The Source Magazine Announces Nominations for Annual HipHop Awards

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“We are very excited about this year's nominations, and expect this year's awards will be a very special night for the Hip-Hop generation, and the city of Miami,� said David Mays, Founder and CEO of The Source. “The Source is proud to continue its longstanding tradition of honoring, and celebrating the incredible talents and accomplishments of the artists and producers of the Hip-Hop world. We expect many surprise winners, and look forward to having the leaders of Hip-Hop join us at our show," said David Mays. "We are also excited about welcoming our 100,000 fans from across the country who will join us to celebrate many of the weekend's festivities."

Kanye West Leads with 7 nominations; Ludacris has 6

The Source Magazine, the largest magazine devoted to hip-hop music, culture and politics, announced nominees today for their upcoming 7th annual THE SOURCE Hip-Hop Music Awards TV special to be held October 10 in Miami. THE SOURCE Awards is the only televised show for Hip-Hop, the music industry's largest and most influential genre.

"We are very excited about this year's nominations, and expect this year's awards will be a very special night for the Hip-Hop generation, and the city of Miami," said David Mays, Founder and CEO of The Source. "The Source is proud to continue its longstanding tradition of honoring, and celebrating the incredible talents and accomplishments of the artists and producers of the Hip-Hop world. We expect many surprise winners, and look forward to having the leaders of Hip-Hop join us at our show," said David Mays. "We are also excited about welcoming our 100,000 fans from across the country who will join us to celebrate many of the weekend's festivities."

Created by THE SOURCE Magazine in 1991, The Source Awards generates an excitement, energy and anticipation that attracts the broadest array of talent from every corner of the entertainment/pop-culture worlds: athletes, musicians, comedians, actors, politicians, models, etc.Mays, was joined by celebrities, including Ludacris, Fat Joe, Vivica Fox, Lil Jon, NBA star Jalen Rose, Nina Sky, Remy Ma, Lady Saw, DMC, Miri Ben-Ari, Mobb Deep, WWE Wrestler John Cina, and others today to make the following nominations:


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SOLO ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Jay-Z, Ludacris, Lil Flip, Twista, Juvenile

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GROUP ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Youngbloodz, Outkast, Ying Yang Twins, Westside connection, 8Ball & MJG.

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BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Chingy, Kanye West, G-Unit, T.I., Young Gunz.

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SINGLE OF THE YEAR - Solo Artist: "Right Thurr" - Chingy (Producer: The Track Starz), "On Fire" - Lloyd Banks (Producer: Eminem & Kwame), "Stand Up" - Ludacris (Producer: Kanye West & Ludacris), "Game Over'" - Lil Flip (Producer: Rick Fury), "Tipsy" - J Kwon (Producer: The TrackBoyz)

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SINGLE OF THE YEAR - GROUP: "Gangsta Nation" - Westside Connection Producer: Fredwreck), "Can't Stop, Won't Stop" - Young Gunz (Producer: Darrell "Digga" Branch), "The Way You Move" - Outkast (Producer: Carl Mo & Big Boi), "Stunt 101" - G Unit (Producer: Denaun Porter), "Lean Back" -Terror Squad (Producer: Scott Storch).

SINGLE OF THE YEAR - COLLABO: "Damn" - Youngbloodz feat. Lil Jon (Producer: Lil Jon), "Slow Motion" - Juvenile feat. Soulja Slim (Producer: Dani Kartel), "Round Here" - Memphis Bleek feat. Trick Daddy & T.I.(Producer: Just Blaze), "Salt Shaker" - Ying Yang Twinz feat. Lil Jon(Producer: Lil Jon), "Ridin' Spinners" - Three 6 Mafia feat. Lil Flip (Producer: DJ Paul & Juicy J)

R&B/Rap Collabo of the Year: "Hotel" - Cassidy feat. R Kelly (Producer: Swizz Beatz), "Slow Jamz" - Twista feat. Jamie Foxx & Kanye West (Producer: Kanye West), "Yeah" - Usher feat. Lil Jon & Ludacris (Producer: Lil Jon), "Summertime" RMX - Beyoncé feat. Ghostface (Producer: P.Diddy,Mario Winans & Stevie J), "I Don't Wanna Know" - Mario Winans feat. P.Diddy (Producer: Mario Winans)

BEST FEMALE RAP COLLABO: Shawnna - "Dude" RMX by Beenie Man (Producer: Dave Kelly), Eve - "Not Today" by Mary J. Blige (Producer: Dr. Dre),Trina - "Right Thurr" RMX by Chingy (Producer: The Track Starz), Remy Ma - "Lean Back" by Terror Squad (Producer: Scott Storch), Lil Kim - "Naughty Girl" RMX by Beyoncé (Producer: Scott Storch)

FAT TAPE SONG OF THE YEAR: "Run" - Ghostface Killah feat. Jadakiss and Sheek (Producer: Rza), "Snitch N*****s" - Scarface feat. Z-Ro (Producer:Mike Dean), "Clap Back" - Ja Rule (Producer: Scott Storch), "Untouchable" - Untouchables feat. Benzino (Producer: Hangmen 3), "Certified Gangstas" - Jim Jones feat. Cam'ron & The Game (Producer: Bang)

REMIX OF THE YEAR: "Right Thurr" RMX - Chingy feat. Trina & JD (Producer: The Track Starz), "Hell Yeah" RMX - Dead Prez feat. Jay-Z (Producer: Stic,M1 & the downbeat production collective), "Blow It Out" RMX - Ludacris feat. 50 Cent (Producer: R. Browz), "Neva Eva" RMX - Trillville feat.Twista (Producer: Lil Jon & Don P), "Rubberband Man" RMX - T.I. feat. Mack10, Trick Daddy & Twista (Producer: David Banner)

ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Jay-Z - The Black Album (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam), Kanye West - The College Dropout (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam), Twista - Kamikaze (Atlantic), Ludacris - Chicken & Beer (Def Jam South), G-Unit - Beg For Mercy (G Unit/Interscope)


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LYRICIST OF THE YEAR: Jay-Z, Kanye West, Cassidy, Ghostface Killah, T.I.

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DANCEHALL/REGGAE ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Elephant Man, Sizzla, Vybz Kartel,T.O.K., Beenie Man.

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LIVE PERFORMER OF THE YEAR: Ludacris, Wyclef, Kanye West, Ja Rule, David Banner.

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PRODUCER OF THE YEAR: Lil Jon, Kanye West, Just Blaze, Jazze Pha, ScottStorch.

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R&B ARTIST OF THE YEAR - MALE: Usher, R. Kelly, Mario Winans, Carl Thomas, Joe

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R&B ARTIST OF THE YEAR - Female: Alicia Keys, Janet Jackson, Beyoncé, Ashanti, Monica.

VIDEO OF THE YEAR: "Through The Wire" Kanye West (Director: Coodie & Kanye West), "Gangsta Nation" Westside Connection (Director: Dave Meyers), "Untouchable" - Untouchables feat. Lil Jon & Benzino (Director: Benzino & J. Jesses Smith), "It's All Real" - Pitch Black (Director: Vem & Tony), "This Way" - Dilated Peoples (Director: Dave Meyers)

INDEPENDENT ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Pete Rock - Soul Survivor II (bbe/rapster), Bleu Davinci - World Is BMF (BMF Records), Freddie Foxxx - Konexion (bbe/rapster), Soulja Slim - Years Later...A Few Months After (Cut Throat/Koch), Saigon - Warning Shots (Sure Shot).

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Dizzee Rascal -United Kingdom, Tego Calderon - Puerto Rico, IAM - France, Choclair - Canada, Skwatta Kamp - South Africa.

BEST ACTING IN A MOVIE BY A RAPPER: DMX in Never Die Alone (Character:King David), LL Cool J in S.W.A.T. (Character: David "Deke" Kay), Eve in Barbershop 2 (Character: Terri Jones), Ice Cube in Barbershop 2 (Character: Calvin Palmer), Spragga Benz in Shottas (Character: Wayne)

Additional category nominees and details about The Source Awards Weekend will be announced at a forthcoming press conference in Miami.

The Source Awards weekend consists of a celebrity basketball game at the Miami Arena, The Source Youth Foundation's Hip-Hop Image Awards brunch, a series of official artist showcases on Thursday through Saturday nights, The Source Hip-Hop City New Product Expo, The Source Unsigned Hype National Championship MC Battle, a charity golf tournament and the main event-The Source Awards show at the James L. Knight Center.

The Source Awards TV Special airs from 8-10 pm, on Tuesday, November 30 on BET. There is a 30-minute Red Carpet Pre-Show that will air from 7:30-8:00pm on Tuesday, November 30. Corporate sponsors of the weekend include Burger King, Pontiac and Boost Mobile.

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