The sixth Diesel-U-Music Awards, hosted by Lauren Laverne, took place at Shoreditch Town Hall, London last week.
An expert panel of judges including Ronnie Wood, Ian McCulloch, Mark Ronson, Hanjin Bio, Mylo and 2ManyDJs have listened to entries from all four corners of the globe across three genres: Rock, Hip-Hop/Urban and Electronic. In addition to the Public Vote Award, 2006 also sees legendary photographer Mick Rock presented with the Contribution To Music Award and the inaugural Channel 4 Radio-sponsored Music Icon Award going to the great Roxy Music.
Scooping the Rock award are Italian band STOOP. They’ve been together since 2003 and their first album, ‘Stoopid Monkeys In The House’ is in the can and ready to go. The Rock award was judged by Ronnie Wood and Ian McCulloch.
US collective MOVE.MEANT have stormed the Hip-Hop/Urban category which was judged by men of the moment Mark Ronson and Hanjin Bio. Having met at school, Move.Meant have been hard at work both in the studio and on-stage.
The Electronic award, judged by electro-royalty Mylo and 2ManyDJs, has been won by UK finalist DUKE DUMONT. The Duke, a native Londoner, has spent the summer honing his live performance on the Diesel-U-Music UK tour and has just finished working on a remix for Missy Elliott.
2006 sees the introduction of a new award, the Public Vote. The first winners of this award, voted for by visitors to the Diesel-U-Music website, are New Yorkers THE EPOCHS who entered the Rock category.
Roxy Music will receive the Channel 4 Radio Music Icon Award in recognition of their enduring influence on the contemporary music scene and their unique blend of fashion, romance, nostalgia and futurism. The band are due to release an eagerly anticipated new studio album in 2007.
The Contribution to Music Award goes to Mick Rock, one of the world’s greatest rock photographers. Mick’s career started in the early 70s with the first ever shoot of David Bowie. He then went on to shoot many of music’s great legends and become one of the most sought after photographers in the world.
Diesel-U-Music Award winners will take to the stage to collect their awards in front of a star-studded audience at Shoreditch Town Hall tonight (4 October). Also performing will be Larrikin Love, Guillemots, Sway, Amp Fiddler, The Freelance Hellraiser, Justin Robertson and Simian Mobile Disco.
Tune into the Diesel-U-Music Awards on Channel 4 on Sunday 22 October at 00.10.
FULL AWARDS LIST:
ROCK: Stoop (Italy)
HIP-HOP/URBAN: Move.Meant (USA)
ELECTRONIC: Duke Dumont (UK)
PUBLIC VOTE: The Epochs (USA)
CONTRIBUTION TO MUSIC: Mick Rock
CHANNEL 4 RADIO MUSIC ICON: Roxy Music