Fatboy Slim & Daft Punk Lead DanceStar Nominations
Big beat producer Fatboy Slim and French house pioneers Daft Punk lead the DanceStar 2001 - Tiscali World Dance Music Awards nominations with five each.Big beat producer Fatboy Slim and French house pioneers Daft Punk lead the DanceStar 2001 - Tiscali World Dance Music Awards nominations with five each. Slim (real name: Norman Cook) is up for best club DJ, album of the year for "Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars" (Skint/Astralwerks), best breakbeat/eclectic act, best video for "Demons" featuring Macy Gray, and DanceStar of the year.
Daft Punk will compete for the title of best house act, album of the year and worldwide record of the year for "Discovery" (Virgin), MTV Dance best video for "One More Time," and best chart act.
Other multiple nominees include dance diva Sonique and Positiva act Spiller featuring Sophie Ellis Bextor, who each appear in four categories, and German producer/DJ Timo Maas, who appears in three.
Hosted by Scottish TV presenter Gail Porter, U.K. DJ Brandon Block, and U.S. DJ/producer Erick Morillo, the awards will be handed out June 6 at London's Alexandra Palace. Already confirmed to perform are Faithless, Jakatta (aka Joey Negro), and Go! Beat's biggest U.K. garage success story, the Architects. The show will be taped for broadcast two days later on Channel 4.
The DanceStar awards recognize the impact of dance music worldwide. Nominees are selected by an industry academy of 2,000 members from the U.K., U.S., France, Germany, Italy, and Holland, with winners in most categories decided by public vote via the event's official Web site.
More than 2,000 people attended last year's inaugural DanceStar ceremony, where performers included Moby, Chicane featuring Bryan Adams, and Artful Dodger. The voting site logged more than 250,000 votes; this year's target is 1 million.