Nelly Furtado will receive the Living Legend Award during the event for her leadership and contributions toward the advancement of Native American culture. For her single "Big Hoops" from her current album "The Spirit Indestructible," she featured Native American hoop dancer Tony Duncan in the music video, and the two have performed together throughout the past year for MTV's Video Music Awards, the Billboard Music Awards, "The Tonight Show" and more. Furtado has sold 20 million albums worldwide, won two Grammy Awards and 10 Juno Awards, and has a star on Canada's Walk of Fame.
The 14th Annual Native American Music Awards was originally scheduled for Friday, Nov. 30, but was postponed until Friday, May 10. "Superstorm" Sandy completely destroyed the home of the award show's president and founder, Ellen Bello - which nearly led to a full cancellation of the event. Bello believes this year's program is "better than ever" and a "testament to all who support Native American music."
Limited tickets for Friday's event are available at Seneca Casino box offices, www.Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster locations or by phone at 800-745-3000.
The Seneca Niagara Events Center will be at half-size - 1,200 seats - to provide audience members a closer connection to presenters, awardees and performers.
To learn more about the Native American Music Awards, visit www.NAMAlive.com