Dr. Dre and Dogg win big in first rap awards show

Dr. Dre and Snoop Doggy Dogg were among the big winners when the Source Awards -- the world's first rap-oriented awards show -- were handed out in New York's Paramount theater Monday night.

Dre, easily the evening's biggest winner, took home trophies for Artist of the Year (Solo), Album of the Year and Producer of the Year. Among those productions was Snoop Doggy Dogg's debut, "Doggy Style," a title that helped Snoop win the New Artist of the Year (Solo) and Lyricist of the Year awards.


Staten Island's Wu-Tang Clan were named New Artist of the Year (Group) -- beating out Grammy winners Digable Planets, among others -- and also earned the Single of the Year trophy for "Method Man." The Motion Picture Soundtrack of the Year award went to "Menace II Society," which featured songs by Spice 1, MC Eight and Kam. MC Eight won the Best Acting Award for his dramatic role in the film.

Other victories included A Tribe Called Quest for Artist of the Year (Group); Mary J. Blige for R&B; Artist of the Year; Buju Banton for Dancehall Artist of the Year; and KRS-One (of Boogie Down Productions) for Live Performer of the Year. Video of the Year was Ice Cube's "Check Yo Self."


Winners were chosen by readers of The Source, a New York-based publication that bills itself as "The Magazine of Hip-Hop Music, Culture & Politics."

Having a hip-hop awards show was "no stroke of genius," said David Mays, publisher of The Source. "This is something every fan of hip-hop has thought about at one time or another. When the Grammys created their rap category, each year as the nominations came out, that would be the category of discussion. People [in hip-hop] would talk about how we need our own awards show.

"There've been attempts made to try to do it, but it's never really been done."

The awards show, which featured performances by 2Pac, the Wu-Tang Clan, Onyx and Run-D.M.C., was not televised. "We felt that would give us a few advantages," Mays said. "First, it would give us the chance to experiment, test it out before we had to deal with television. It would also allow us to do the show in a completely uncensored way, make it more live and raw. "

Mays adds that with the success of this first show, "we would be in a greater position of strength in negotiating for a TV situation."