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Vocalist Of The Year: Keith Slack - for his work on Steelhouse Lane and on tour with Michael Schenker.
Worst Albums of the Year :
Lynch Mob, Zimmers Hole, Scorpions, British Rock Symphony (except for Jack and Tommy's tune...), Appetite For Reconstruction.
The 'Survivor' award for BAND NAMING RIGHTS: Saxon - for their sad recent dispute.
The 'Japanese Label' one last cash-in award: TIE! Bryan Adams for his horrible new 'Best Of Me' release, Harem Scarem (or Warner Japan) for 'Ballads' and Queen for the totally unnecessary 'Great Hits 3' release.
The Success In Replacement Vocalist Award: Journey
The Failure in Replacement Vocalist Award: Van Halen
The 'Kiss' Most Money For Least Work Award: Europe - for their upcoming 20 minute reunion gig!
The Biggest Packaging Screw-up: Europe (again) - for one re-release pressing of their Final Countdown single, missing a vitally placed letter 'O'.
The Passing Themselves Off As Something They're Not Award: TIE! Axel Rose for his contempt for fans calling Oh My God a new Guns N Roses single & George Lynch for releasing his rotten new album under the Lynch Mob banner.
The About Time Award: Sony Music for releasing the new Toto album in the US 3 months after it's international release.
The Just Release The Bloody Thing Award: TIE! Danger Danger (Return Of & Cockroach), Poison (Crack A Smile), John Sykes and Brian McDonald
The Welcome Back Award: TIE! Marcie Free, Mitch Malloy & Terry Brock.
The Go Away Award:Krokus
The Three Musketeers Award: Johnny Lima, Jimmy Lawrence & Danny Danzi.
The Bite The Hand That Feeds Award: Beggars & Thieves for announcing in an interview with German magazine 'Melodic Journey' that they hope the Internet will shut down all record labels 'like MTM'....(?!)
The Villan of The 90's: MTV Yep, not grunge or Kurt Cobain...MTV for single handedly deciding to pull the rug from under commercial hard rock and replace it over night. Shame Shame Shame.
The Positive Sign Award: VH1 For dedicating time and resources to fine music. Both in terms of developing shows (The List, Storytellers, Where Are The Now) and actually playing new video clips (from the bands that still bother to make them).