Staten Island, NYFebruary 1, 2007StarShine Magazine starts 2007 off with their 5th annual Readers Choice Awards! The nominees are in and with three new categories, and a more diverse line-up, this is predicted to be StarShines biggest voting turn-out yet. This years candidates offer a diverse taste of what the magazine has to offer ranging from unsigned artists to best selling ones to fan favorites.
R&B/Pop Universal recording artist JoJo leads the pack once again, this time with 8 nods, breaking her previous record from last year. Following JoJos lead is country superstar Gretchen Wilson and new Christian
artist, Backstreet Boy Brian Littrell. Both artists have 7 nominations. Gretchen Wilson is StarShines first real taste of country. Though shes a bit out of her element, StarShines editor, Sandy Lo Grasso has high hopes for her running in the polls. Gretchen was our first country star to appear in the magazine, and though shes up against some mainstream heavy hitters, we know she can hold her own and bring in a whole slew of new voters. Lo Grasso says.
Wilson is up for Album and Artist of the Year along with JoJo & Littrell. Also joining them in those categories are pop/rock band The Click Five & Nick Lachey, who both have a fair amount of nominations as well. What is really prominent this year is the smaller, unknown artists like House of Carters
star--Leslie Carter, Indie talent--Britney Christian, Swedish pop star--Anna Sundstrand and her tour mate, Chris Trousdale.
The infamous Kevin Federline even earned 2 nominations for his single, Lose Control. StarShine doesnt judge an artists lifestyle. Says Lo Grasso. Were not critics and we dont claim to be. We want our readers to come here for two things: to have fun and find out about interesting, talented people. We want our readers to have that attitude and not focus on the tabloids because music and movies arent about that. Art isnt about that. Through Sandy Lo Grassos vision, StarShine Magazine brings focus back to art instead of the trash. In that same light,
StarShine lets the readers choose the winners of their awards.
New categories in the 2007 RCAs include: Best Rock or Country Song, Independent Song of the Year, and the Shining Star award. The Shining Star award is the only category that is not voted on by the readers. The winner is chosen in advance by the staff of StarShine Magazine based on a celebritys charity work. This years recipient is Howie Dorough of the Backstreet Boys for his continuous work through his charity, the Dorough Lupus Foundation.
Other nominees include: Breakout Show Dog artist--Lindsey Haun, Latin boy group--C Note, pop/rock group--The Jonas Brothers & rock bands Saving
Jane and Lucky Boys Confusion.
Voting for the 2007 StarShine Readers Choice Awards begins February 15th on www.starshinemag.com and polls will be open until March 25th. Nominees were chosen by the staff of StarShine Magazine based on the popularity of artists on the website and in the e-zine between July 2005 and December 2006. Winners will be selected strictly by who receives the most votes submitted into the official voting ballot on www.starshinemag.com
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Best Dance Song Press Rewind - Anna Sundstrand Wepa C Note Stupid Boyfriends - Britney Christian The Way You Do Me - JoJo Lose Control - Kevin Federline
Best Ballad Gone Without Goodbye - Brian Littrell Say Goodnight - The Click Five I Dont Feel Like Loving You Today - Gretchen Wilson How To Touch A Girl - JoJo Broken - Lindsey Haun
Best Remake or Sample In Christ Alone - Brian Littrell Youre The One That I Want Chris Trousdale & Anna Sundstrand I Think Were Alone Now The Click Five Anything - JoJo Missing You - Tyler Hilton
Best Rock or Country Song Halo - Bethany Joy Galeotti All Jacked Up - Gretchen Wilson Getting Out Alive - Lucky Boys Confusion Girl Next Door - Saving Jane Missing You - Tyler Hilton
Best R&B/Hip-Hop Song Make It Go Away - Britney Christian Wepa - C Note Too Little Too Late - JoJo Lose Control - Kevin Federline
StarShine Spotlight Denise McLean House of Carters Riley Smith
Shining Star Award Howie Dorough - Dorough Lupus Foundation
Favorite Group/Band The Click Five C Note Jonas Brothers Lucky Boys Confusion Saving Jane
Favorite Female Artist Gretchen Wilson JoJo Katelyn Tarver Lindsey Haun
Favorite Male Artist Ben Bledsoe Brian Littrell Nick Lachey Tyler Hilton
Best Live Show Anna Sundstrand & Chris Trousdale The Click
Five Gretchen Wilson Jonas Brothers Nick Lachey
Unsigned/Independent Artist of the Year Anna Sundstrand Britney Christian Chris Trousdale Leslie Carter Myra
Independent Song of the Year "Press Rewind" - Anna Sundstrand If Only - Anna Sundstrand & Chris Trousdale "Stupid Boyfriends" - Britney Christian "Worse" - Leslie Carter "Getting Out Alive" - Lucky Boys Confusion
Best New Artist Brian Littrell Jonas Brothers Katelyn Tarver Lindsey Haun Saving Jane
Song of the Year "Welcome Home" - Brian Littrell "California Girls" - Gretchen Wilson "Too Little Too Late" - JoJo "Broken" - Lindsey Haun "Whats Left of Me" - Nick Lachey
Album of the Year Welcome Home - Brian Littrell Greetings From Imrie House - The Click Five All Jacked Up - Gretchen Wilson The High Road -
JoJo Whats Left of Me - Nick Lachey
Artist of the Year Brian Littrell The Click Five Gretchen Wilson JoJo Nick Lachey