Rage, 3EB Lead California Music Awards Noms

Bay Area pop band Third Eye Blind and Los Angeles political rockers Rage Against The Machine lead the nominees for Saturday’s 23rd annual Tower Records California Music Awards with seven nods each.

Members of Third Eye Blind, who took home three awards last year, are nominated for Outstanding Rock/Pop Album, Group, Male Vocalist, Bassist, Drummer, and Songwriter for work on their second album, “Blue.” Recently ousted Third Eye Blind guitarist Kevin Cadogan is also nominated for Outstanding Guitarist.

Rage Against The Machine and its individual members also received nominations in the categories of Outstanding Group, Male Vocalist, Guitarist, Bassist, Drummer, and Songwriter. The band also received a nomination for Outstanding Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album for “The Battle Of Los Angeles.”

In addition to awarding artists for their musical endeavors, the Bammies also award career accomplishments. The Bill Graham Lifetime Achievement Award, named for the late concert
promoter, will go to Arista records president and “Supernatural” producer Clive Davis.

Rage Against The Machine will receive an award for public service, and an award for excellence will go to Metallica and conductor/composer Michael Kamen for their collaboration on “S&M,” which paired the metal band with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra.

Founded by now-defunct “BAM” magazine in 1977 as the Bay Area Music Awards, the Bammies were expanded and renamed in 1998 to honor pan-Californian musical excellence. Rather than being picked by an academy, winners are decided by popular vote. Ballots were available in Tower Records stores and at the company’s Web site.

The ceremony, to be held at San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, typically allows fans to rub elbows with their favorite artists.

Though rockers Oleander, Smash Mouth, Stroke 9, and Applesaucer and R&B album nominees Ledisi and Me’Shell N’degeocello are scheduled to play this year’s show, the full
performance lineup is rarely nailed down before the night of the ceremony.

An all-star jam traditionally closes the night’s program. Last year’s jam featured ex–Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir jamming with a stage full of musicians, including Beastie Boys turntablist Mix Master Mike and The Long Beach Dub Allstars.

Veteran rapper Hammer is scheduled to appear as a presenter.

Carlos Santana — who requested never to be nominated again for Outstanding Guitarist — will not attend the ceremony, as he is playing a reunion show with “Supernatural” collaborators in Southern California on the same night (see “Santana To Play ‘Supernatural’ Show In April” ). Though Santana’s “Supernatural” generated nine Grammy Awards, the veteran Latin-rock act earned only two Bammie nominations.

In the past five years, an average of 6,000 ballots per year were returned by mail and an additional 6,000 via email — mostly by BAM readers.
Due to this year’s increased Internet and in-store presence, Erokan said, promoters received more than 60,000 ballots.

Tower Records California Music Awards nominations:

Outstanding Album:

  • “Supernatural,” Santana
  • “Midnite Vultures,” Beck
  • “The Battle Of Los Angeles,” Rage Against The Machine
  • “When The Pawn…,” Fiona Apple
  • “Enema Of The State,” Blink-182

Outstanding Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album:

  • “The Battle Of Los Angeles,” Rage Against The Machine
  • “Issues,” Korn
  • “AntiPop,” Primus
  • “S&M,” Metallica
  • “Buckcherry,” Buckcherry
Outstanding Rock/Pop Album:

  • “Californication,” Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • “Soundsystem,” 311
  • “Astro Lounge,” Smash Mouth
  • “Midnite Vultures,” Beck
  • “Blue,” Third Eye Blind
Outstanding Debut Album:

  • “Nasty Little Thoughts,” Stroke 9
  • “Let It Blast,” Bell Rays
  • “February Son,” Oleander
  • “For Stars,” For Stars
  • “Applesaucer,” Applesaucer
Outstanding Female Vocalist:

  • Fiona Apple
  • Cher
  • Sheryl Crow
  • Jewel
  • Me’Shell N’degeocello
  • Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott
Outstanding Guitarist:

  • Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine)
  • John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
  • Kirk Hammett (Metallica)
  • Ben Harper
  • Kevin Cadogan (Third Eye Blind)
Outstanding Drummer:

  • Donna C (The Donnas)
  • Lars Ulrich,(Metallica)
  • Joey Waronker (R.E.M.)
  • Brad Wilk (Rage Against The Machine)
  • Brad Hargraves (Third Eye Blind)
Outstanding Single:

  • “My Own Worst Enemy,” Lit
  • “Smooth,” Santana featuring Rob Thomas
  • “All the Small Things,” Blink-182
  • “All Star,” Smash Mouth
  • “Someday,” Sugar Ray
Outstanding Hip-Hop/Rap Album:

  • “Dr. Dre 2001,” Dr. Dre
  • “Willennium,” Will Smith
  • “Only God Can Judge Me,” Master P
  • “Da Real World,” Missy “Misdemeanor”
    Elliott
Outstanding R&B Album:

  • “Bitter,” Me’Shell N’degeocello
  • “On How Life Is,” Macy Gray
  • “Soulsinger,” Ledisi
Outstanding Group:

  • Third Eye Blind
  • Blink-182
  • Rage Against The Machine
  • Smash Mouth
  • Offspring
Outstanding Male Vocalist:

  • Beck
  • Steve Harwell (Smash Mouth)
  • Adam Duritz (Counting Crows)
  • Zack De La Rocha (Rage Against The Machine)
  • Stephan Jenkins (Third Eye Blind)
  • Mark McGrath (Sugar Ray)
Outstanding Bassist:

  • Les Claypool (Primus)
  • Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
  • Me’Shell N’degeocello
  • Jason Newsted (Metallica)
  • Arion Salazar (Third Eye Blind)
Outstanding Songwriter:

  • Tom Waits
  • Zack De La Rocha (Rage Against The Machine)
  • Adam Duritz (Counting Crows)
  • Stephan Jenkins/Kevin Cadogan (Third Eye Blind)
  • Fiona Apple
  • Greg Camp (Smash Mouth)