The red carpet was rolled out for dozens of North America's top acts Friday night. The 2008 Aboriginal People's Choice Music Awards was held at the MTS Centre.

Winnipeg's Eagle and Hawk were big winners, taking home four awards.

The awards celebrate the best in aboriginal music. And the very best came to perform, including popular country artist Crystal Shawanda.

The awards are voted on by fans from across the continent. This is the third year for the APCMA's and officials say they've noticed a big evolution, both in popularity and support.

"One of the really important things that has changed is the voting. Right now we've increased by 300 per cent. And they're voting all over the world, from Brazil to Germany to Africa to Italy," committee chair Lisa Meeches told CTV News

The following awards were given out Friday night:

Aboriginal Entertainer of the Year -- Eagle & Hawk

Best Blues CD -- JC Campbell Lazy James

Best Country CD -- Crystal Shawanda Dawn of a New Day

Best Duo or Group -- Eagle & Hawk

Best Folk/Acoustic CD -- Little Hawk Home and Native Land

Best New Artist -- Crystal Shawanda

Best Pow Wow CD (contemporary) -- Whitefish Bay Singers Oshke Ye Ii

Best Pow Wow CD (traditional) -- Northern Wind November Winds

Best Rock CD -- Eagle & Hawk Red Road Stories

Best Songwriter -- Eagle & Hawk

Single of the Year -- Crystal Shawanda You Can Let Go