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2011 VMA Nominees

To honor the best music videos that are shown on the MTV channel, an awards ceremony was created, which is simply referred to as the VMAs. The MTV Video Music Awards was established at first to be an alternative to the iconic music awards, the Grammys, acknowledging the artists that draw a younger audience. By the year 2001 the MTV Video Music Awards has risen to be seen as prestigious an event, and the ceremony, which was inaugurated in 1984, is usually broadcast during the month of September. Organizers of the VMAs have recently released their nominations list, which is dominated this year by Katy Perry.

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Converse Rubber Tracks Opens

Converse Rubber Tracks will bring new hope to many struggling bands and artists. It is a facility that will serve as a place of opportunity for those who are battling to get into the mainstream music industry, or even just to begin making a name. Bands and artists are invited to apply to use the recording studio free of charge, and all genres are welcome. They will not only have access to some of the best equipment in the industry but the sessions will include wonderful features such as video footage being shot behind-the-scenes.

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Lifetime Achievement Award for Vince Neil

Receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Vegas Rocks! Magazine Awards has been many years in the making for Vince Neil. Known as the front man for the widely popular Motley Crue, Vince Neil has been dedicated to the band and to the music industry since 1981. He did previously play with his own band, named Rock Candy, but was discovered in 1980 by former high school friend, Tommy Lee, who founded Motley Crue with Nikki Sixx. Neil and Mick Mars then joined the band, and as they say, the rest is history.

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2011 CMT Awards

The public plays a vital role in the CMT Music Awards, as it is the votes of fans that decide who the winners will be. Nashville, in Tennessee, is home to the awards that are hosted every June, and was inaugurated as the Music City News Country Awards in 1967. Awards are allocated to country television performances and music videos and before internet sites were available, fans would vote through the mail or by telephone. The main categories for the CMT Awards were male and female vocalist of the year, song of the year and entertainer of the year. In 2005, the name of the ceremony permanently became the CMT Music Awards and is held in conjunction with the CMA Music Festival.

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BPI Updating the Parental Advisory Scheme

Amidst news that Britain's total digital music sales have exceeded £1 billion, the British Recorded Music Industry, or BPI, has just announced that they will be updating their Parental Advisory Scheme to include online services. The current scheme is 15 years old, with Parental Guidance logos appearing on CDs since 1995. The updated guidelines will see the familiar logo appearing on videos and songs that can be streamed or downloaded from UK digital music services.

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