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Yes, friends, once more the time has come for les critics musiques to put their pointy heads together, to jab fingers, hurl invective, get all damp and bug-eyed, pompously proclaim and proudly pontificate pretentiously on who and what, indeed, are the greatest things on the L.A. music scene.
We know, we know, awards shows are a dime a dozen, theyre super way cheesy, and they dont prove a dang thing except what a deluded herd of self-important twerps all music critics are. Fine and dandy. Hey, dont get us started we know everyone hates critics, we know no one loves us, least of all ourselves . . . Waaahhh!
Anyway, thats what were here for: to bring us all together, for better or worse. With that in mind, the Weekly polled 25 writers on the best of L.A.s musical best. Again, most of our nominees create sounds that straddle several borders, so categorizing them proved to be among the chief difficulties; you can take their inclusion in this or that stylistic division as a pretty rough demarcation, with plenty of spillage into other zones of endeavor. We recognize that were honoring a mere small sliver of L.A.s fertile musical tree, thus our choices reflect such factors as the artists length of service, their potential for future greatness, depth of concept, skill in execution, cultural relevance or just pure entertainment value. Our only criterion was that the artist lives and/or works in or around Los Angeles, signed or unsigned, major or independent, megastar or megastarving.
The LAWMA pays tribute not just to outstanding individual musical achievements, but to the amazing diversity and wealth of the Los Angeles music scene as a whole and were talking a true embarrassment of riches. Everyones a winner for being nominated, of course, and if we didnt get to you this time, we will.
Beachwood Sparks Macy Gray Mia Doi Todd Nebula Styles of BeyondBEST ROCK BAND
The BellRays Buckcherry Mother Superior L7 BluebirdBEST HARD ROCK/METAL BAND
Coal Chamber Motley Crue Rage Against the Machine Rollins Band System of a DownBEST POP/ROCK BAND
Beachwood Sparks Buck Eels The Negro Problem WondermintsBEST PUNK/HARDCORE BAND
Betty Blowtorch Excessories Streetwalkin Cheetahs Texas Terri & the Stiff Ones The ZerosBEST RAP/HIP-HOP ARTIST
Dr. Dre Jurassic 5 Kool Keith Medusa Ugly DucklingBEST JAZZ ARTIST
James Carney Alex Cline Brad Mehldau Wadada Leo Smith Dwight TribleBEST COUNTRY ARTIST
Dave Alvin Chris Gaffney Brantley Kearns Kathy Robertson Rick SheaBEST CONTEMPORARY BLUES/ R&B ARTIST
Cafe R&B Macy Gray Ben Harper Etta James Dewey TerryBEST SALSA/LATIN ARTIST
Caravana Cubana Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca Bobby Rodriguez Poncho Sanchez Son MayorBEST INSTRUMENTAL BAND
Banyan Breakestra Destroy All Nels Cline Double Naught Spy Car Michael Whitmore SometetBEST NEW-GENRE/ UNCATEGORIZABLE ARTIST
Crib Kraig Grady Brad Laner/Electric Company Solid Eye Azalia SnailJAZZ EMINENCE AWARD
Bobby Bradford Charlie Haden Billy Higgins Don Preston Wadada Leo SmithPOP/ROCK LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
will be presented to Hadda Brooks, Dick Dale, Arthur Lee and Big Jay McNeelyBEST WORLD MUSIC/ RECOMBINANT ARTIST
Ricardo Lemvo Ozomatli Prince Eyango Quetzal Adam RudolphBEST DJ (Mixmeister)
Babu Cut Chemist DJ Jun Numark DJ HigherBEST DJ (Selector)
Jason Bentley Joseph Brooks DJ Daz Al Jackson Mike MessexBEST RADIO SHOWAlma del Barrio
(KXLU) Garth TrinidadsChocolate City
(KCRW)Molotov Cocktail Hour
(KXLU) Bill GardnersRhapsody in Black
(KPFK) Mark TorresTravel Tips for Aztlan
(KPFK)BEST ROCK/POP SONGWRITER/COMPOSER
Beck Jon Brion Eleni Mandell Aimee Mann Mike NessBEST DANCE MUSIC ARTIST
OO Soul Fishbone Christopher Lawrence Doc Martin George Sarah
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Eastside Sinfonietta Miguel Harth-Bedoya L.A. Chamber Orchestra/Jeffrey Kahane L.A. Philharmonics New Music Ensemble Xtet
The L.A. Weekly Music Awards 2000 will be held at the Henry Fonda Theater on Thursday, June 29, at 8 p.m. For tix and info, call (323)-993-3648.
And the nominees are: