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Saturday, December 10, 2005

7th Annual Lou Bega Awards

The 7th Annual Lou Bega Award!

In 1999 -- the worst year in music history -- my friend and I co-founded the Lou Bega Award, named after the worst recording artist of all time. This prestigious award, given annually each December, goes not necessarily to the artist with the worst song, but to the one which most desecrates the concept of popular music altogether.

Previous Recipients:
1999 - Lou Bega "Mambo #5"
2000 - Baha Men "Who Let The Dogs Out?"
2001 - Afroman "Because I Got High"
2002 - Nelly "Hot In Herre"
2003 - Sean Paul "Like Glue" & his other song(s?)
2004 - tie - every song involving Lil' Jon

This year's inductee is "Hollaback Girl" by Gwen Stefani.

This marks a historic moment for the Lou Bega Award. Stefani is the first minority to receive this prestige -- not only as a woman, but as a Caucasian as well.

In addition, for the first time this year an honorary Lou Bega Award is being presented in the catagory of Lifetime Achievement to Jamster. This innovative company has used frightening late night television commercials and obnoxious roll-over internet ads to help launch the careers of 2005 Bega honorable mentions such as T.I. and D4L.

Congratulations to this year's inductees.
Jon Katz, Bill Benz


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