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:: Spotlight :: 2006 Urban Music Awards

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

In a terrific initiative for the Australian urban music scene, fans can prepare for the first Urban Music Awards, to be held at the Homebush State Sports Centre on Friday, July 21, 2006. There will be a super line-up of international and local artists. It shapes up as one of the biggest Australian music events of 2006 and will be proudly presented by Lowie’s Hot 30 Countdown and Channel

Confirmed to perform and co-host the awards show will be legendary international artist and Grammy Award winner, DJ Jazzy Jeff (Will Smith – DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince) and the highly successful rapper, Kurtis Blow performing his landmark 1980’s hits, The Breaks and Rappers Delight.

‘I’m really looking forward to coming back to Australia and being part of the first annual Urban Music Awards in July’ says DJ Jazzy Jeff.

The highly anticipated 2006 Urban Music Awards promises to be a celebration of Urban Music and its huge influence within Australia and NZ ; encompassing hip hop, R&B and soul.

Also confirmed to perform will be Australian and New Zealand artists; The Herd, Fast Crew, Jade MacRae, Israel, DJ Nino Brown, Phrase, Koolism, Weapon X & Ken Hell, Stan Bravo and Blak Genius, with more highly acclaimed artists to be announced in the coming weeks.

The 2006 Urban Music Awards will be hosted by a variety of well known music and entertainment industry personalities and VIP guests including Maya Jupiter and DJ Sir-Vere. The show will comprise elements of a traditional awards night and concert format, ensuring that the night is fast paced, energetic and, above all, entertaining.

Event organiser, Jade Harley, says ‘The 2006 Urban Music Awards will embody the street vibe so heavily associated with urban music in all it’s forms and the ceremony itself will be powered by the raw energy of these music styles, featuring plenty of live international and local performers and dancers keeping the show fresh and unique. This is the first awards show of its kind and we will be encompassing both Australia and New Zealand in the nominations, as well as offering our audience the dynamic of both the prestige of an awards night and the excitement of a concert under one roof.’

2005 was a year in which new and established urban and hip hop artists left a major imprint on the Australian and New Zealand market place and this will reflect in the nominations.

The range of categories include; Best Hip Hop Single, Best Video Clip, Best Live Act, Best Club DJ, Best New Talent, with a total of 17 categories being presented on the night. The voting is driven by public votes only, making this a true representation of what records are selling and what people are listening to rather than an industry driven voting system. All voting will be conducted by the official 2006 Urban Music Awards website and the nominees will be the top four voted by the public in each category.

Jade Harley added, “The Urban Music Awards has been a long time in the making and with so many new artists emerging out of both territories now is the time to acknowledge that this genre of music is as strong and as recognizable as any other, it is a very exciting time. The pioneers of urban music in Australia such as Renee Geyer, Marcia Hines, Doug Williams who will be honoured and acknowledged with a special tribute to their contribution to the industry.”

Tickets will be available to the general public and will go on sale in May.

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PUBLIC VOTING HAS COMMENCED - Check here

**All voters go in the draw to win a VIP experience including tickets to the show for you & five friends, VIP after party access, limo service all night and backstage access to meet Jazzy Jeff and Kurtis Blow.**

The voting is driven by public votes only, making this a true representation of what records are selling and what people are listening to rather than an industry driven voting system

All voting will be conducted by the official 2006 Urban Music Awards website and the nominees will be the top four voted by the public in each category.

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**Update as at June 14, 2006 - Nominations announced**

The 2006 Urban Music Awards has announced the final nominations in each category after the official website was inundated with votes over the past two months. The awards will be presented on July 21 at the Homebush State Sport Centre with a huge line up of national and international live performances from legendary DJ Jazzy Jeff along with rapper Kurtis Blow, Guy Sebastian, Deni Hines, N’Fa, Jade MacRae, Fast Crew, Phrase, Kid Confucius, Savage, Israel, Mareko, Paulini, DJ’s Nino Brown, Aaradahna, Boo-Yaa Tribe, Yukmouth and more.

Hosted by Channel Maya Jupiter and DJ Sir-Vere with special guest presenters including Hot 30’s Lowie, P Money, Marcia Hines, Renee Geyer, Rodney O, Anthony Mundine, Paulini, Ricki-Lee, Doug Williams, Tiffani Wood, J Wess and more.

The nominations are as follows:

Best R&B Single
Jade MacRae – Superstar
Guy Sebastian – Oh Oh
Israel – Work Da Middle
Savage – Moonshine

Best Hip Hop Single
Fast Crew – I Got
Scribe and P Money – Stop the Music
Bliss n Eso – Up Jumped The Boogie/Party At My Place
Hilltop Hoods – Clown Prince

Best R&B Album
Israel – Chapter One
Jade MacRae - Jade MacRae
Vassy – My Affection
Ricki Lee – Ricki Lee

Best Hip Hop Album
Figgkidd – This Is Figgkidd
Savage - Moonshine
Bliss n Eso – Day of the Dog
Fast Crew – Set The Record Straight

Best Male Artist
Scribe
Guy Sebastian
Figgkidd
Savage

Best Female Artist
Aaradhna
Jade MacRae
Paulini
Maya Jupiter

Best R&B Group
Adeaze
Random
Shakaya
Brown Sugar

Best Hip Hop Group
Bliss n Eso
Hilltop Hoods
Fast Crew
Deceptikonz

Best New Talent
FiggKidd
Savage
Jade MacRae
Fast Crew

Best DJ (Australia)
Peter Gunz
Nino Brown
Eko
Tikelz

Best DJ (New Zealand)
P Money
DJ Sir-Vere
Logical
CXL

Best Video Clip
Guy Sebastian – Oh Oh
Israel – Work Da Middle
Hilltop Hoods – Clown Prince
Bliss n Eso – Up Jumped The Boogie/Party At My Place

Best Radio Show
Trail Blazin – Nino Brown - 96.1FM
K Sera and the Dirty Dozen – 96.1FM
Lowie’s Hot 30 Countdown - 104.1FM
Black Label Show – 93.7FM

Best Club Night (Aus)
Fat @ Gas
Candy Shop
Soul Clap
Red Room

Best Club Night (New Zealand)
Chocolate City
Reprezent
Fu Bar
RnB Superclub

Best International Act
Kanye West
Snoop Dogg
Destiny’s Child
Chris Brown