The Accolades in the Arts was, as predicted, a great night of arts, awarding, and awesome food! Performing multiple roles, I got to experience the show behind the scenes, play a Mendelssohn quartet onstage before the official ceremony started, and watch other arts groups win awards and perform onstage. Here’s a recap of what all went down that night:
The first winner of the night – chosen, like all other groups, by the Michigan student body – was satire publication The Every Three Weekly for Best Literary Publication.
Next up for Best Student Film: Filmic with “The Team”, a short video about Michigan football and its emphasis on the team, the team, the team.
Best Variety Show: trash can percussion group Groove, with #Trashtag.
Next was a beautiful, inspired performance by the ladies of dance group Michigan Sahana.
Winner of Best Culture Dance Performance: all-male, fusion dance team Michigan Izzat.
Best Choreography: hip-hop group Encore.
Best Production Design: student-run musical theatre group MUSKET.
Best Curated Arts Exhibit: the Residential College-based community outreach organization Prison Creative Arts Project.
Best Exhibited Student Work (also on exhibit at the After Glow party that night): Michigan Ice Carving team.
Best A Cappella Performance: East Asian-interest a cappella group Kopitonez.
Best Improv Comedy Performance: Michigan’s “oldest and best” improv troupe Comco.
Best Ensemble Performance: Groove, for the second win of the night!
Next up was an intermission, where everyone was required to take a selfie à la Ellen at the Oscars.
After the mandatory selfie break, RhythM Tap Ensemble took the stage for a rousing tap number.
Next award: Best Theatrical Performance to student-run, student-written, student performed theatre by Basement Arts.
MUSKET snatched up another award for best Musical Theatre Performance for How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying.
The Spotlight Award went to the all-male a cappella group The Michigan G-Men, who also performed that night. First up was a rendition of Bon Iver’s Skinny Love, followed by – yup, you heard me – Stacy’s Mom. Both – amazing. Obsessed!
The Cross-Field Collaboration Award went to RhythM Tap Ensemble, who performed earlier that night.
The Cultural Advancement Award: Chinese Drama Club.
The last Accolade of the night, the Arts Outreach Award, went to the national honorary band fraternity Kappa Kappa Psi.
Afterwards, optiMize presented two $500 checks to the winners of the optiMize Social Innovation Challenge Crowdvote winners, Michigan Izzat and Michigan Manzil.
Finally, singers from 58 Greene and MUSKET performed a jazzy rendition of Hail to the Victors.
It was a great night, and, as MC and LSA/SMTD senior Melissa Golliday pointed out, we are the foundation of the Accolades legacy for years to come. As long as students keep making great art at Michigan, the Accolades will serve to recognize and publicize their incredible work. If you attended or participated in the ceremony, hope you had a great time. Otherwise, see you next year!