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Album of The Year – Gorillaz – “Plastic Beach”

Best Live Album Of Year (full length) – (Tie) Feist – “Look At What The Light Did Now” / Kanye West – “VH1 Storytellers”

Sophomore Album Of The Year – Corinne Bailey Rae – “The Sea”

Best Mixtape Of Year – Major Lazer & La Roux – “Lazerproof”

Best Compilation Album – Nora Jones “…Featuring”

Single of The Year (Tie) – Massive Attack – “Paradise Circus” / Sia “My Love”

Artist Of the Year – Kanye West – G.O.O.D. Fridays / “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy”

Put On Artist Of The Year – Andy Allo (although released in 2009, I have introduced here music to quite a few friends)

Lyric Of The Year – “Hard to be humble/When you stuntin’ on the Jumbotron” – “Devil In A New Dress”

Verse Of The Year – N-E-R-D – “Hypnotize U”

Soundtrack Appearance Of The Year – Zaki Ibrahim – “Ansomnia”
Zaki – Ansomnia by Ophiona

Discovery Artist Of The Year – Bon Iver

Karaoke Song Of Year – Pearl Jam – “Black”

Music Related Book Of Year – Jay-Z – “Decoded”

Discovery Album Of The Year – Broken Bells (Danger Mouse of Grey Album and Gnarls Barkley fame and James Mercer of the Shins) – “Broken Bells”

Favorite Artist I Slept On This Year (Twice) – Massive Attack “Heligoland” / “Heligoland Remix EP”

Starbucks / iTunes Free Download Of The Year – (Tie) Holly Miranda – “Waves” / Holly Conlon “ You Are Goodbye” (2008)

Artist Most Worthy Of Purchasing Physical Album – Andy Allo – “ Unfresh” (2009)

Top Played Songs of Year (2010 Releases) – Sia – “My Love” (307 iTunes/iPod plays),
Diddy-Dirty Money – “Yesterday” (205 iTunes/iPod plays),
Massive Attack – “Paradise Circus” (200 iTunes/iPod plays),
Feist/Grizzly Bear – “Service Bell” (119 iTunes/iPod plays),
Sia – “I’m In Here” (86 iTunes/iPod plays)
Kanye West feat Jay-Z/Swizz Beats – “Power remix” (85 iTunes/iPod plays),
Kanye West feat Bon Iver – Lost InThe World” (83 iTunes/iPod plays)
Kanye West feat Jay-Z/Bon Iver/etc. – “Monster” (82 iTunes/iPod plays)
Alicia Keys feat Drake – “Un-Thinkable remix” (73 iTunes/iPod plays)
Kanye West – “All Of The Lights” (60 iTunes/iPod plays)
Drake feat The-Dream – “Shut It Down (unreleased version)” (54 iTunes/iPod plays)
Major Lazer x La Roux – “Cover My Eyes (Costra Nostra Edit)” (45 iTunes/iPod plays)
Big Boi feat Janelle Monae – “Be Still” (44 iTunes/iPod plays)
Peter Silberman of the Antlers – “Waves (Holly Miranda cover” (42 iTunes/iPod plays)

Best Live Show Of The Year (Arena) – Jill Scott opening for Maxwell’s 2010 Tour. Maxwell was outshined by his performance in the 2009 version of the show.

Best Live Show Of The Year (Club/Bar/etc.) – Joi Gilliam (various times at Pal’s Lounge)

Best Festival Of Year – ONE Musicfest (De La Soul / Common / Joi Gilliam / Goapele / etc.)

Best Cover of Year (Studio) – Civil Twilight – “Teardrop (Massive Attack cover)”

Best Live Cover Of Year – Joi Gilliam covering Sade Adu’s “Cherish The Day”

Best Instrumental Of Year – Feist – “Intuition”

Best Artist I Was Put On To By Friend Of Year (MW) – Black Keys (I had heard of them, but never spent effort to listen to them other than their 2009 Blakroc project.) Now I have their entire catalogue less one album.

Missing Artist(s) Of Year – Esthero, Citizen Cope protégé Alice Smith,

Best TV Show Artist/Song Discovery – Phoenix – “Rome (Neighbours with Devendra Banhart remix)

Best “Commercial Ad Campaign” Artist/Song Discovery – Lincoln’s car campaign, Cat Power – “Space Oddity (cover),” Sia – “Under the Milky Way (cover),” Massive Attack – “Paradise Circus (Gui Boratto remix)”

Best Television Program(s) For New Music – House, How To Make It In America

The manuscript Blue Lines is the fictional coming of age narrative of a young California woman Key Yemaya Walker, and her 2 year growing journey through school, love, and life period piece, written by Kenneth Suffern, Jr., taking place at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill between the years of 1997 – 1998. Loosely based on true events, and experiences during that time, told through the eyes and voice of the main female protagonist, a freshman first attending the school.

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