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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, they’re super way cheesy, and they don’t prove a dang thing except what a deluded herd of self-important twerps all music critics are. Fine and dandy. Hey, don’t get us started — we know everyone hates critics, we know no one loves us, least of all ourselves . . . Waaahhh!


Anyway, that’s what we’re 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 we’re 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 we’re talking a true embarrassment of riches. Everyone’s a winner for being nominated, of course, and if we didn’t get to you this time, we will.


BEST NEW ARTIST
Beachwood Sparks
Macy Gray
Mia Doi Todd
Nebula
Styles of Beyond
 
BEST ROCK BAND
The BellRays
Buckcherry
Mother Superior
L7
Bluebird
 
BEST HARD ROCK/METAL BAND
Coal Chamber
Motley Crue
Rage Against the Machine
Rollins Band
System of a Down
 
BEST POP/ROCK BAND
Beachwood Sparks
Buck
Eels
The Negro Problem
Wondermints
 
BEST PUNK/HARDCORE BAND
Betty Blowtorch
Excessories
Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs
Texas Terri & the Stiff Ones
The Zeros
 
BEST RAP/HIP-HOP ARTIST
Dr. Dre
Jurassic 5
Kool Keith
Medusa
Ugly Duckling
 
BEST JAZZ ARTIST
James Carney
Alex Cline
Brad Mehldau
Wadada Leo Smith
Dwight Trible
 
BEST COUNTRY ARTIST
Dave Alvin
Chris Gaffney
Brantley Kearns
Kathy Robertson
Rick Shea
 
BEST CONTEMPORARY BLUES/
R&B ARTIST
Cafe R&B
Macy Gray
Ben Harper
Etta James
Dewey Terry
 
BEST SALSA/LATIN ARTIST
Caravana Cubana
Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca
Bobby Rodriguez
Poncho Sanchez
Son Mayor
 
BEST INSTRUMENTAL BAND
Banyan
Breakestra
Destroy All Nels Cline
Double Naught Spy Car
Michael Whitmore Sometet
BEST NEW-GENRE/
UNCATEGORIZABLE ARTIST
Crib
Kraig Grady
Brad Laner/Electric Company
Solid Eye
Azalia Snail
 
JAZZ EMINENCE AWARD
Bobby Bradford
Charlie Haden
Billy Higgins
Don Preston
Wadada Leo Smith
 
POP/ROCK
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
will be presented to Hadda Brooks,
Dick Dale, Arthur Lee and Big Jay McNeely
 
BEST WORLD MUSIC/
RECOMBINANT ARTIST

Ricardo Lemvo
Ozomatli
Prince Eyango
Quetzal
Adam Rudolph
 
BEST DJ (Mixmeister)
Babu
Cut Chemist
DJ Jun
Numark
DJ Higher
 
BEST DJ (Selector)
Jason Bentley
Joseph Brooks
DJ Daz
Al Jackson
Mike Messex
 
BEST RADIO SHOW
Alma del Barrio (KXLU)
Garth Trinidad’s Chocolate City (KCRW)
Molotov Cocktail Hour (KXLU)
Bill Gardner’s Rhapsody in Black (KPFK)
Mark Torres’ Travel Tips for Aztlan (KPFK)
 
BEST ROCK/POP
SONGWRITER/COMPOSER
Beck
Jon Brion
Eleni Mandell
Aimee Mann
Mike Ness
 
BEST DANCE MUSIC ARTIST
OO Soul
Fishbone
Christopher Lawrence
Doc Martin
George Sarah
 
OUTSTANDING CLASSICAL
ENSEMBLE/ARTIST
Eastside Sinfonietta
Miguel Harth-Bedoya
L.A. Chamber Orchestra/Jeffrey Kahane
L.A. Philharmonic’s 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:

LA Weekly