AWARDS & BENEFITS NEWS: Avril Lavigne And Diana Krall Lead Juno Nominations (more news)

(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) – Avril Lavigne led the nominations for Canada’s Juno Awards released on Monday. Earning nominations in 5 different categories, the young pop-punk star was closely followed by jazz singer Diana Krall with four. Artists k-os, Celine Dion, Feist, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Shania Twain, Billy Talent and Simple Plan took away three each.

Lavigne’s sophomore effort “Under My Skin” showed a more mature side of the punkish pop singer. It was nominated for Album of the Year and Best Pop Album. She also took nominations for Artist of the Year, Fan’s Choice, and Best Songwriter.

Diana Krall’s “The Girl In The Other Room” marked her first album of mostly original material. Her husband, Elvis Costello, shared the songwriting duties on the disc.

The award show will be held April 3 in Winnipeg.

The complete list of nominees are as follows:

Single of the year

  • River Below — Billy Talent
  • One Thing — Finger Eleven
  • Crabbuckit — k-os
  • Not Ready to Go — The Trews
  • Party For Two — Shania Twain with Mark McGrath

Fan Choice award

  • Diana Krall
  • Avril Lavigne
  • Sarah McLachlan
  • Marie-Elaine Thibert
  • Shania Twain

International album of the year

  • Encore — Eminem
  • American Idiot — Green Day
  • Feels Like Home — Norah Jones
  • How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb — U2
  • Confessions — Usher

Francophone album of the year

  • Ecoute-moi donc — Dany Bedar
  • Audrey De Montigny — Audrey
  • J't'aime tout court — Nicola Ciccone
  • Marie-Elaine Thibert — Marie-Elaine Thibert
  • Gros Mammouth Album Turbo — Les Trois Accords

Album of the year

  • Billy Talent — Billy Talent
  • Miracle — Celine Dion
  • The Girl In The Other Room — Diana Krall
  • Under My Skin — Avril Lavigne
  • Still Not Getting Any — Simple Plan.

Artist of the year

  • Bryan Adams
  • Celine Dion
  • Diana Krall
  • k.d. lang
  • Avril Lavigne

Group of the year

  • Billy Talent
  • Great Big Sea
  • Simple Plan
  • Sum 41
  • The Tragically Hip

Instrumental album of the year

  • A Warrior's Journey — Longhouse
  • Mi Destino/My Destiny — Oscar Lopez
  • Celtic Reverie — Loretto Reid & Dan Gibson Solitudes
  • Rest & Relaxation — Montgomery Smith
  • Mediterranean Nights — Vehkavaara & Piltch

Pop album of the year

  • Miracle — Celine Dion
  • Fefe Dobson — Fefe Dobson
  • Under My Skin — Avril Lavigne
  • Home — Ryan Malcolm
  • Still Not Getting Any — Simple Plan

Rock album of the year

  • Elocation — Default
  • Chuck — Sum 41
  • Seven Circles — The Tea Party
  • Come Again — Thornley
  • In Between Evolution — The Tragically Hip

New artist of the year

  • Keshia Chante
  • Fefe Dobson
  • Matt Dusk
  • Feist
  • Matt Mays

New group of the year

  • Alexisonfire
  • Death From Above 1979
  • The Marble Index
  • Thornley
  • The Waking Eyes

Songwriter of the year

  • Buck 65 for Wicked and Weird, 463, Sore
  • Marc Jordan for Let's Waste Some Time, Shot Down My Heart, Tears of Hercules
  • Avril Lavigne for Don't Tell Me, My Happy Ending, Nobody's Home
  • Gordie Sampson for Sunburn, Paris, You (Or Somebody Like You)
  • Ron Sexsmith for Whatever It Takes, Not About to Lose, Hard Bargain

Country recording of the year

  • This Time Around — Paul Brandt
  • One Good Friend — George Canyon
  • Girls Lie Too — Terri Clark
  • Dress Rehearsal — Carolyn Dawn Johnson
  • Party For Two — Shania Twain with Billy Currington

Adult alternative album of the year

  • All Of Our Names — Sarah Harmer
  • Matt Mays — Matt Mays
  • Retriever — Ron Sexsmith
  • Day One — Sarah Slean
  • Want Two — Rufus Wainwright

Rap recording of the year

  • F.A.M.E. — Concise Shoreline
  • Life's a Collection Of Experiences — DL Incognito
  • Joyful Rebellion — k-os
  • Bang Bang — Kardinal Offishall
  • Say Something — Kyprios

Alternative album of the year

  • Funeral — The Arcade Fire
  • Let It Die — Feist
  • Now — More Than Ever — Jim Guthrie
  • The Slow Wonder — A.C. Newman
  • Set Yourself on Fire — Stars

Vocal jazz album of the year

  • That's For Me — Susie Arioli Band featuring Jordan Officer
  • Eclipse — Kate Hammett-Vaughan Quintet
  • Make Believe Ballroom — Marc Jordan
  • The Girl In The Other Room — Diana Krall
  • Open Your Eyes — Dione Taylor

Contemporary jazz album of the year

  • Red Dragonfly (AKA Tombo) — Jane Bunnett
  • 5 — Alain Caron
  • New Danzon — Hilario Duran Trio
  • City of Neighbourhoods — NOJO with Sam Rivers
  • Sekoya — Sekoya

Traditional jazz album of the year

  • Vivid: The David Braid Sextet Live — David Braid
  • Extra Time — The Mike Murley Quintet
  • Deep Cove — Ryga / Rosnes Quartet
  • Exponentially Monk — John Stetch
  • Elenar — Francois Theberge

Children's album of the year

  • Songs for You — Jennifer Gasoi
  • MathJam K — Judy & David
  • A Poodle in Paris — Connie Kaldor
  • Angela May's Magnificent Musical Menagerie — Angela Kelman
  • The 5 Elements — Rick Scott & Harry Wong

Classical album of the year, solo or chamber ensemble

  • Dvok, Janek — Smetana
  • Romantic Pieces — James Ehnes, Eduard Laurel
  • Nikolai Kapustin Piano Music — Marc-Andre Hamelin
  • Bach: The English Suites — Angela Hewitt
  • Takemitsu: Toward the Sea — Robert Aitken, New Music Concerts Ensemble

Classical album of the year, large ensemble or soloist(s) with large ensemble accompaniment

  • Frenergy: Music of John Estacio — Mario Bernardi, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
  • Hummel — James Ehnes, London Mozart Players
  • Mahler: Symphony No. 4 — Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Orchestre Metropolitain du Grand Montreal Atmaclassique
  • Dardandus/Le temple de la gloire: Music of Jean-Phillippe Rameau — Jeanne Lamon, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra
  • Borodin — Bramwell Tovey, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

Classical album of the year, vocal or choral performance

  • Cleopatra –Isabel Bayrakdarian, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra
  • So Much to Tell — Measha Brueggergosman, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra
  • Brahms Lieder — Marie-Nicole Lemieux
  • Bach: Psaume 51, Cantate 82 — Karina Gauvin, Daniel Taylor, Violons du Roy
  • Italian Oratorios — Matthew White, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra

Classical composition of the year

  • The Tents of Abraham — Istvan Anhalt, Canadian Composers Portraits: Istvan Anhalt
  • A Farmer's Symphony — John Estacio, Frenergy
  • Nuevas monod''as espanolas — Jose Evangelista, The Art of Touching the
  • Keyboard Pangaea — Jeffrey Ryan, Variations on a Memory
  • Third Symphony — Robert Turner, Canadian Composers Portraits: Robert Turner

Dance recording of the year

  • All Of My Life — Aluna
  • Feel Love — DJ's Rule
  • Money Shot — Hatiras
  • Ghetto Love (Extended Original Version) — Original 3
  • All Things (Just Keep Getting Better) — Widelife with Simone Denny

R&B/soul recording of the year

  • Gary Beals — Gary Beals
  • Keshia Chante — Keshia Chante
  • Resurrected — jacksoul
  • What It Is — Ray Robinson
  • More — Tamia

Reggae recording of the year

  • Empty Barrel — Blessed feat. Kardinal Offishall
  • WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) — Sonia Collymore
  • Bare as She Dare — Carl Henry feat. Ce'Cile CeSoul
  • It's All Bless — Korexion
  • Uncorrupted — Steele

Aboriginal recording of the year

  • Green Dress — Wayne Lavallee
  • Pishimuss — Claude Mckenzie
  • Full Circle — Pappy Johns Band with Murray Porter
  • Taima — Taima
  • KATAKu — Florent Vollant

Roots & traditional album of the year — solo

  • Michael Jerome Browne & The Twin River String Band — Michael Jerome Browne
  • The Waking Hour — David Francey
  • Acoustic Album — Amos Garrett
  • West Eats Meet — Harry Manx
  • Hopetown — Jenny Whiteley

Roots & traditional album of the year — group

  • Let Em Run — The Bills
  • In All Things — Leahy
  • Jimson Weed — Nathan
  • Migration — La Volee d'Castors
  • 40 Days — The Wailin' Jennys

Blues album of the year

  • Fresh Horses — Jim Byrnes
  • No One To Blame — Rita Chiarelli
  • Come On In — Downchild
  • Soap Bars & Dog Ears — The Jimmy Bowskill Band
  • I'm Just a Man — Garrett Mason

Contemporary Christian/gospel album of the year

  • Red Letterz — Fresh I.E.
  • Living Water — Aileen Lombardo
  • Taken — Raylene Scarrott
  • Here to Stay — Greg Sczebel
  • Phenomenon — Thousand Foot Krutch

World music album of the year

  • Dho-Mach (Sacred Gift) — King Achilla Orru Apaa-idomo
  • Four Higher — autorickshaw
  • En Voyage — Les Gitans de Sarajevo
  • African Guitar Summit — Mighty Popo, Madagascar Slim, Donne Robert, Alpha Ya Ya Diallo, Adam Solomon, Pa Joe
  • Road to Kashgar — Orchid Ensemble

Producer of the year

  • David Foster
  • Raine Maida
  • Nickelback and Joey Moi
  • Bob Rock
  • Track & Field

Recording engineer of the year

  • Vic Florencia
  • John MacLean and Sheldon Zaharko
  • Peter Prilesnik (co-engineer Eric Ratz)
  • Bob Rock
  • L. Stu Young

CD/DVD artwork of the year

  • Bryan Adams (director/photographer) and Dirk Rudolf (designer) for Room Service — Bryan Adams
  • Tracy Maurice (director/designer/illustrator) and N
  • Hilary Treadwell (photographer) for Funeral — The Arcade Fire
  • Jesse F. Keeler (director/designer/illustrator) and Eva Michon (photographer) for You're a Woman, I'm a Machine — Death From Above 1979
  • Vincent Marcone (director/designer/illustrator) for It Dreams — Jakalope
  • John Rummen and Kim Kinakin (director/designer/illustrator) and James Michin III (photographer) for Under My Skin — Avril Lavigne

Video of the year

  • Perfect Wave — Stephen Scott for Barlow
  • The End Of The World — Floria Sigismondi for The Cure
  • One Evening — George Vale for Feist
  • B-Boy Stance — The Love Movement feat. k-os & Micah Meisner for k-os
  • The Reasons — Benjamin Weinstein for The Weakerthans

Music DVD of the year

  • The Barenaked Truth — David Langer, Barbara Barde, The Barenaked Ladies
  • In Stereovision — Ron Mann, Blue Rodeo
  • Great Big DVD — John Small Hallway Entertainment, Great Big Sea
  • A Night In Vienna — Michael Fischer-Leenice, Scott Morin, Oscar Peterson
  • Toronto Rocks — Dave Russell, Marty Callner, Michael Cohl, Stephen Howard, David Kines, Fred Nicolaidis, Jake Cohl, Randy Gladstein, Various Artists

–by CelebrityAccess Staff Writer

Five Nominated Acts Will Open Grammys

NEW YORK (AP) — The 47th Annual Grammy Awards show will open with music acts that could give Live Aid a run for its money.

The show, airing live Sunday from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on CBS, will begin with performances by five nominated artists: the Black Eyed Peas, Gwen Stefani (performing with Eve), Los Lonely Boys, Maroon5 and Franz Ferdinand.

They will perform separately across three stages at the start of the broadcast, the Recording Academy announced Tuesday.

Usher, who is nominated for eight Grammys, joins previously announced performers Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, Green Day, Alicia Keys, U2 and Tim McGraw, The Recording Academy also announced. Also planned is a tribute to Ray Charles featuring Bonnie Raitt and Billy Preston, and a salute to Southern Rock with Gretchen Wilson, Lynyrd Skynyrd and others.

Queen Latifah will host the show, which airs at 8 p.m. (EST).

Kanye West Leads Sunday's Grammy Pack

NEW YORK (AP) — Kanye or Green Day? Usher or Ray? The Grammys are back Sunday with a number of exciting contests, led by Kanye West against … himself.

The producer-turned-rapper leads all nominees with 10 nods. He has two nominations in the best rap-sung collaboration: "Slow Jamz" with Twista and actor-singer Jamie Foxx, and "All Falls Down" with Syleena Johnson.

West's debut album, "The College Dropout," also was nominated for album of the year. He'll face off against Alicia Keys and Usher _ who have eight nominations each _ as well as the late Ray Charles and Green Day.

Charles, whose posthumous duets album "Genius Loves Company" became the biggest seller of his long career, has seven nominations.

Critical darlings like Usher, Green Day, The Killers and Gretchen Wilson being nominated shows that the Grammies continue to move away from the much-derided "Grannies" image.

"The Grammys sometimes tends to skip over (acts). It takes them a couple of years sometimes to really get with the program," says Carson Daly, the late-night talk show host and former MTV personality, who also owns a record label.

The last time Green Day won a Grammy was 11 years ago, when their breakout record "Dookie" netted them a trophy for best alternative music performance. But Sunday, they could win six trophies, including the heavyweight album of the year for their politically aware rock opera, "American Idiot."

Still, some critics only see the Grammys as the show that honored schmaltzy songs like "Don't Worry, Be Happy" and "Wind Beneath My Wings" as records of the year, and inexplicably gave Jethro Tull the best hard rock/metal performance in 1989.

"The people who are the voters represent music professionals," said Michael Caplan, co-founder of Or Music, a small record label that's home to acts such as the Los Lonely Boys, which is up for four Grammys this year.

"Not all music professionals understand the mainstream or the cutting edge of what's going on," he says. "Sometimes they need a gentle nudge to go in the right direction."

In many ways, that nudge has come from hip-hop. Once rap was considered a fringe category not even worthy of inclusion on the telecast. But in recent years it has dominated major nominations, along with R&B acts with a hip-hop feel.

Grammy-winning producer Rich Harrison, who has created hits for acts including Destiny's Child and Jennifer Lopez, says the Grammys have had no choice but to recognize those contributions more, making them more relevant.

"Rap is the new pop, hip-hop is the new pop, and (the Grammys) have had had to fall in line," he says.

The awards are voted on by the 20,000-member Recording Academy, which includes everyone from CEOs and producers to engineers and technicians. With a group that large, and with 107 categories to vote on, it's hard to make everyone happy. Still, it seems as if the Grammys are pleasing more these days.

"I think they're back to a very high credible standard," Daly said, "because they're reflecting what's going on right now."

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AP Writer Colleen Long contributed to this report

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MSN Music Offers Grammy-Nominated Songs For Free Download

(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — For the first time ever, top Grammy-nominated songs are being given away free via MSN Music offering free downloads of top Best Song nominees.

From February 8-12, in the United States only, MSN Music will give away the MSN Music's editorial team's pick for Best Song in pop, rock, rap/hip-hop, soul/R&B, or country, with a different genre highlighted each day.

MSN Music's editorial team consists of professional musicians and producers, record label executives, music journalists, DJs, promoters, and artist managers with a total of more than 300 years in the music industry, based on their predictions of which one will take home the Grammy in the respective categories.

"The Grammy Awards celebrate the best music has to offer, and now music fans can enjoy our picks for the best of the best — absolutely free," said Rob Bennett, senior director of MSN Entertainment. "This is also an excellent opportunity for people to discover songs they might not have tried before — so pop fans can check out an outstanding country song, or rock fans can discover some of the year's best hip-hop."

Songs available for free dowload and their dates are:

February 8: Best Male Pop Vocal Performance/Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
February 9: Best Rock Song
February 10: Best Rap Song
February 11: Best R&B Song
February 12: Best Country Song

— Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner

Casting Crowns, Smith Lead Dove Nominations

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Christian singer Michael W. Smith led the Dove nominations Monday with eight, including artist and song of the year.

The group Casting Crowns was next with seven nominations.

Israel Houghton is nominated for male vocalist with Jeremy Camp, Jackson Crabb, Mark Hall and Fernando Ortega.

Smith is a perennial favorite at the Dove Awards, gospel music's version of the Grammys. This year, he is nominated for song of the year for "Healing Rain," as well as the prestigious artist of the year, pop/contemporary recorded song, pop/contemporary album and worship song.

Joining Smith in the artist of the year category: Casting Crowns, MercyMe, Selah and Switchfoot.

Nominated for female vocalist: Bethany Dillon, Grant, Nicole C. Mullen, Christy Nockels and Joy Williams.

New artist nominees: BarlowGirl, Building 429, Day of Fire, Bethany Dillon and Matthew West.

Casting Crowns, The Crabb Family, MercyMe, Selah and Switchfoot are up for group of the year.

The Doves will be awarded April 13 at the Grand Ole Opry House.

Foxx, Swank Take Actors Guild Honors

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jamie Foxx's uncanny re-creation of Ray Charles in "Ray" earned him the Screen Actors Guild Award for best actor Saturday, while Hilary Swank won the best-actress prize for "Million Dollar Baby," playing a spirited boxer whose life takes a tragic turn. The cast prize for best movie ensemble went to the road-trip comedy "Sideways."

Cate Blanchett won the supporting-actress honor for her role as Katharine Hepburn in "The Aviator," and Morgan Freeman took the supporting-actor prize for "Million Dollar Baby," playing a sage-like ex-prizefighter.

"Thank you for Ray Charles for just living so complex and so interesting, and making us all just come together," said Foxx, the front-runner to win the best-actor prize at the Academy Awards on Feb. 27. Addressing his director on "Ray," Foxx added, "Thank you for Taylor Hackford for taking a chance with an African-American film. Taylor, you're my director of the year."

Swank offered gushing praise for her director and co-star, Clint Eastwood.

"I bow down to you," Swank said to the 74-year-old Eastwood. "You are a talent beyond compare. If I'm half the person you are and half the talent you are when I'm 74, I will know that I've accomplished something great."

The SAG honors presented the first big head-to-head competition between Swank and Oscar rival Annette Bening, a nominee for the theater farce "Being Julia." At the Golden Globes, Swank won for best dramatic actress while Bening was honored for best actress in a musical or comedy.

The two actresses are the front-runners at the Oscars, a rematch of the showdown five years ago, when underdog Swank pulled an upset best-actress win for "Boys Don't Cry" over Bening, who had been the favorite for "American Beauty."

The wins gave all the actors an Oscar boost just as voting gets under way for Hollywood's top honors. Oscar ballots were mailed Wednesday to academy members, with voting scheduled to end Feb. 22, five days before the ceremony.

Freeman paid respect to fellow contender James Garner by singing a verse from the theme song of Garner's old TV Western "Maverick." Garner was nominated as supporting actor for the romantic drama "The Notebook" and received the guild's lifetime-achievement award.

Covering all his bases, Freeman added, "I want to thank everybody I ever met."

Blanchett thanked co-star Leonardo DiCaprio and especially "The Aviator" director Martin Scorsese. Looking at her trophy, a statue of a performer holding the comedy and tragedy masks that symbolize actors, Blanchett said, "I think the head, shoulders, knees and toes of this belong to Martin Scorsese, who led us all and brought us great courage."

For dramatic TV series, the late Jerry Orbach won the actor honor for "Law and Order." Orbach died in December.

"How bittersweet. But it's still sweet," said Orbach's widow, Elaine. "Jerry had a motto: Never leave a hit show. … May you all never leave your hit show."

Jennifer Garner earned the dramatic actress honor for "Alias," and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" received the dramatic ensemble award for the entire cast.

Tony Shalhoub, star of "Monk," won the guild prize for the second straight year as actor in a TV comedy. Teri Hatcher won the TV comedy actress honor for "Desperate Housewives," which also won the comedy ensemble award.

The 11th annual guild awards provided a warmup bout for "The Aviator" and "Million Dollar Baby" before they duke it out for best-picture at the Oscars. Although "Sideways" won the guild ensemble honor, "The Aviator" and "Million Dollar Baby" are still considered the best bets for the top prize at the Oscars on Feb. 27.

The winner of the SAG cast-performance prize has gone on to receive the top Oscar four times in the nine years since the guild added that category.

Guild nominees were chosen by 4,200 randomly selected union members. The union's full membership of 98,000 was eligible to vote for winners.

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Historic Ryman Auditorium To Host 2005 IBMA Awards For First Time

(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) —
The historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville will play host to the 2005 International Bluegrass Music Awards. The radio broadcast show is slated for October 27, in conjunction with World of Bluegrass week October 24-30, marking the first time the week-long bluegrass celebration will be held in Nashville.

“Few internationally recognized art forms that I’m aware of can pinpoint their actual birthing room and we’re thrilled to be hosting bluegrass music's biggest night of the year on the Ryman stage," IBMA Board Chairman David Crow.

Eddie Stubbs, renowned WSM Grand Ole Opry Announcer said, “The Ryman Auditorium is a sacred entity when it comes to the history of the Grand Ole Opry, country music, and especially bluegrass which was born there. When you think about all of the great bluegrass music that was played on that stage from the middle 1940s through the early ‘70s with the likes of Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs, Jim & Jesse, and the Osborne Brothers, all Grand Ole Opry members, it’s almost overwhelming.

"There is no other hall like the Ryman Auditorium," he continued. "The music sounded great in that room years ago, and it still sounds great there today. In tandem with the 20th anniversary of the IBMA, the 40th anniversary of the first multi-day bluegrass festival, the 80th anniversary of the Grand Ole Opry, and most importantly the 60th anniversary of the birth of bluegrass, one couldn’t ask for a more perfect venue than the Ryman.”

The IBMA Awards are syndicated to over 320 radio stations worldwide, making it the largest syndicated radio special of its kind, in addition to broadcasting live on the Sirius Satellite Radio network. A televised broadcast of the awards show is also being explored.

IBMA’s weeklong World of Bluegrass event includes a music industry convention, the awards show and Bluegrass Fan Fest. All events except the awards show will be hosted at the Nashville Convention Center across the street from the Ryman and are expected to draw more than 20,000 over seven days. The events have been held in Kentucky since 1986. — Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner

Third Annual Club World Awards To Be Held March 23

(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) —

Third Annual Club World Awards will be held March 23 during the Winter Music Conference in Miami. The 17-category awards recognize innovation in design, technology, sound, and talent across nightclubs in North America.

The Awards, also known as the “Disco Globes” after their mirror ball trophies, honor the hottest, newest, most cutting-edge products and the DJs, promoters and proprietors who strive to bring the public the ultimate clubbing experiences.

The 2005 Club World Award nominees:

Best Superclub
Avalon, Boston
crobar, New York
Mansion, Miami
Sound-Bar, Chicago

Best Club
Cielo, New York
Ice, Las Vegas
South Beach, Houston
The Church, Denver

Best Lounge
BarTwenty3, Nashville
Pearl, Providence
Tabú, Las Vegas
The Abbey, West Hollywood

Best New Club
Compound, Atlanta
Fur, Washington, D.C.
Lotus/Karma, Denver
Vinyl, Denver

Best Sound System
Mansion Miami, Phazon & Sound Investment
Quo New York, Advanced Audio Technology
Rain Las Vegas, Infinite Audio
Vinyl Denver, GC Pro & Speed of Sound

Best Lighting System
Blush Burlingame, Rutherford Design
crobar New York, SJ Lighting
Ontourage Chicago, Hospitality Design Group & Windmiller Sound
V20 Long Beach, Akroz Professional

Best Video System
crobar New York, Artfag & V Squared Labs
Teatro Las Vegas, Realisations & Tihany Design
V20 Long Beach, Akroz Professional
Vinyl Denver, GC Pro & Speed of Sound

Best Interior Design
Blush Burlingame, FUN Display/Mr. Important
crobar New York, BigTime Design & ICRAVE Design Studio
Fluid San Francisco, ODA Design Associates
Lotus Tampa, Slick Design
Mansion Miami, Francois Frossard Design

Best Party
Altered State Detroit
Anthem Miami, Michael Tronn Enterprises
Asseteria New York, Rob Promotions
Cubik Washington, D.C., Buzzlife
Mixed Elements San Francisco

Best Resident DJ
Behrouz, Pure Behrouz at Ruby Skye
David Harness, Sunday T-Dance at The EndUp
DJ Cubanito, Café Con Leche at South Beach
Francois K, Deep Space at Cielo

Best DJ Product
Denon DN-S1000
PVDJ (by Peavey) DAI
Rane Serato Scratch Live
Technics SL-DZ1200

Best Sound Product or Series
Dynacord Alpha Concept Series
JBL Dance Series
Martin Audio W8LM
Turbosound Aspect Series

Best Lighting Product or Series
American DJ Accu 250 Series
Chauvet Legend 250RX
High End Systems DL2
Martin Professional MAC 250 Entour

Best Video Product
High End Systems Digital Eye
Korg krossfour
Pioneer DVJ-X1
ScreenPlay Video Jukebox

Best Effect Product
CITC Little Blizzard
Jem Hydra
LFI DPSS Rainbow
OmniSistem PyroFog

Best LED Product
Color Kinetics iColor Flex SL
Elation Professional Octopod 80
Main Light Soft-LED
Pulsar ChromaFlood200

NightStalker Award
Rise, Boston
Stereo, Montreal
Sullivan Room, New York
Zentra, Chicago

–Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen

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