Public Enemy, Prince Take Spotlight At Yahoo Online Music Awards

One year ago, the Yahoo Internet Life Magazine Online Music Awards' maiden voyage was a low-key affair light on big names and free of live music.

What a difference a year makes.

Monday night's second annual Yahoo Internet Life Magazine Online Music Awards saw wins for the Beastie Boys and Sarah McLachlan as well as memorable performances from Seal, Public Enemy, Prince, and Wyclef Jean.

While the Beasties' official site (run by webmaster Ian Rogers) won for Best Artist Site and McLachlan's "Mirrorball" took home honors for Best Internet Only Album, Prince and PE spent the most time in the spotlight Monday evening. Both artists presented awards, picked up awards, and performed, cementing their places at the forefront of music's online wave.

While picking up this year's Online Pioneer award, PE's Chuck D heralded the freedom that digital distribution offers artists, and urged, "Come one, come all to the download ball."

While picking up his award for Best

Internet Only Single for "War," Prince was equally enthusiastic about what the Internet means for artists. However, he warned those gathered at New York's Studio 54, "It's cool to be on the computer, but don't let the computer be on you."

Prince later returned to the stage, joined by Sly and the Family Stone bassist Larry Graham and legendary R&B saxophonist Maceo Parker for a three-song set concluding with the classic "Everyday People."

Faced with the unenviable task of following such a performance, Wyclef and his Refugee Allstars took the stage to close the show and delivered a one-hour set that pushed the party well past midnight.

The evening also saw SonicNet honored as Best Overall Site, Virgin Records named Best Label Site, the Ultimate Band List chosen as Best Reference Site, and we at named Best News Site.