again be held Oct. 12 at the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino in Niagara Falls, New York.