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:: Spotlight :: The Australian Video Music Awards (AVMA's) 2006

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

The second MTV Australia Video Music Awards (AVMA) will be held at the Sydney Superdome on April 12, 2006. The Superdome is seen as essential to the needs of the event, which drew a viewing audience of 1.9 million for the inaugural event in 2005.

MTV is looking to go beyond the ordinary to stage a spectacular show at the SuperDome. It sees the venue go beyond the staging of the ARIA Awards and position itself in grand terms in holding events of global appeal.

The awards will be telecast live on the Foxtel, Austar and Optus pay-TV platforms and, for the first time, broadcast on the Austereo radio network. MTV and sister channel VH1 will lead up to it with artist profiles, behind-the-scenes specials and red carpet highlights. The 2006 event will broadcast live to a potential wordwide audience of 1 billion people across MTV's global network of music channels and syndication partnerships.

Nominations for the categories will be determined via a voting panel made up of key members of the media and music industry. Viewers will vote via SMS, the website, and FOXTEL's digital interactive voting.

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**NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED**

Nominations for the second annual AVMAs were announced recently.
The awards recognise the best of Australian and international music in a variety of viewer-based categories. Nominations were decided by a voting panel of key media and music industry members.

Winners will now be selected by MTV viewers via SMS and online voting.

The 2006 event, at the Sydney Superdome on April 12, has announced key performers as James Blunt, The Darkness, End Of Fashion and The Veronicas. More will be announced soon.

The list of nominations is as follows:

Best Male Artist
Bernard Fanning
James Blunt
Kanye West
Robbie Williams
Shannon Noll

Best Female Artist
Ashlee Simpson
Kelly Clarkson
Madonna
Mariah Carey
Missy Higgins

Spankin' New Aussie Artist
End of Fashion
Kisschasy
Rogue Traders
The Veronicas
Wolfmother

Best Group
Foo Fighters
Gorillaz
Green Day
U2
Wolfmother

Best Rock Video
Foo Fighters - Best of You
Green Day - Wake Me Up When September Ends
Pete Murray - Class A
The Darkness - One Way Ticket
Wolfmother - Mind's Eye

Best Pop Video
Anthony Callea - The Prayer
Ashlee Simpson - Boyfriend
Kelly Clarkson - Because of You
Robbie Williams - Trippin'
The Veronicas - 4Ever

Best Dance Video
Body Rockers - I Like The Way
Madonna - Hung Up
Mylo - Drop The Pressure
Rihanna - Pon De Replay
Rogue Traders - Voodoo Child

Best R&B Video
Jade Macrae - So Hot Right Now
Chris Brown - Run It!
Mariah Carey - Shake It Off
Mario - Let Me Love You
Pussycat Dolls - Don't Cha

Best Hip Hop Video
50 Cent - Candy Shop
Black Eyed Peas - Don't Phunk With My Heart
Kanye West - Gold Digger
Savage feat. Akon - Moonshine
Snoop Dogg - Drop It Like It's Hot

Song Of The Year
Ben Lee - Catch My Disease
Bernard Fanning - Wish You Well
James Blunt - You're Beautiful
Kanye West - Gold Digger
Madonna - Hung Up

Video Of The Year
Gorillaz - Feel Good Inc.
Green Day - Wake Me Up When September Ends
Madonna - Hung Up
The Darkness - One Way Ticket
The Veronicas - 4Ever

Album Of The Year
Ben Lee - Awake is the New Sleep
Bernard Fanning - Tea and Sympathy
Coldplay - X&Y
Foo Fighters - In Your Honour
Madonna - Confessions on a Dance Floor

Check the official MTV AVMAs website for how to vote.

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Ashlee Simpson (pictured) will host the MTV Australia Video Music Awards 2006 (MTV AVMAs) to be held at Sydney SuperDome on April 12. It's a double of firsts for Ashlee as her appearance in Sydney marks her first time as host of an MTV Awards event.

With nominations for two MTV Awards, Best Female Artist and Best Pop Video, Ashlee joins the coveted line-up of stars to attend the MTV AVMAs, including some of the world's hottest artists - The Darkness, The Veronicas, James Blunt and End of Fashion are all set to perform at the celebrity-filled event.

“We are thrilled to have Ashlee Simpson as host of the second annual MTV AVMAs. A multi-talented international star, Ashlee will inject her own distinctly fresh and youthful edge to the show.”, commented Nigel Robbins, President, MTV Networks Asia-Pacific and Acting Managing Director, MTV Networks Australia.

With her own successful reality program on MTV, The Ashlee Simpson Show, documenting the process of making her first album, Autobiography (Universal), Ashlee's debut album went on to achieve over triple platinum sales globally. The release of her second album, I Am Me (Universal), followed in October 2005, featuring hit singles Boyfriend and L.O.V.E. At this years MTV AVMAs, Ashlee not only holds the coveted hosting gig but will also treat her fans to her first live and exclusive Australian performance with her girl's-night-out party anthem, L..O.V.E.

Voting for the MTV AVMAs is now open and closes on Friday, March 31. MTV viewers can cast their vote by logging on here or by simply sending an SMS with the word ‘vote’ to 191MTV and following the prompts.

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Australian artists Rogue Traders and Lee Harding, along with New Zealand’s Savage are set to perform at the MTV Australia Video Music Awards (MTV AVMAs) at the Sydney SuperDome on April 12. Joining other top international and local artists including The Darkness, James Blunt, The Veronicas and End of Fashion, the performances will beam across the world to a potential audience of 1.8 billion MTV viewers, providing unprecedented international exposure for local talent.

The Rogue Traders sure know how to make an entrance with their hot single ‘Voodoo Child’ exploding across the Australian airwaves last year to debut in the top 10 on the charts. Performing at the MTV AVMAs for the first time, the Rogue Traders will rock the crowd with their distinctive electro-punk style.

Lee Harding was thrust into the limelight with Australian Idol and has quickly become a local favourite with his individual punk style.

New Zealand hip-hop artist Savage has had a huge year with the release of two highly successful singles, ‘Swing’ and ‘Moonshine feat Akon’, the latter achieving double platinum sales in New Zealand after a staggering 7 weeks at number one.

International skateboarding legend, Danny Way, and singer-songwriter Kate Alexa are confirmed to present at the star-studded awards ceremony.

For more information, visit

www.mtv.com.au/avma/