The 2009 StarShine Magazine Music Awards took place online between October and November.  Thousands of fans voted for their favorite artists in what proved to be the magazine’s tightest race to date!  The delay in announcing the results was due to StarShine’s efforts to get acceptance speeches from the winners to no avail.  Between tight schedules and publicists not cooperating, we weren’t able to make it happen.

Lady Gaga was the big winner this year with a total of 5 awards including Favorite Female Artist, Best New Artist, Song of the Year for “Poker Face”, Best Dance Song for “Just Dance” and Album of the Year for her debut The Fame. Gaga only lost one award, and that was surprisingly to teen heartthrob, Jesse McCartney, who received Artist of the Year over her with only 3% more votes!  McCartney also takes home Favorite Male Artist beating out Michael Bublé.  Katy Perry won Best Pop Song for “Hot N Cold” while newcomer Jessie James grabbed Best Ballad for “I Look So Good Without You”.

Canadian rock band Hedley won Best Rock Song for “Never Too Late”.  The obscure indie band, 100 Monkeys, fronted by Jackson Rathbone of “Twilight” fame nabs two awards for Favorite Band and Breaking Artist.  For Best Live Show, StarShine’s reader favorite–Backstreet Boys take the win; beating out top-selling touring acts, Michael Bublé and Katy Perry.

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2009 STARSHINE MUSIC AWARD WINNERS!

BEST DANCE SONG: Lady Gaga – “Just Dance”

BEST BALLAD: Jessie James – “I Look So Good (Without You)”

BEST ROCK SONG: Hedley – “Never Too Late”

BEST POP SONG: Katy Perry – “Hot N Cold”

FAVORITE BAND/GROUP: 100 Monkeys

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST: Lady Gaga

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST: Jesse McCartney

BEST LIVE SHOW: Backstreet Boys

BEST NEW ARTIST: Lady Gaga

BREAKING ARTIST: 100 Monkeys

SONG OF THE YEAR: Lady Gaga – “Poker Face”

ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Lady Gaga – The Fame

ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Jesse McCartney

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Sandy Lo’s personal story is inspiring. She started, StarShine Magazine, an online publication in 2001, at the age of 18. She wrote her first novel in 2009, “Lost In You,” followed by the “Dream Catchers” Series. She was the first person ever to professionally interview Taylor Swift and has received personal endorsements for her books from members of boy bands Backstreet Boys and 98 Degrees. Recently, she has been seeing some tremendous momentum in book sales on Kindle. She has been included on the “50 Writers You Should Be Reading” list by The Authors Show, and “Dream Catchers”, “Breaking The Moon” and “Indigo Waters” reached the Top 100 Best Selling Coming of Age novels in Amazon’s Kindle Store. What makes this even more unique, is that Sandy relocated from NY to Nashville in order to write “The Watch Dog,” which is set in a fictional town outside of Music City. “The Watch Dog” reached the Top 10 Ghost Stories on Amazon. Aside from her writing projects, Sandy is also a freelance digital strategist.

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