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"We have fun," bassist Steve Scholtes said. "So do our fans." Together since 1991, the band has had a consistent following, and it keeps getting bigger. "Our fans from when we started now have kids who come to the shows," Scholtes noted.
The Bastards are in the studio working on their third album, tentatively tilted Price of Rebellion, which hordes of soon-to-be PDB fans can expect out by late 2006 or early 2007. "Just in time to be nominated for Best Album next year," Dean joked. -- C.S.
Best R&B: Brooke Valentine
Brooke Valentine has been busy lately. She debuted in 2005 with the single "Girlfight," featuring Lil Jon and Big Boi. Just a year later, she's on magazine covers, playing to thousands of people in arena concerts like JamFest 2006 and making the red carpet at the BET Awards. Her newest single, "D-Girl," from her yet-to-be-released CD, Physical Education, is already in the Top 100 for urban radio spins and in heavy rotation on Sirius Satellite's Hot Jamz. The "D-Girl" video popped the highest debut of the week on Yahoo!, and she's already reading scripts, getting set to push into acting. No wonder she didn't have time to pick up her Music Awards statuette. -- O.F.A.
Awards Artist: Mik Miano
Artist Mik Miano is repeating his duties as creator of the Music Award statuettes (Miano also created last year's guitarlike awards). Figuring out what to do was easy, he said. "I did a railing in front of Rudyard's last year, and that had some notes in it. Everyone seemed to like them, and so when this came up, I thought about them. It's something musical, but also something visual. It was an easy choice."
While similar, each of the statuettes is distinct. "Each of them is a little different, because I think the music is all different, so I wanted each award to be unique. I wanted to do something special to thank the musicians. And I don't want to do the same thing over and over. If I wanted to do that, I could just go out and have them made in a factory, but that would be boring and this music, these musicians are not boring. So I wanted to do something that would be special, one of a kind."
Miano, whose training includes a stint at the Lawndale Art Center, said he's happy thinking of his statuettes sitting on the shelves of musicians all around Houston. "I hope that they'll be very valuable to them, not only as an award, as an acknowledgement of their accomplishments, but as a piece of art as well." -- O.F.A. Best Latin Venue: Azteca's Best Blues/R&B Venue: The Big Easy Best Folk Venue: McGonigel's Mucky Duck Best C&W Venue: Blanco's Best Rock Venue: Warehouse Live Best Concert Venue: Warehouse Live