News: Beatport Music Awards tags Tommy Lee as host, announces live ceremony in MiamiBy Ricardo Baca | February 11th, 2011 | 1 Comment »
Denver-based online music retailer Beatport started the Beatport Music Awards in 2008, but when this year’s BMAs take over the Gansevoort Hotel in Miami on Mar. 27 –- with Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee as its host –- it will mark the event’s first actual live ceremony.
“Before this year we sent the awards to the artists in the mail,” said Matthew Adell, the CEO of Beatport, which is like iTunes for DJs. “I can’t imagine why we’ve never done this all live before.”
The BMAs, which recognize the best in electronic music, are part of the 7th annual Beatport Beach Party, running Mar. 24-27 at the Gansevoort, which itself coincides with two other annual Miami parties –- the Winter Music Conference and the Ultra Music Festival -– making for the biggest week of electronic music in the world.
Host Lee was a natural selection as host, given his ties to the electronic community.
“Tommy has played drums live with Deadmau5 and Tommy is an electro-house DJ,” Adell continued. “In the ’90s, Tommy was an industrial dance music DJ. I was the vice president of Wax Trax in the ’90s, and I remember Tommy DJing back then.”
The Miami hotel has a large pool and beach area allowing for 4,000-5,000 partygoers, Adell said. The Beatport collective, which also owns Denver club Beta, is looking into possible partners to stream the awards ceremony. The Beatport Beach Party will include performances from Richie Hawtin, Steve Angello, Dubfire and others.
Some of owners in the Beatport/Beta collective are being sued by Denver club kingpin Regas Christou, who is claiming that Beta/Beatport is taking anti-competitive measures — threating DJs’ presence on Beatport to ensure they play Beta when in Denver — and creating an unfair monopoly for club music in Colorado.