The 8th annual StarShine Music Awards (SMAs) nominees has branched out this year to include more rock-based artists like multi-platinum selling acts 30 Seconds To Mars and Goo Goo Dolls, who go head to head for many awards like Album of the Year and Artist of the Year. Also up for the big honors are tween favorite Justin Bieber and party monster Lady Gaga. Bieber grabs the most nominations with 9, setting a new record for most nominations in a year.
What’s surprising is the Backstreet Boys being acknowledged for 7 categories with their latest, slightly under the radar release, This Is Us. “We choose nominees based on their presence on www.starshinemag.com,” explains founding editor, Sandy Lo. “The Backstreet Boys were at the foundation of StarShine when we began in 2001. It’s great to see now that we have popular, fresh acts like Gaga and Bieber that we still have readers that want BSB and Aaron Carter… Read More
America’s known for pumping out vocal harmony groups, AKA boy bands, since Jackson 5 and the Osmonds to New Edition, and of course, more recently Backstreet Boys and ‘N Sync. And now, there’s JLS. Oh, but America is not responsible for birthing this group of fine-tuned, well-dressed, musically gifted lads. Yes, lads—the UK’s equivalent to American Idol, the X-Factor has made JLS stars overseas—even if they were the runner-up in the competition. That didn’t stop this band from selling over 2 million records!