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Source Owners Announce Plans For 2003 Awards Show

Source

co-owners Dave Mays and Ray "Benzino" Scott announced their plans

for the 2003 Source Awards at a press conference today in New York.

"We

get side swiped at these other awards shows and disrespected and used and exploited,"

founder and co-owner Dave Mays told AllHipHop.com. "This is a show where

there is really honor and respect of the true culture, the creativity, all the

artists in hip- hop and for the fans to show them this is what we stand for,

so its great. "

The

awards show, which take place in Miami, Florida, will take place in October

and will air on November 11 on BET, a departure from their old television partner,

UPN.

At

this years awards 30 of the pioneers of the genre will be honored. Mays said

an official announcement would be announced in the next two weeks.

A

variety of artists appeared showing solidarity with Mays and Scott’s plans.

Lil Kim, Freaky Zeeky, Jimmy Jones, Swizz Beats, Rah Digga, Jermaine Dupri,

Keith Murray, Lil Jon & The Eastside Boyz, Ying Yang Twins, Kool G. Rap

and Kool Herc were all in attendance at the press conference.

The

awards show was broadcast on UPN from 1999 until 2001.

While

there were no altercations during the 2001 Source Awards, Benzino was involved

with a police officer and eventually pleaded no contest to driving with a suspended

license and reckless driving.

At

the 2000 awards in Pasadena, California, DJ Quik was assaulted on the red carpet.

Shortly into the awards ceremony, various fights broke out in the crowd and

an estimated 75 men stormed the stage.

"We

gotta do this award show in peace this year." said co-owner Ray "Benzino"

Scott.

Here is a listing

of nominees:

Artist of The

Year Female:

Eve

Missy

Lil Kim

Ms. Jade

Trina

Breakthrough Artist of The Year:

Bone Crusher

50 Cent

Clipse

David Banner

Diplomats

Single Of The Year/Male:

In Da Club – 50 Cent

Hot In Herre – Nelly

Rock The Party – Benzino

Thug Mansion – 2Pac

Good Times – Styles

Lyricist Of The

Year:

Jay-Z

Nas

Talib

Scarface

Twista

Producer Of The Year:

The Neptunes

Just Blaze

Jazze Pha

Kanye West

Timbaland

Artist of The Year Male Solo:

Jay-Z

Nelly

Baby aka Birdman

LL Cool J

Ja Rule

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