Eminem and Outkast lead the nominees for the third Source Hip-Hop Music Awards with five each and will go head-to-head for album, single, artist, and video of the year honors. LL Cool J will receive the lifetime achievement award at the ceremony, to be held Aug. 20 in Miami. Last year’s ceremony in Los Angeles was cut short after a melee broke out in the audience.
David Mays, founder of The Source magazine, says tickets will be distributed by invitation only, and the audience will be cut by approximately 1,500 people. Source officials also have asked the Fruit of Islam security firm, affiliated with the Nation of Islam, to provide security. The awards will be broadcast on UPN on Aug. 28, with director Hype Williams acting as the show’s creative director.
Other multiple nominees include Jay-Z and newcomer Nelly with three, and Mystikal and M.O.P. with two. The nominations are dominated by male artists, with only Eve, Trina, Lil’ Kim, and Jill Scott representing the female contingent. The latter received nods in the ceremony’s sole R&B category, where she’ll go up against R. Kelly, Carl Thomas, and Joe for artist of the year.
The awards’ two most nominated artists are nearly polar opposites. Eminem’s Web/Aftermath/Interscope album, “The Marshall Mathers LP,” was last year’s most controversial rap release, while Outkast’s “Stankonia” (LaFace/Arista) was one of the year’s most critically acclaimed albums.
“The Marshall Mathers LP” debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 a little more than a year ago, selling 1.76 million units in its first week. “Stankonia” debuted at No. 2 last November. The two are competing against M.O.P., Nelly, and Jay-Z for album of the year.
Eminem cohort Dr. Dre received a nod in the producer of the year category, where he’ll compete against the Neptunes (Mystikal), Rockwilder (Jay-Z), Mannie Fresh (Lil’ Wayne), and Timbaland, who’s best known for his work with Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott.
As for LL Cool J, he’s had one of the longest, most successful careers in a field not generally noted for longevity. His most recent Def Jam release, last year’s “G.O.A.T. Featuring James T. Smith: The Greatest of All Time,” may not have put up Eminem or Outkast-type numbers, but did debut at No. 1 and has moved a respectable 791,000 units in the U.S., according to SoundScan.
Here are the Source Hip-Hop Music Awards 2001 nominees:
Album of the year:
Eminem, “The Marshall Mathers LP” (Web/Aftermath/Interscope)
Outkast, “Stankonia” (LaFace/Arista)
Nelly, “Country Grammar” (Fo’ Reel/Universal)
Jay-Z, “The Dynasty: Roc La Familia” (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam)
M.O.P., “Wariorz” (Relativity)
Single of the year:
Ja Rule, “Put it On Me”
Mystikal, “Shake Ya Ass”
Outkast, “Ms. Jackson”
Nelly, “Country Grammar”
Ludacris, “Southern Hospitality”
Artist of the year, solo:
Artist of the year, group:
Three 6 Mafia
Cash Money Millionaires
Lil’ Bow Wow
Producer of the year:
R&B Artist of the year:
Video of the year:
Outkast, “B.O.B.” (Director: Dave Meyers)
Eminem, “Stan” (Director: Philip Atwell and Dr. Dre)
Snoop Dogg, “Snoop Dogg” (Director: Chris Robinson)
De La Soul, “Ooh” (Director: Jeff Richter)
Lil’ Kim featuring Sisqo, “How Many Licks” (Director: Francis Lawrence)
Lyricist of the year:
Live Performer of the year:
Lifetime Achievement Award:
LL Cool J
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