THE WB RADIO MUSIC AWARDS airs tomorrow with live performances spanning the entire contemporary music spectrum

October 27, 1999

From legendary rocker David Bowie to Hip-hop phenomenon Kid Rock, Pop bands Sugar Ray, Smash Mouth and 'N Sync, Rappers Naughty By Nature and Warren G and country superstars Garth Brooks and Faith Hill

Tomorrow marks a landmark day in the history of The WB with the network's first big-event, perennial special, THE WB RADIO MUSIC AWARDS, broadcast live from the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas on October 28 (8:00-10:00 p.m. ET).

The phenomenal line-up, highlighted by a live performance by Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famer and first Legend Award recipient David Bowie, will feature performances by today's hottest musical acts across many popular genres, including:

David Bowie - With a career that has crossed many genres and spanned four decades, the visionary rocker will be presented with the first-ever Legend Award and inducted into The WB Radio Music Awards Hall of Fame. Classic albums include The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars, Young Americans, ChangesOneBowie and Let's Dance.

Kid Rock - With a raucous hybrid sound of hardcore and hip-hop in hit singles like "Bawitdaba" and "Cowboy," Kid Rock's high-energy sonic assault made his blockbuster album Devil Without a Cause surpass the triple-platinum mark and land in the top 10 on the Billboard 200 pop chart for the past 41 weeks.

Sugar Ray - Led by front man Mark McGrath, this Southern California quintet went double platinum with Floored and the smash hit singles "Every Morning" and "Fly," which held the #1 position on the Billboard "Hot 100 Airplay" chart for six consecutive weeks. Their latest album is titled 14:59.

Garth Brooks - Grammy Award winner Garth Brooks is one of the most pivotal figures in country music today, bringing country music into the realm of arena rock with megahits such as "Friends in Low Places," "The Thunder Rolls" and "The Dance." Albums No Fences and Ropin' the Wind are the top two best-selling country albums of all time, and No Fences is tied as the best-selling album of the '90s. His most recent release, In the Life of Chris Gaines, shows a new side of the artist.

'N Sync - Harmonizing pop quintet 'N Sync's self-titled debut album has racked up platinum sales figures seven times over with hit singles "God Must Have Spent a Little More Time on You," which is nominated for Best Hook-Up Song, "I Want You Back" and "Tearing Up My Heart."

Naughty By Nature - The two-time Grammy Award-winning trio has delivered some of hip hop's most memorable hits, such as the now classic multi-platinum "O.P.P." and the million-selling anthem "Hip Hop Hooray." Their most recent album, Nineteen Naughty Nine: Nature's Fury, made its debut at #7 on the Billboard Top Rap Album Chart with the hit single "Jamboree."

Faith Hill - Country superstar Faith Hill has garnered seven #1 singles, including smash hits such as "The Wild One," "Piece of My Heart," "The Kiss" and "The Secret of Life." Her 1998 release Faith has been certified triple platinum, and is the third installment in a trilogy of successful albums, including triple platinum It Matters To Me and Take Me As I Am, her double-platinum debut.

Smash Mouth - Fusing surf and ska with garage and punk, vocalist Steve Harwell and his bandmates' debut album Fush Yu Mang, with hit singles "Walkin' On The Sun," "All Star" and a cover of War's "Why Can't We Be Friends," broke through the top 20 and racked up double-platinum sales. Their latest album, Astro Lounge, features the hot single "Can't Get Enough of You Baby" and entered the Top 5 of Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks within a month.

Warren G - Rapper Warren G's 1994 album Regulate - G-Funk Era generated quadruple-platinum sales. His second release, Take A Look Over Your Shoulder (Reality) is highlighted by an updated version of the Bob Marley classic "I Shot the Sheriff." He is also the brother of the legendary Dr. Dre.

Also set to appear in the broadcast are musical acts - Christina Aguilera ("Genie in the Bottle"), Lou Bega ("Mambo No. 5"), Luscious Jackson ("Naked Eye"), 98° ("Because of You"), Edwin McCain ("I'll Be"), Robbie Williams ("Millennium"), Jo Dee Messina ("Stand Beside Me"), Julio Iglesias Jr. ("One More Chance"), B*Witched ("C'est La Vie"), Vitamin C ("Smile"), Ginuwine ("Pony") and Kenny Chesney ("How Forever Feels").

Additional star appearances include - Joshua Jackson ("Dawson's Creek"), David Cassidy ("The Partridge Family"), David Boreanaz ("Angel"), Tom Green ("The Tom Green Show"), Garcelle Beauvais ("The Jamie Foxx Show"), Carson Daly ("Total Request Live"), Jason Behr ("Roswell"), Adam Carolla & Jimmy Kimmel ("The Man Show"), Leslie Bibb & Carly Pope ("Popular"), Rick Dees ("The Rick Dees Weekly Top Forty") as well as top deejays from cities across the country.

THE WB RADIO MUSIC AWARDS honors music's hottest performers and the nation's top on-air radio personalities. The first true testament to the powerful impact radio has on the success of a musical act, awards will be presented by radio air personalities and today's hottest recording artists and stars to the winners in several categories including "Pop Song of the Year," "Country Artist of the Year," "Alternative Artist of the Year," "Hip Hop/R&B Artist of the Year," "Air Personality of the Year," and non-traditional categories such as "Best Car Jam," "Best Hook-Up Song" and the artist "Parents Just Don't Understand." A complete list of nominees follows this release.

Nominations were based upon radio airplay as determined by Mediabase, the medium's leading source for tracking airplay. The WB Radio Music Awards Academy is comprised of 400 radio programmers in various formats from the top radio markets, and they will select the winners.

THE WB RADIO MUSIC AWARDS is being produced by Tall Pony Productions. The executive producers are Anthony Eaton, three-time Grammy winner in the long-form video category; Paul Joseph, executive producer and co-creator of "Rick Dees Weekly Top 40"; and Von Freeman, Director of Marketing, Clear Channel Communications-Los Angeles.

NOMINEES FOR "THE WB RADIO MUSIC AWARDS"

SONG OF THE YEAR: RHYTHM/URBAN
"Doo Wop (That Thing)" - Lauryn Hill
"Nobody's Supposed to be Here" - Deborah Cox
"Can I Get A ..." - Jay-Z
"No Scrubs" - TLC
"These are the Things" - Dru Hill
"Have You Ever" - Brandy

SONG OF THE YEAR: COUNTRY/YOUNG COUNTRY
"Wide Open Spaces" - Dixie Chicks
"Amazed" - Lonestar
"I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" - Mark Chesnutt
"Stand Beside Me" - Jo Dee Messina
"How Forever Feels" - Kenny Chesney
"Please Remember Me" - Tim McGraw

SONG OF THE YEAR: ALTERNATIVE/ACTIVE ROCK
"Fly Away" - Lenny Kravitz
"Turn the Page" - Metallica
"Never There" - Cake
"What It's Like" - Everlast
"One" - Creed
"Every Morning" - Sugar Ray

SONG OF THE YEAR: CONTEMPORARY HIT RADIO/HOT ADULT CONTEMPORARY>
"Lullaby" - Shawn Mullins
"One Week" - Barenaked Ladies
"Iris" - The Goo Goo Dolls
"Every Morning" - Sugar Ray
"Angel" - Sarah McLachlan
"Baby One More Time" - Britney Spears

ARTIST OF THE YEAR: RHYTHM/URBAN
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Destiny's Child
Ginuwine
Lauryn Hill
Jay-Z
TLC

ARTIST OF THE YEAR: COUNTRY/YOUNG COUNTRY
Dixie Chicks
Jo Dee MessinaShania Twain
Kenny Chesney
George Strait
Lonestar

ARTIST OF THE YEAR: ALTERNATIVE/ACTIVE ROCK
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Blink 182
Godsmack
Rob Zombie
Offspring
Smash Mouth

ARTIST OF THE YEAR: CONTEMPORARY HIT RADIO/HOT ADULT CONTEMPORARY
Ricky Martin
Backstreet Boys
Smash Mouth
Sugar Ray
Sarah McLachlan
The Goo Goo Dolls

AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR
Kid Kraddick, KHKS/Dallas
Rick Dees, KIIS/Los Angeles
Kevin & Bean, KROQ/Los Angeles
Howard Stern, WXRK/New York
The Dog House. KYDL/San Francisco
Gerry House, WSIX/Nashville
Mancow, WKXQ/Chicago
MJ Kelli & BJ Harris, WFLZ/Tampa

BEST CAR JAM
"Fly Away" - Lenny Kravitz
"Wild Wild West" - Will Smith with Dru Hill & Kool Mo Dee
"Because of You" - 98°
"Can I Get A ..." - Jay-Z
"How Forever Feels" - Kenny Chesney

BEST HOOK-UP SONG
"I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" - Mark Chesnutt
"Have You Ever" - Brandy
"I'll Never Break Your Heart" - Backstreet Boys
"I'll Be" - Edwin McCain
"God Must Have Spent a Little More Time on You" - 'N Sync

PARENTS JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND
Kid Rock
Marilyn Manson
Insane Clown Posse
KoRn
Rob Zombie
Limp Bizkit

Contact Info:

Patty Triplett (818) 977-6009 5025