Beck, Morissette, Cray, Frusciante Among Gibson Guitar Awards Nominees
Feb 11, 2000, 12:20 pm PT
The nominees have been announced and the ballots sent out for the 2000 Orville H. Gibson Guitar Awards, which will be handed out Feb. 22 during a luncheon at the Hard Rock Cafe in Los Angeles.
The nominees comprise a mix of six-string veterans, like Jeff Beck, Robert Cray, and John Scofield, along with host of relatively younger players, like Alanis Morissette, Dave Matthews, and John Frusciante.
Bass players are also part of the program: Sam Rivers of Limp Bizkit is nominated in the male category along with rock mainstays Sting and Tony Levin, while Melissa Auf Der Maur of Smashing Pumpkins is up against Aimee Mann on the female side.
Most unusual nomination is probably Amir Derakh of Orgy being listed as one of two contenders for the Les Paul Horizon Award which touts "the most promising new guitarist." Derakh's resume, which goes back to the mid-1980s when he played with metal band Rough Cutt, would seem to preclude such an honor.
Comedian Bill Engvall will host the awards, which are voted on by music industry pros. Ticket proceeds benefit the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Foundation, which helps autistic children via music.
Here is the full list of nominees for the 2000 Orville H. Gibson Guitar Awards:
Best Rock Guitarist (Male):
Best Rock Guitarist (Female):
Best Acoustic Guitarist (Male):
Best Acoustic Guitarist (Female):
Best Country Guitarist (Male):
Best Country Guitarist (Female):
Best Blues Guitarist (Male):
Best Blues Guitarist (Female):
Best Jazz Guitarist (Male):
Best Jazz Guitarist (Female):
Best Bassist (Male):
Best Bassist (Female):
Best Classical Guitarist (Male):
Best Classical Guitarist (Female):
Les Paul Horizon Award -- Most Promising New Guitarist:
-- Troy J. Augusto