David Bowie, Paul McCartney, Prince, and Aimee Mann were among the artists honored at the third annual Yahoo! Internet Life Online Music Awards, which were presented on Monday night during a ceremony at New York City’s Studio 54.
Comedian-actor John Leguizamo hosted the event, which featured performances from DJ Rap, Issac Hayes, Aimee Mann, Alanis Morissette, and David Bowie, who also received the Online Pioneer Award, which last year went to Public Enemy (see “Public Enemy, Prince Take Spotlight At Yahoo Online Music Awards” ).
In winning the Pioneer Award, Bowie was recognized for helping found the online entertainment company UltraStar as well as creating the first artist-produced and hosted Internet service provider with BowieNet, which won a Yahoo! Award for Best Artist Site.
For Mann, whose solo career got a boost after she contributed several songs to the “Magnolia” soundtrack, received an award
for Best Internet Only Album for “Bachelor No. 2,” which the former ‘Til Tuesday frontwoman issued via her site in February.
Despite the honor, “Bachelor No. 2″ was picked up by Superego Records and eventually released to retail outlets in May.
The Webcast of Paul McCartney’s triumphant return to the Cavern Club in Liverpool in December was named Best Live Online Event (see “McCartney To Webcast Cavern Club Show; Pink Floyd’s Gilmour On Board” ), while Prince’s “One Song” won Best Internet Only Single.
Astralwerks was selected as Best Label Online, while Pasadena, California trio Red Delicious won an award and was recognized for being the Best Unsigned Artist Online. “Painful Convictions,” a site dedicated to Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails, won Best Fan Site.
Winners rounding out the third Yahoo! Internet Life Online Music Awards included the Ultimate Band List for Best Music Reference Site, “Billboard”
Online for Best Music News, and our sister site, SonicNet, which was named Best Overall Music Site for the third consecutive year.