November will have a monumental kickoff for Mickie James as she will co-host the Native American Music Awards (NAMA) on November 2nd.
The event, taking place at the at the Seneca Niagara Hotel & Casino in Niagara Falls, New York, will be the 19th annual award show.
James, a past award winner, was thrilled when she first received the invitation to co-host the ceremony.
“I’ve been so blessed to be part of the NAMA family,” James said. “To be honored as I have with awards and being inducted into the Hall of Fame were so exciting; but to host this incredible weekend? That’s a whole other level.”
A Powhatan tribe member, James feels a great privilege, but also responsibility that comes with being a public figure with First Nations roots. Her ancestry dates back to the Powhatan tribe from the Mattaponi reservation on her mother’s side and it’s something she has always embraced throughout her dual career as a wrestler and singer.
“I remember growing up, watching TV, and searching for Native American role models. There were so few at the time,” James recalled. “It’s so important to me to wear my heritage with pride and be that role model to young First Nations boys and girls. Whether I’m in the WWE ring or performing at a concert, I never hide my roots and do what I can to be a positive influence.”
James is also up for two awards this year, including Best Indie Single of the Year and Best Concept for a Music Video, both for her single for I Don't Give A. Fans can vote now for James here by filling out the Official Voting Ballot.
To learn more about the Native American Music Awards gala, visit http://www.namalive.com.