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2010 OUTMusic Awards nominees announced

(This post was originally published at GLAAD Blog)

On Dec. 1, the annual OUTmusic Awards will celebrate 20 years of music history in the heart of Times Square.

This year’s nominees reflect a diversity of rising and established artists all working together to promote equality through music.

The event will be hosted by comedians Julie Goldman and Jonny McGovern with co-host comedian Tammy Peay and will feature a special appearance by Dr. Carol Channing.

The award ceremony will take place on World AIDS Day at The Town Hall in New York City.

This year’s honorees include Melissa Etheridge – Lifetime Achievement Award; Sheryl Lee Ralph – Pillar Award; Wayne Besen – Visionary Award; Chely Wright – Vanguard Award; international disco icon SYLVESTER – OUTmusic Icon Award; Cyndi Lauper – Person of the Year Award; Randy Jones of the Village People Cowboy – Heritage Award; and 2005 Kennedy Center ‘Women In Music’ Honoree Paula ‘Sticks’ Hampton – The OUTMusic Living Legend Award.

“I’m so very proud to continue the 20 years of the organization in recognizing the best and the brightest in the LGBTQ music community and spotlight the quintessential group of LGBTQ music makers that work so hard to highlight their talent in an industry that often overlooks us,” said Diedra Meredith, chairwoman of the board of directors for the LGBT Academy of Recording Arts (LARA) home of the OUTMUSIC Awards.

LARA also announced the launch of its Sponsor a Young Person initiative, a series of public service announcements featuring Melissa Etheridge, Carol Channing, Bishop Gene Robinson, Chely Wright, Tammy Peay, Tony Sweet, Yetta Kurland, Calpernia Adams, Kamora Herrington, Shangela of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Julie Goldman, Jonny McGovern, the cast of Drama Queenz, Deepa Soul, Momma and Melange Lavonne among others. The initiative aims at raising awareness around the HIV/AIDS epidemic among 13 to 25 year-olds.

Categories and Nominees include:

OUTstanding Rock Song

Christine Martucci, Ocean Ave

Dylan Rice , Homewrecker’s Lament

Ariel  Aparicio, People Who Died

Melissa Li & The Barely Theirs, The Beginning

Hunter Valentine, Revenge

OUTstanding Pop Song

Matthew David, Masquerade

Avi Wisnia New Year

Rachael Sage Big Star

Jen Urban & the Box, 21

Chad D, Life Is A Ride

OUTstanding Rap Song

INFINITE ft baron Why U Hate Me

I.K.P. (The Infamous King of Positivity) Let It B. Known

Foxxjazell Ride or Die Boy (Pride remix)

Tim’m West Fly-Brotha

Chad D -Human Link

OUTstanding R&B Song

Tyrangem - Human Beings

Nhojj – The Gay Warrior Song

Marck Angel – Go Baby Go (Remix) – ft. Bry’Nt & Kaoz

Kalup Linzy presents  -In My Head aka Techno Rumba

Jesse O – All That I Can Say

OUTstanding DANCE Song

Chadwick – Intoxicated

Lori Michaels – REBOUND

Jen Urban & the Box – 21

Killian Wells – V.I.P.

Jonathan Luke – Joy Toy (Twisted Dee Remix

OUTstanding Folk/Country

Jill Knight – Don’t make me cry

Justin Utley – Stand For Something

Backseat Bordello – Drag Me

Christine Havrilla -  Waiting

Fall Away – Stillness (Title Track in feature film)

OUTstanding Jazz

Terese Genecco – I Ain’t Got Nobody

Shaynee Rainbolt – I Only Have Eyes For You

Avi Wisnia – The Back of Your Hand

OUTstanding Song on a Soundtrack

Fall Away – The Humiliation

Fall Away – The Walk

Fall Away – Jakes Misery

Mark Barnes – Alive – Summer

Christian Andreason – Exiting Eden

OUTstnading Male Chorus

Heartland Men’s Chorus – We Shall Overcome

Boston Gay Men’s Chorus – A Love That Will Never Grow Old

OUTstanding Spiritual

Christine Havrilla  – Take Me to the River

Gary Floyd – Behold

Ray Boltz – I Will Choose To Love

Lindsey Kane – You’ll Be Whole

Heartland Men’s Chorus-I Will Stand With You

OUTstanding Comedy

Vontanner – Tranny Angel

Paul James Frantz – Think of What Could Happen

OUTstanding International Song

Matthew David – Masquerade

Mark Barnes – Aztec Calling

Kid Akimbo – Disco Berimbau (Riera Remix)

OUTstanding Producer

TwinkleU – Make Up Your Mind

Kid Akimbo – Fun Boyz

Rachael Sage – Hope’s Outpost

Brian Kent – I’ll Find A Way

OUTstanding Songwriter of the Year

Justin Utley -Stand For Something

Ray Boltz – Don’t Tell Me Who To Love

Christine Martucci – Child Inside

Rachael Sage  – Hope’s Outpost

Nhojj – The Gay Warrior Song

OUTstanding Single of the Year

Sonia of Disappear Fear – Who I Am

Brian Kent – I’ll Find A Way

Ray Boltz – Don’t Tell Me Who To Love

Justin Utley – Stand For Something

Terese Genecco – If I Was A Boy

OUTstanding Love Song of the Year

Terese Genecco – If I Was A Boy

Gary Floyd – Love Of My Life

Phil Putnam – Paris

Ray Boltz – You Came To Me

Phyllis A Travis – Troubador of Woes (Oh Peggy, My Love)

OUTstanding OUTmusician

Melange Lavonne – Gay Parenting “I’ve Got You”

Linq – Oh Bully

Heartland Men’s Chorus – MLK

Justin Utley -Stand For Something

Ray Boltz – Swimming Hole

OUTstanding Video of the Year

Hunter Valentine  -  Revenge

Athena Reich – The Logical Song

Rachael Sage – Big Star

Avi Wisnia – Rabbit Hole

Melange Lavonne – Gay Marriage

OUTstanding Album of the Year

Hunter Valentine -The Stalker Lessons From the Late Night

Heartland Men’s Chorus – MLK Freedom

Ray Boltz – True True

Rachael Sage – Hope’s Outpost Delancey Street

Gary Floyd – Behold The Gospel of Zen

Sonicbids OUTMUSIC Awards Humanitarian Songwriter of the Year:

Backstreet Bordello – “Rise Up”

Candice Anitra – “We Are Love”

Van Rissegham – “Run and Hide”

Silvina – “No Se Porque”

For more information, visit: http://www.outmusic.com/awards.html

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