Hole Lead 'Bammies' Nominees

Hole, Kiss, Metallica, Korn, Third Eye Blind, Paul Stanley, George Jones, Pavement, Elvis, Linda McCartney, Yehudi Menuhin, ODB, Tom Waits, Fugazi, Jefferson Airplane...

The 22nd annual California Music Awards, a.k.a. the "Bammies," will be held Saturday

(March 13) at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. Begun by BAM

magazine in 1977-78 as the Bay Area Music Awards, the Bammies are given in

numerous categories, most of which are voted upon statewide by readers of BAM.

The recipients of two awards are chosen privately: The Bill Graham Lifetime

Achievement Award, which will go this year to Dr. Dre and Ice Cube for

their stellar contributions to the world of hip hop, and the Arthur M. Sohcot Award, named

for a late BAM attorney, which will be awarded to hard-rocking philanthropist

Bonnie Raitt for community service and excellence in performance. The rock

group Hole lead the balloting with six nominations, including Outstanding

Album for Celebrity Skin, Outstanding Female Vocalist (Courtney Love),

Outstanding Single and Outstanding Rock/Pop Album. Metallica, Korn

and Third Eye Blind are nominated for four Bammies each, followed by Rancid

with three. Attendees and possible performers at the Bammies this year include Dr. Dre,

Bonnie Raitt, Primus, Tracy Chapman, Bob Weir (Grateful Dead, The Other Ones,

Ratdog), Paul Kantner (Jefferson Airplane), Mix Master Mike (Beastie Boys), Money

Mark, Chris Isaak, Cake, Third Eye Blind, Joan Baez, the Long Beach Dub All Stars, the

Donnas, Thomas Dolby Robertson, Tony Toni Tone and saxophonist Dave

Ellis.