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Alternative album of the Year: Silversun Pickups – Swoon

Hip-Hop Album of the Year: Mos Def – The Estatic

Best Indie Artist of Year (just dropping songs): Blu

The female artists that you should like because she’s good, not because everybody tells you that you should of the Year (the Joi Gilliam Award): Andy Allo – Unfresh

Mixtape of the year 50 Cent – War Child (better than his album)

Hot Album of the Year that I can’t quantify: Antony and the Johnsons – The Crying Light

Best Video of Year (longform): Kanye West/Spike Jonze “We Were Once A Fairytale”

Going Solo Album of Year: TVoTR’s Kip Malone – Rain Machine

Surprising Sequel to a Classic 90’s Album: Raekwon – Only Built For Cuban Linx Pt II (I can’t even do most Wu-Tang anymore, but they produced a winner here)

Experimental Album of the Year: NASA – The Spirit of Apollo (appearances by ODB, Kanye West, John Fruciante, and Santogold do not hurt) Runner up Basement Jaxx – Scars

Spanish language Album of Year: Nelly Furtado – Mi Plan

Album that “everybody” is “supposed” to love and not criticize of the Year: Jay-Z – BPIII

Guilty pleasure song of year Lil’ Wayne – Prom Queen (Gulity pleasure album the as of yet unrealeased Rebirth)

Best “music” blog (tie): Va$htie (http://www.vashtie.com/blog/) / Kanye blog (http://www.kanyeuniversecity.com/blog/

Most slept on album of the Year: Mr. Hudson – Straight No Chaser (aka 2009’s 808 and Heartbreaks)

Comeback Album of the Year: Maxwell – BLACKsummers’night

Best Insight into a band of the Year: Revel The Masses (http://www.myspace.com/revelthemasses)

Rainy Day/Chilling at House/Writing album of Year: Norah Jones – The Fall

Best concert of Year I didn’t attend: Jay-Z 9/11 Tribute concert at MSG

Concert of the Year: Maxwell/Common/Chrisette Michelle BLACKsummers’night Tour (Runner up Coldplay at Philips Arena)

Musical event of the Year: Death of Michael Jackson

Album of the Year:KiD CuDi – MAN on the MOON: the END of DAY

Artist of the Year: Michael Jackson