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  DanceStar USA 2003 preview

Yes, on the beach!

 

YOUR VOTES COUNT!
The DanceStar Executive Committee picks the nominees, but the winners are decided by votes at dancestar.com


Roger Sanchez

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Iio

 

Last year, I was invited to attend an awards show in Miami. I recognized the name DanceStar and knew they did a very prestigious show each year in London, but was expecting a small ceremony, reminiscent perhaps of a high school graduation...

I think my mouth was open in amazement the entire time. The DanceStar people don't fool around! This was a full-fledged, Academy Awards quality extravaganza! The shows were some of the best I've ever seen (the Funky Green Dogs had the crowd on its feet cheering and laughing at the singer's antics) and everyone was dancing during Grandmaster Flash's closing DJ set. Roger Sanchez and Kelis did an amazing job hosting, and the presenters and nominees were a positive who's who of American dance music.

So when the invite came for this year's DanceStar USA awards, I jumped on it! Not only is this year's show set to be bigger with more awards, its bound to be even better (if that's possible) as its taking place on a specially built stage right on the beach in Miami Beach, Florida. The awards take place Wednesday 19th March, 2003 with doors opening at 7:00pm - if you're going, make sure to arrive early to catch the melee of celebrities coming down the red carpet! This year's performers include live performances by Oakenfold, Dirty Vegas, Oscar G & Ralph Falcon ft. OBA Frank Lord, Iio, DJ Sammy, Telepopmusik and more... DJ for the night will be last year's sensational DanceStar USA Best Radio DJ winner Liquid Todd from 92.3 K-Rock, New York. You can buy tickets ($20 to $60) online here.

UPDATED: P-Diddy will be performing his new dance music single live with Kelis, and Oakenfold will be forming as a band too!

Roger Sanchez, who hosted last year's award show, originally was just going to leads off the awards presenters this year, but now has been announced as co-hosting once again, this time with actors Juliette Lewis and Roselyn Sanchez (no relation to Roger). A few days ago, Roger answered a few of my questions via email while on the road in Brazil:

Jennifer: At last year's DanceStar USA Awards, you were one of the main two hosts: what was that experience like?

Roger Sanchez: it was definitely very cool. i have presented shows 4 mtv, but this was my first award show. i didn't get nervous, but it was hectic!

Is there anything you learned from last year that will make this year different?

i'll be presenting an award, but not the show... lots easier! : )

What kind of effect (like recognition from the public or professionally), if any, did you notice after presenting at last year's DanceStar awards?

i got lots of compliments, but it hasn't necessarily changed much

What's your favorite and least parts of music awards shows?

the best parts are that everyone u know & some u don't are usually there & that's cool, unfortunately sometimes the award aren't exactly accurate as 2 who they are given 2!

You just won a Grammy for Best Remix, and the same remix is nominated for the 2003 DanceStar Award for Best Remix! You've posted a lot about the experience on your releaseyourself.com message board, but if you had to sum it up in three words or less, what was it like?

surprising, amazing & hella good! ; )

Thanks Roger!!!!

Don't miss Iio performing live at the 2nd annual DanceStar USA on Wednesday March 19th on the sands of Miami Beach, Florida. They are also in the running for the prestigious Record of the Year Awards for "Rapture (Tastes So Sweet)". Read our full Iio interview here.

Next week we'll have our interview with Saeed & Palash, nominated for "Best Breakthrough DJ". You can find a complete list of nominees on the dancestar.com website.

Check back at Raves.com the week after the show - we'll also have lots of photos and video from the red carpet and backstage with the winners!

 

 

 

 

 

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