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L.A. Weekly Music Awards 2001 nominees

Once more it’s time to announce the nominees for the L.A. Weekly Music Awards, 2001 edition. The artists were selected via a poll of 30 Weekly music critics, our only guideline being that the musicians had to be L.A.-based. Thus we have nominees who range from the relatively obscure to the mega-star, signed and unsigned, indie or major, in a nice variety of colors, shapes and sizes. The categories themselves are rather general descriptions of the nominees’ talents; many or most of these artists could conceivably be slotted in several different divisions.

Each nominee was chosen for outstanding achievement in music this year or for tireless services rendered over the years in Los Angeles. There’s such a huge abundance of great musicians in L.A. — once again, it was a difficult task to narrow the field down. Ultimately, of course, everyone’s a winner.

This year we’re also introducing a People’s Choice award for Most Valuable Player. This category embraces any and all L.A.-based individual artists or bands, in any style or genre. The vote on that one is up to you, readers. Submit your MVP vote at www.lamusic2001.com.

—John Payne

BEST NEW ARTIST

AWOL One Slowrider Sheila Nicholls Nik Frost The Tyde

BEST ROCK BAND

The BellRays Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Gwen Mars The Warlocks Mother Superior  

BEST HARD ROCK/METAL BAND

Fear Factory Nebula Fireball Ministry Tool Marilyn Manson

BEST POP/ROCK BAND

The Negro Problem The Jigsaw Seen Candypants The Sugarplastic The Januaries

BEST PUNK/HARDCORE BAND

Betty Blowtorch Texas Terri & the Stiff Ones 400 Blows Union 13 The Vice Principals

BEST RAP/HIP-HOP ARTIST

Aceyalone AWOL One Madlib Medusa & Feline Science Tha Liks

BEST JAZZ ARTIST

Brad Mehldau Billy Childs Dwight Trible Teddy Edwards Wadada Leo Smith

BEST COUNTRY ARTIST

Dave Alvin Kathy Robertson Chris Gaffney Brantley Kearns Lance Cosgrove

BEST CONTEMPORARY BLUES/ R&B ARTIST

Macy Gray Jill Scott Kim Hill Café R&B Shawn Amos

BEST SALSA/LATIN ARTIST

East L.A. Sabor Factory Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca Poncho Sanchez La India Meliyara Rudy Regalado & Chevere

BEST INSTRUMENTAL BAND

Languis W.A.C.O. Banyan Dakah Breakestra

BEST NEW-GENRE/ UNCATEGORIZABLE ARTIST

G.E. Stinson Xu Xu Fang Kraig Grady The Centimeters Rod Poole  

JAZZ EMINENCE AWARD

Benny Carter Teddy Edwards Horace Silver James Newton Bobby Bradford

POP/ROCK LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Captain Beefheart

 

BEST WORLD MUSIC/ RECOMBINANT ARTIST

Remi Kabaka Huayucaltia Very Be Careful Axiom of Choice Adam Rudolph

BEST DJ (MIXMEISTER)

Cut Chemist Numark DJ Jun DJ Dusk Marques Wyatt

BEST DJ (SELECTOR)

DJ Nobody Tony Powell DJ Daz Daddy Kev Garth Trinidad

BEST RADIO SHOW

Chocolate City — KCRW Alma del Barrio — KXLU Metropolis — KCRW Rodney on the ROQ — KROQ Blues Hotel — KXLU

BEST ROCK/POP SONGWRITER/COMPOSER

Beck John Frusciante Mia Doi Todd Perry Ferrell Moris Tepper

BEST DANCE MUSIC ARTIST

DJ Keoki David Alvarado Supreme Beings of Leisure Electric Skychurch Christopher Lawrence

OUTSTANDING CLASSICAL ENSEMBLE/ARTIST

L.A. Philharmonic Long Beach Opera Xtet L.A. Chamber Orchestra Angeles Quartet


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