Other Awards: November 2006 Archives

Finalists looking to Billboard Music Awards

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NEW YORK — The past 12 months have been particularly good for one Canadian rock band, three Nashville upstarts, a once-imprisoned southern rapper and an R&B diva in the throes of a major comeback. Now, Nickelback, Rascal Flatts, T.I. and Mary J. Blige are being recognized for their achievements as finalists in a leading five categories each for the 2006 Billboard Music Awards.

Spirit Award nominations full of 'Sunshine'

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LOS ANGELES — The road-trip romp ‘‘Little Miss Sunshine’’ and the gritty classroom drama ‘‘Half Nelson’’ led contenders Tuesday for the Spirit Awards honoring independent films, each earning five nominations, including best picture. Other best-picture nominees were ‘‘American Gun,’’ a drama about the proliferation of firearms in America; ‘‘The Dead Girl,’’ a thriller centered on a serial killer’s female victims; and ‘‘Pan’s Labyrinth,’’ a Spanish-language tale about a girl’s dark fantasy life in Fascist Spain.

Independent Spirit Award nominations on webcast

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The Independent Film Channel's nomination show marks the first time film fans can see the 2007 Film Independent’s Spirit Awards nominations announced live. Felicity Huffman and Don Cheadle will present the nominees tomorrow at 10 a.m. (Chicago time) from the Sofitel LA hotel. Watch the webcast at IFC's awards site.

A report of last night's winners of the National Book Awards. After all, these stories likely will all be adapted for screenplays, anyway ...

Billboard Music Awards finalize performances

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NEW YORK — Gwen Stefani, Ludacris, the Fray and Mary J. Blige have been added to the performance lineup for the 2006 Billboard Music Awards, which air live on Fox Dec. 4 from Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena. They join previously announced performers Janet Jackson, Fergie and the Killers on the bill for the event.