NASHVILLE, TN. (XM Satellite Radio) - XM Satellite Radio, the nation's leading satellite radio provider, unveiled the winners of the 2005 XM Nation Awards this morning. Keith Urban, Sugarland, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, and Garth Brooks
were all top vote getters in their respective categories.
Keith Urban took home two awards, Country Artist of the Year, in addition to being named the Artist We'd Most Like to See Cross Over to Films. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill were winners in the all-genre Favorite Musical Couple category, while Sugarland was named Best New Country Artist. Garth Brooks beat out Mariah Carey and Nirvana for the 90's Icon Award.
A complete list of nominees, winners and voting results is available online at awards.xmradio.com GWEN STEFANI, MARIAH CAREY, KEITH URBAN, RYAN ADAMS, M.I.A., FALL OUT BOY AND OTHERS RECEIVE TOP HONORS FROM XM SATELLITE RADIO'S FIRST ANNUAL XM NATION MUSIC AWARDS
Fans Cast Nearly 1.4 Million Votes For Awards that Kick off a Full Week of Music Industry Awards and Nominations
Washington, D.C., December 5, 2005 – XM Satellite Radio (NASDAQ: XMSR), the nation's leading satellite radio service with more than 5 million subscribers, today announced the winners of the first annual XM Nation Music Awards. Nearly 1.4 million votes were cast by music fans nationwide for nominated artists and categories selected by XM's programming staff in categories range from 'Best Pop Sing-A-Long' to 'Dream Duet' to 'Artist Most Overlooked By FM Radio.'
Some of the winners include:
Award Category Winners
'XM Next' - Most Important Indie Emerging Artist M.I.A.
'On the Rise' - Most Important Mainstream Emerging Artist Fall Out Boy
'On the Rebound' - Best Comeback of the Year Mariah Carey
'Déjà vu' - Best Cover Song by an Established Artist 'Listen to Your Heart'/D.H.T. (Roxette)
'The Single Life Is Good' – Best Solo Career Gwen Stefani
'Dream Duet' – Artist Collaborations We'd Like to See Shakira and Usher
'Dashboard Anthem' - Best Pop Sing-Along Song of 2005 Since U Been Gone/ Kelly Clarkson
'Turn Up the Heat' - Sexiest Song *censored*cat Dolls (feat. Busta Rhymes)/ Don't Cha
'Solid as a Rock' – Favorite Music Couple Faith Hill & Tim McGraw
'So You Wanna Be a Movie Star?' - Artists We'd Like to See Crossover to Films Keith Urban
'Where's My Lighter?' – Most Likely to Have Another 'Final' Tour Cher
'Under the Radar' - Artist Most Overlooked by FM Radio Ryan Adams '
On the Brink' - Best Unsigned Artist Last Conservative
'XM Now' – Most Important Established Artist U2
'This year's XM Nation Award winners really reflect the diversity among the music universe that XM brings to music fans,' said Eric Logan, XM's executive vice president of programming. 'The goal of the XM Nation Music Awards is to honor some of today's most talented and interesting musicians. We have stuck a chord with music fans across the country by giving them the opportunity to show support for the artists they love.'
The awards highlighted unusual face-offs between some of the industry's biggest names including: Shakira and Usher beating out Britney Spears and Snoop Dog for 'Dream Duets,' Ryan Adams defeating Sigur Ros and Bright Eyes for 'Artist Most Overlooked by FM Radio,' Faith Hill and Tim McGraw edging out Hillary Duff and Joel Maddon and Beyonce and Jay Z for 'Favorite Music Couple,' and U2 triumphing over Green Day and Kanye West for 'XM Now – Most Important Established Artist.'
The XM Nation Music Awards set a precedent for a week of music awards and nominations, allowing music fans to be engaged in the voting process and giving them the opportunity to directly recognize and celebrate their favorite musicians. With such a high level of participation from both XM subscribers and dedicated music fans, XM plans to host the awards annually.
A complete list of winners is available at http://awards.xmradio.com.