The Crystal Method and German DJ/producer Paul Van Dyk, with three awards each, were the top winners last night (March 9) at the third annual DanceStar USA awards show, held at Miami's Bayfront Park A
The Crystal Method and German DJ/producer Paul Van Dyk, with three awards each, were the top winners last night (March 9) at the third annual DanceStar USA awards show, held at Miami's Bayfront Park Amphitheater. Moby, Felix da Housecat and Deep Dish took home two trophies each, while British DJ Paul Oakenfold picked up a special award for gold sales of his London/Sire beat-mixed set, "Perfecto Presents Another World."
Southern California's Crystal Method -- Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland -- won in the best U.S. act, best album ("Legion of Boom") and best single ("Born too Slow") categories. Van Dyk received top honors in the best international DJ (non U.S. DJs), best use of music in a TV commercial (Motorola) and best U.S. event (SummerStage 2003) categories.
Moby took the honor for outstanding contribution to dance music, speaking out strongly against the Bush administration during his acceptance speech.
Other winners included Madonna (best chart act, U.S. artists), Paris Hilton (best celebrity DJ, U.S. celebrities), the Chemical Brothers (best international act), Audio Bullys (best new artist album), Jason Bentley (best radio DJ, U.S. DJs) and Murk (best producer).
Hosted by Carmen Electra, the show featured live performances by the Crystal Method, JC Chasez, Blue Man Group Featuring Venus Hum and Motorcycle. Perry Farrell, Moby and Van Dyk banded together to open the awards ceremony with an electronic interpretation of Lou Reed's classic "Walk on the Wild Side." Presenters included Hilton, Boy George, Yoko Ono, Dave Navarro and Frankie Knuckles.
Sirius Satellite Radio broadcasted live from the event, featuring interviews with the winners and celebrities. According to event organizers, the award show will be broadcast in 54 countries. All winners were selected by the voting public, who voted on the organization's Web site -- except for the outstanding contribution to dance music award, which was selected by members of DanceStar's dance music academy.