Basement Jaxx, Moby and the Chemical Brothers top the list of nominees announced on Wednesday in London for the inaugural DanceStar 2000 Worldwide Dance Music Awards.
Leading the pack of contenders are Basement Jaxx (Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe), who are nominated for four awards, including Best Album of the Year. In that category, the house duo's Remedy is up against Moby's Play and the Chemical Brothers' Surrender. All three acts also will compete for the DanceStar of the Year award.
Orbital's Middle of Nowhere and Leftfield's Rhythm & Stealth round out the nominees for Best Album, while Fatboy Slim and ATB will compete for DanceStar of the Year.
Moby and the Chemical Brothers each garnered three nods. Other artists with multiple nominations include Wamdue Project, Eiffel 65 and underground garage star Craig David.
Most of the 18 categories have five contenders, except Best Club DJ and Best Radio DJ, which have 10. Paul Oakenfold, Carl Cox, Sasha and John Digweed are among the nominees for Club DJ, while Pete Tong, Gilles Peterson and Judge Jules (all of whom host shows on BBC Radio 1) top the list of nominees for Radio DJ.
Frankie Knuckles, whom many consider the godfather of house music, will be honored with a lifetime achievement award. Knuckles has been spinning in New York and Chicago clubs, including the Warehouse and Music Box, for almost 30 years.
The ceremony, scheduled for June 1 at the Alexandra Palace in London, will feature performances by Moby and Dutch dance phenomenon Alice Deejay.
Organizers said the nominations were selected by a panel of British dance industry experts. Winners will be chosen through voting at the DanceStar Web site (www.dancestar.net).
A DanceStar magazine and album will be released in conjunction with the awards. The record will include nominated acts and will hit stores in May, organizers said.