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AWARDS & BENEFITS NEWS: 2004 Detroit Music Awards Winners

(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — The 2004 Detroit Music Awards were presented April 23 at the State Theatre
in Detroit. It was the 12th annual Detroit Music Awards,
which started in 1992 as the Motor City Music Awards. Trophies were presented in 61 categories. Distinguished Achievement Awards were presented to electronic pioneer Juan Atkins and the blues duo The Butler Twins while Special Achievement Awards went to WDET-FM and the Detroit Historical Museum's exhibit Techno: Detroit's Gift to the World.

The 2004 Detroit Music Awards winners:

* Outstanding National Major Label Album: The White Stripes, "Elephant"

* Outstanding National Single: The White Stripes, "Seven Nation Army"

* Outstanding National Small/Independent Label Album: The Romantics,

* Outstanding Anthology/Compilation/Reissue: Bob Seger, "Greatest Hits 2"

* Outstanding Producer: Roscoe (aka Brian White)

* Outstanding Studio: Roscoe's Recording

* Outstanding Live Performance: Detroit Women in R&B

* Outstanding Acoustic/Folk Recording: Tangerine Trousers, "Dressed For

* Outstanding Acoustic Artist/Group: Tangerine Trousers

* Outstanding Folk Artist/Group: Grievous Angel

* Outstanding Acoustic/Folk Instrumentalist: Jeremy Kittel

* Outstanding Acoustic/Folk Songwriter: Liz Larin

* Outstanding Acoustic/Folk Vocalist: Liz Larin

* Outstanding Blues Artist/Group: Thornetta Davis

* Outstanding Blues/R&B Instrumentalist: Brett Lucas

* Outstanding Blues/R&B Recording: "Detroit Women in R&B and Friends —

* Outstanding Blues/R&B Songwriter: Brett Lucas

* Outstanding Blues/R&B Vocalist: Thornetta Davis

* Outstanding Classical Composer: James Hartway

* Outstanding Classical Instrumentalist: Robert DeMaine

* Outstanding Classical Vocalist: Dana Lentini

* Outstanding Community Orchestra: (tie) Birmingham Bloomfield Symphony
Orchestra and Flint Symphony Orchestra

* Outstanding Country Artist/Group: The Wrenfields

* Outstanding Country Instrumentalist: David Mosher

* Outstanding Country Recording: The Forbes Brothers, "Wrong End of the

* Outstanding Country Songwriter(s): Scott and Dennis Forbes

* Outstanding Country Vocalist: Terrie Lea

* Outstanding Electronic/Dance Artist/Group: Carl Craig

* Outstanding Electronic/Dance DJ: Derrick May

* Outstanding Electronic/Dance Recording: Detroit Electronica Coalition,
"Delectronict 3"

* Outstanding Electronic/Dance Writer/Producer: Kevin Saunderson

* Outstanding Gospel/Christian Artist/Group: CeCe Winans

* Outstanding Gospel/Christian Songwriter: Amy Heard

* Outstanding Gospel/Christian Vocalist: Amy Heard

* Outstanding Jazz Composer: Marcus Belgrave

* Outstanding Jazz Instrumentalist: Marcus Belgrave

* Outstanding Jazz Recording: Various Artists, "The Detroit Experiment"

* Outstanding Jazz Vocalist: Ursula Walker

* Outstanding Modern Jazz Artist/Group: Marcus Belgrave

* Outstanding Traditional Jazz Artist/Group: Straight Ahead

* Outstanding Alternative/Indie Artist/Group: The Fags

* Outstanding Hard Rock/Metal Artist/Group: Forge

* Outstanding Industrial Artist/Group: Haf/Life

* Outstanding Pop Artist/Group: Liz Larin

* Outstanding Rock Group: Kingsnakes

* Outstanding Rock/Pop Instrumentalist: Jimmy Paluzzi (The Fags)

* Outstanding Rock/Pop Recording: Sista Otis &the Wholly Rollers,
"Worldwide Release"

* Outstanding Rock/Pop Songwriter: Liz Larin

* Outstanding Rock/Pop Vocalist: Liz Larin

* Outstanding Hip-Hop Artist/Group: Black Bottom Collective
* Outstanding Hip-Hop DJ: White Boy Ric

* Outstanding Hip-Hop MC: Paradime

* Outstanding Urban/Funk Artist/Group: The Brothers Groove

* Outstanding Urban/Funk Instrumentalist: Chris Codish (The Brothers

* Outstanding Urban/Funk Songwriter: Chris Codish (The Brothers Groove)

* Outstanding Urban/Funk/Hip-Hop Recording: Sista Otis &the Wholly
Rollers, "Worldwide Release"

* Outstanding Reggae/Ska Artist/Group: Immunity

* Outstanding World Music Artist/Group: Atlantez
* Outstanding World/Reggae/Ska Instrumentalist: Eileen Orr (Atlantez)
* Outstanding World/Reggae/Ska Recording: Brazil and Beyond, "Beatles"
* Outstanding World/Reggae/Ska Vocalist: Gail Baker (47UMa)

–Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen

VH1 Goes Hip-Hop With New Awards Show

NEW YORK (AP) — Hip-hop's pioneers will be celebrated with a new awards show to air later this year on VH1, the network's president told The Associated Press.

Though it has recently changed its focus to pop culture and has profiled rappers such as Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur, VH1 has hardly been synonymous with hip-hop over the years.

But network president Christina Norman says VH1 is the perfect venue for such an awards show, which will be an annual event. "The people who grew up listening to the Sugar Hill Gang and Run-DMC," Norman said, "those are our viewers."

"VH1 Hip-Hop Honors," scheduled for Oct. 8, will honor groundbreaking artists with a show that mixes old-school and current rap performers.

Although other awards shows that celebrate rap, including the Source Awards and the BET Awards, Norman says VH1's show will provide an opportunity to laud veteran rappers who may not have gotten accolades in the past.

She noted that the first rap Grammy wasn't given out until 1989, though hip-hop had been around for at least a decade before that.

"This is a way for us to acknowledge the unsung heroes of hip-hop," she told the AP on Thursday.

No honorees have been determined yet, she said. The show will coincide with a five-part documentary on the history of hip-hop that will air on the network that week.

"When you think of all of the influence hip-hop has had on our culture, it's a hugely impactful art form," she said. "Hip-hop definitely needs to get its due."

Beastie Boys To Perform At MTV Film Awards

NEW YORK (AP) — The Beastie Boys are set to perform at the MTV Movie Awards next month, along with D-12 and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, a network representative told The Associated Press.

The irreverent awards show will be taped June 5 in Culver City, Calif., outside Los Angeles, and broadcast June 10 on MTV.

"Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" has the most nominations with six, including best movie and best on-screen team for co-stars Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom.

Other performers and presenters are to be announced later.


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Ray Charles Studios Gets Landmark Status

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The city is honoring Ray Charles for his edifice complex.

The 13-time Grammy winner's recording studios, built 40 years ago in central Los Angeles, will get official city historic landmark designation during dedication ceremonies Friday at the Washington Boulevard building also housing his offices and RPM International Inc.

Actor Clint Eastwood will unveil the plaque.

"I love this place," the 73-year-old Charles said. "It's the only home I've truly had for most of my professional career and I would never leave it."

Charles has recorded at Ray Charles Studios for four decades. His upcoming "Ray Charles Duets" was the latest album produced at the facility.

Designed and built by Charles and his longtime manager Joe Adams, RPM and its creators have remained loyal to the neighborhood throughout the area's evolution over the years.

During the early days of construction, the pair would often visit the site, with Adams gently guiding Charles through the skeletal maze of steel and concrete that would become their longtime professional home.

John Coltrane House To Become A Museum

DIX HILLS, NY (AP) — A house where jazz saxophonist John Coltrane once lived will be saved from demolition and turned into a museum under a plan being considered by local officials.

A developer had purchased the house, where Coltrane composed his classic 1964 album "A Love Supreme," in 2002 and had planned to turn the 3.3-acre property into a subdivision.

But jazz historians and preservationists have been pressing the Huntington Town Council to designate the house a historic landmark — a move that would prevent its demolition and allow it to become a museum. The Council held a hearing on the proposal Tuesday, and several local officials told The New York Times for Sunday editions that they favored the plan.

"The house absolutely qualifies for historic designation," Susan Berland, one of Huntington's four town council members, told the Times. "John Coltrane lived there and wrote his best work there."

She said the council would offer to compensate the developer, Ash Agrawal, for the house's "fair market value." Agrawal had no comment on the proposal, the Times said. But at least one neighborhood group, the Ripley Manor Civic Association, fears the museum would bring traffic, loud festivals and other disturbances to an otherwise quiet suburban community.

"So he lived there two and a half years while he did his best work," Ron Kahn, treasurer of the civic association, told the Times. "Should we landmark every house Billy Joel lived in on Long Island?"

Coltrane lived in the house from 1964 until his death in 1967. His family lived there until 1973.