LAS VEGAS Voting via the Internet impacted two awards best car jam and parents just don’t understand as the WB bowed its Radio Music Awards on Thursday at the Mandalay Bay Resort on the Las Vegas Strip.
The live two-hour kudocast recognized the influence of radio on a recording artist’s career. The event was tinged with a little irony as 11 awards honoring on-air radio personalities and the music biz’s biggest recording artists were presented to a TV audience.
Awardees were determined by a group of 400 radio programmers. The microphone-shaped awards were given out by an eclectic group of musicians, DJs and WB TV stars.
Rock superstar David Bowie took home the top prize, Legend Award and induction into the WB Radio Music Awards Hall of Fame. “I appreciate it (the honor), though I am somewhat dubious about what ‘legend’ exactly is. That I have contributed to the way music has gone, then I am happy to accept that mantle,” Bowie said.
Critical darling Lauryn Hill was crowned queen once again for hip-hip and R&B artist of the year. Other WB winners include alternative artist of the year, Smashmouth; best car jam, “Can I Get a…,” by Jay Z; parents just don’t understand, Limp Bizkit; and air personality of the year, Kid Kraddick of KHKS/Dallas. Goo Goo Dolls’ “Iris” scored pop song of the year, topping “Baby One More Time” by Britney Spears. The country artist of the year was split between the Dixie Chicks and Shania Twain.
The after-party at the House of Blues was open to the public and rocked into the night. Robbie Williams, Smashmouth and Naughty by Nature were among the performers who bobbed by.
Show exec producer Anthony Eaton hopes to make this an annual event.