HOUSTON VOICE • APRIL 28, 2000
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As Kristina Boerger accepted her
Contemporary Classical Composer GLAMA
("Dream of ■ Snow Covered Bridges,"
Amasong, AMAI/Amasong), she was
resplendent in black tuxedo tails, starched
white-shirt and bright baby blue bow tie.
And the evening's first genuine surprise
occurred moments later when presenter Kate
Clinton announced the Choral GLAMA,
which tied and went to Boerger for her second award, and to Dallas-based Turtle Creek
Chorale for "In This Heart of Mine" (The
Best of Turtle Creek Chorale; TCC).
Two GLAMAs helped point out how
forcibly queer music is forcing the major
labels to re-write industry rules.
After rocking the crowd with her winning
track, Joi Cardwell won the Dance Music
GLAMA for "Last Chance for Love," from
her album Deliverance (Nomad Records),
which was produced by her own label.
"This means so much to me because
Deliverance is my first album on my very
own label," Cardwell said. "I'm free from
the record companies."
GAYBC Radio's Charlie Dyer won the
first-ever GLAMA for Live Radio Broadcast.
"The GLAMAs are about music, not about
radio," Dyer said. "Thanks for supporting us
because we don't exist without you."
Christian Andreason took the nod for
For a list of GLAMA winners,
Contemporary Spiritual Music, a new category.
"When the subject of spirituality came up,
papers started rustling, conversations began
and people got up to get drinks," Andreason
said. "But everyone in this room, whether
you write or sing music or listen to it, does
so from a place of spiritual honesty."
In a perfect sign of queer serendipity,
GLAMA's two special honorees, jazz
pianist Fred Hersch and singer/songwriter
Meshell Ndgeocello, were each honored
beyond those prizes. Hersch earned a
standing ovation while accepting the
Michael Callen Medal, awarded to an individual, group, organization or business
committed to furthering gay music and
whose spirit embodies that of the late
activist and musician.
Revealing their similar background—
Callen was raised in Cincinnati, Hersch a
half an hour away—Hersch recalled meeting and working with Callen on the landmark album Legacy. Hersch also collected
the Male Artist GLAMA, for "Fred Hersch
Live at Jordan Hall: Let Yourself Go."
Meshell Ndgeocello received the
GLAMA co-lounders Michael Mitchell (left) and Tom McCormick added several new categories
to the annual gay music awards, which—despite some minor glitches—showed the growing
influence of queer music.
evening's second standing ovation while
accepting GLAMA's Outmusic Award, presented to a recording artist, group or musician who has advanced gay music through
their work as an out musician.
"It's really hard to come here and see that
I'm only one of a handful of people of color.
I just wish we could all love each other. Just
love each other," Ndgeocello said. "Thank
you so much for this. It inspires me to keep
working, to go back to my label and push
the envelope a little bit more."
In an interview after the awards ceremony, Ndgeocello laughed at her statements
about pushing her music label—it is, after
all, owned by Madonna.
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tie more," Ndgeocello said. "I think my
next thing to do is to impregnate Madonna.
Maybe I can get some, you know, something real happening that way."
But the three-time GLAMA winner also
reiterated her belief that the gay community has racial barriers to break down.
"The community is so racially diverse, so
economically diverse, so artistically
diverse. It's just really difficult. Because I
deal with that in my every day life. I even
remember going to coming out meetings in
New York and there was racism then. There
is racism in the gay community today. But
we can fix that. We can all broaden our
minds. We really can all love each other. We
at least have to try," Ndgeocello said.