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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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