Kanye West tops the list of nominees for the 2008 Chicago Music Awards, receiving nominations in five of the event’s 42 categories.
West was nominated for Best Hip Hop/Rap Entertainer, Best Hip Hop/Rap Album/CD, Record Producer of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Pop Entertainer of the Year. ...
The recipients of Lifetime Achievement Awards and Special Awards of Honor also have been announced:
# jazz pianist Dave Green
# attorney & booking agent J.B. Ross
# radio disc jockey/TV host LaDonna Tittle
# gospel music impresarios Lafayette & Marguerite Gatling
# radio & TV personality and host Richard Steele
# soul & R&B entertainers The Steelers
Two new radio categories were added to the awards this year in response to requests from fans, media and others. The new categories are Most Popular Music Radio and Most Popular College/Community Radio.
Local fans can vote for the Chicago Music Awards by filling out a form online at the official Web site or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for voting is Jan. 10.
Winners will be announced at the 27th Annual Chicago Music Awards on Jan. 27. Tickets to the event ar $35 general admission or $55 VIP. Call Ticketmaster at (312) 559-1212.
For more information call (312) 427-0266. Hosts will include newscater Saran Dunmore and bluesman Frank Pellegrino. Confirmed Awards presenters include The Hon. Shelvin L.M. Hall, Justice of the Illinois Appellate Court and the Hon. Dorothy Brown, Clerk of the Cook County Circuit Court. Other celebrities and presenters will be announced later.