Luda, G-Unit, Jay-Z Are Top Source Awards Nominees

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NEW YORKThe Source magazine assembled Ludacris, Kurtis Blow, Mobb Deep, Lady Saw, Fat Joe, Silkk the Shocker, Remy Ma, Lil Jon, Vivica A. Fox, DMC and the WWE's John Cena on Thursday , and that was just to announce their upcoming awards show. Imagine who'll show up when the real shindig tapes October 10 in Miami for broadcast November 30 on BET.

Kanye West shined as a rapper and producer, with songs he either put out himself or produced for other acts earning seven nominations. Ludacris is up for six awards, and despite denouncing The Source and its co-owner Ray Benzino time and time again, G-Unit members could also take home up to six awards for either their work together, individually or as guest artists. Together, G-Unit are up for Breakthrough Artist of the Year and for Single of the Year - Group for "Stunt 101."

The Jiggaman didn't do too shabbily, either. Jay-Z scored four nominations, most notably for Artist of the Year - Male Solo, Lyricist of the Year and Album of the Year, where his The Black Album faces off against Kanye's The College Dropout, Twista's Kamikaze, Luda's Chicken-N-Beer and G-Unit's Beg for Mercy.


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"Although it's been around for 30 years now, we're seeing the beginning of the hip-hop generation really taking charge and becoming the dominant force in moving this country forward in the next 10 or 20 years," Source founder Dave Mays said at the press conference.

NBA star Jalen Rose of the Toronto Raptors, who was there to help announce the nominees, told the rappers and other attendees he was elated to see hip-hop take it this far.

"Being born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, I wanna say thank you to The Source for being like a bible to hip-hop, making me feel like these ladies and gentlemen were in my living room every day," he said. "I could go buy The Source and follow these ladies and gentleman. I want to give you much respect, not only as a fan, but as role models. I see the things y'all doing, I hear the positive things y'all saying. Keep doing y'all damn thing."

Nominations for the 2004 Source Awards:

Artist of the Year - Male Solo:

  • Jay-Z

  • Juvenile

  • Lil Flip

  • Ludacris

  • Twista

Artist of the Year - Group:

  • 8Ball & MJG

  • Outkast

  • Westside Connection

  • Ying Yang Twins

  • Youngbloodz

Breakthrough Artist of the Year:

  • Chingy

  • G-Unit

  • T.I.

  • Kanye West

  • Young Gunz

Single of the Year - Solo Artist:

  • "On Fire" - Lloyd Banks

  • "Right Thurr" - Chingy

  • "Tipsy" - J Kwon

  • "Game Over'" - Lil Flip

  • "Stand Up" - Ludacris

Single of the Year - Group:

  • "Stunt 101" - G Unit

  • "The Way You Move" - Outkast

  • "Lean Back" - Terror Squad

  • "Gangsta Nation" - Westside Connection

  • "Can't Stop, Won't Stop" - Young Gunz

Single of the Year - Collaboration:

  • "Slow Motion" - Juvenile featuring Soulja Slim

  • "Round Here" - Memphis Bleek featuring Trick Daddy & T.I.

  • "Ridin' Spinners" - Three 6 Mafia featuring Lil Flip

  • "Salt Shaker" - Ying Yang Twinz featuring Lil Jon

  • "Damn" - Youngbloodz featuring Lil Jon

R&B/Rap Collaboration of the Year:

  • "Summertime" remix - Beyoncé featuring Ghostface

  • "Hotel" - Cassidy featuring R Kelly

  • "Slow Jamz" - Twista featuring Jamie Foxx & Kanye West

  • "Yeah!" - Usher featuring Lil Jon & Ludacris

  • "I Don't Wanna Know" - Mario Winans featuring P. Diddy

Best Female Rap Collaboration:

  • Eve - "Not Today" by Mary J. Blige

  • Lil Kim - "Naughty Girl" remix by Beyoncé

  • Remy Ma - "Lean Back" by Terror Squad

  • Shawnna - "Dude" remix by Beenie Man

  • Trina - "Right Thurr" remix by Chingy

Fat Tape Song of the Year:

  • "Run" - Ghostface Killah featuring Jadakiss

  • "Clap Back" - Ja Rule

  • "Certified Gangstas" - Jim Jones featuring Cam'ron & the Game

  • "Snitch N---as" - Scarface featuring Z-Ro

  • "Untouchable" - Untouchables featuring Benzino

Remix of the Year:

  • "Right Thurr" remix - Chingy featuring Trina & JD

  • "Hell Yeah" remix - Dead Prez featuring Jay-Z

  • "Blow It Out" remix - Ludacris featuring 50 Cent

  • "Rubberband Man" remix - T.I. featuring Mack 10, Trick Daddy & Twista

  • "Neva Eva" remix - Trillville featuring Twista

Album of the Year:

  • G-Unit - Beg for Mercy

  • Jay-Z - The Black Album

  • Kanye West - The College Dropout

  • Ludacris - Chicken-N-Beer

  • Twista - Kamikaze

Lyricist of the Year:

  • Cassidy

  • Ghostface Killah

  • Jay-Z

  • Kanye West

  • T.I.

Dancehall/Reggae Artist of the Year:

  • Beenie Man

  • Elephant Man

  • Sizzla

  • T.O.K.

  • Vybz Kartel

Live Performer of the Year:

  • David Banner

  • Ja Rule

  • Ludacris

  • Kanye West

  • Wyclef

Producer of the Year:

  • Jazze Pha

  • Just Blaze

  • Kanye West

  • Lil Jon

  • Scott Storch

R&B Artist of the Year - Male:

  • Joe

  • R. Kelly

  • Carl Thomas

  • Usher

  • Mario Winans

R&B Artist of the Year - Female:

  • Ashanti

  • Beyoncé

  • Janet Jackson

  • Alicia Keys

  • Monica

Video of the Year:

  • "This Way" - Dilated Peoples (director: Dave Meyers)

  • "It's All Real" - Pitch Black (director: Vem & Tony),

  • "Untouchable" - Untouchables featuring Lil Jon & Benzino (director: Benzino & J. Jesses Smith)

  • "Through the Wire" Kanye West (director: Coodie & Kanye West)

  • "Gangsta Nation" Westside Connection (director: Dave Meyers)

Independent Album of the Year:

  • Bleu Davinci - World Is BMF

  • Freddie Foxxx - Konexion

  • Pete Rock - Soul Survivor II

  • Saigon - Warning Shots

  • Soulja Slim - Years Later ... A Few Months After

International Artist of the Year:

  • Tego Calderón - Puerto Rico

  • Choclair - Canada

  • Dizzee Rascal -United Kingdom

  • IAM - France

  • Skwatta Kamp - South Africa

Best Acting in a Movie by a Rapper:

  • DMX in "Never Die Alone"

  • Eve in "Barbershop 2"

  • Ice Cube in "Barbershop 2"

  • LL Cool J in "S.W.A.T."

  • Spragga Benz in "Shottas"