Third Annual Groovevolt.com Music & Fashion Awards Nominations Announced?

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Mariah Carey Leads With Six Nominations. Common, Kanye West, Gwen Stefani Capture Five Nods. Kelly Clarkson, Destiny’s Child, Fantasia, John Legend, Shakira, Toni Braxton Receive Four Nominations.

Mariah Carey’s magical comeback year continues as the singer topped the list of nominees for the Third Annual GV Music & Fashion Awards, leading the way with six nods. Carey leads a slew of R&B and Hip-Hop stars who dominated the nomination list this year.

Groovevolt.com, one of the Internet's leading music sites, announced the nominees Tuesday for its Second Annual GV Music & Fashion Awards. Voting for the awards will take place at Groovevolt.com beginning December 20, 2005 and the winners will be announced on February 4, 2005.

One hundred twenty-five artists were nominated for at least one award, with Carey leading the way. She received nods for Album of the Year and Best Pop Album – Female (The Emancipation of Mimi), Song of the Year and Best Song Performance – Female R&B/Soul and Female Pop (“We Belong Together”), and Best Deep Cut – Pop (“Circles”). A complete list of nominees can be found at Groovevolt.com.

"Few would argue that Mariah Carey is one of the best stories of the year. Like a phoenix from the ashes, Mariah ignored the so-called haters while her career rose to a new level." Groovevolt.com Editor-in-Chief Chauncy Jackson said, adding "With L.A. Reid’s guidance, Carey released a superb album which benefited from an even more successful marketing plan."

Noteworthy in this year’s list of nominees is the fact that R&B and Hip-Hop artists ruled the roost. In addition to Carey’s six nominations, the underrated Common received five nominations, as did Kanye West and Gwen Stefani. Kelly Clarkson, Destiny’s Child, American Idol contestant Fantasia, John Legend, Shakira, and Toni Braxton each took home four nominations. “The depth of the R&B and Hip-Hop communities is sometimes taken for granted but the results of this year’s nominations clearly proves just how many talented artists are working in the business today,” Jackson said.

Pop and rock were not forgotten. Gwen Stefani and Green Day each took home three nominations as well and U.K. import James Blunt also received a Song of The Year nod for, “You’re Beautiful.” "Blunt’s noticable impact on a jaded music public has been one of many welcome surprises this year," Managing Editor Roy Opochinski said. "Rock music acquitted itself well with wonderful releases from Social Distortion, Sufjan Stevens, and Nada Surf, and stunning tours from U2, Bright Eyes, and Bruce Springsteen, among others."

Music fans who log onto Groovevolt.com from December 20, 2005 to January 27, 2006, will be able to vote, in nearly 30 categories, for their favorite rock, hip-hop, and pop artists, as well as for their favorite movie soundtrack, deep cuts, and most fashionable artist. "For all the cries of doom and gloom from the record companies, the industry been remarkably resilient this year, with a strong mix of new artists and established acts.” Jackson said. "This year’s collection of nominees is the strongest yet."

Nominees were chosen from artists whose albums were released from September 1, 2004 to September 30, 2005. Singles released during that time period are eligible, even if the albums from which the song came were not yet released.

Groovevolt.com is one of the leading music and lifestyle sites on the Internet, with more than 12 million page views and more than 900,000 unique users each month.

Groovevolt.com's parent company, Morei Media Group Inc., plans to announce an expansion of its corporation in early 2006.

For a full list of nominations visit: http://www.groovevolt.com/vote

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