The winners of the Naomi awards have been announced.
The awards, named after supermodel Naomi Campbell in recognition of her 1994 flop album "Babywoman", dis-honour Britain's worst music acts.
Sponsors Music Choice said: "Most awards take themselves too seriously. The Naomis recognise those who shouldn't have enjoyed what little success they have had."
The 'winners' were as follows:
Worst British Group: Blue Worst British Male: Jamie Cullum Worst British Female: Rachel Stevens Worst British Single: "I Believe My Heart" by Duncan James and Keedie Worst British Album: "The Meaning of Love" by Michelle McManus Worst International Male: b>Brian McFadden Worst International Female: Nadia Worst International Group: Westlife Worst International Album: "The Long Road Back" by Peter Andre Worst International Breakthrough: DJ Casper Worst British Breakthrough Act: McFly Worst British Attempt at Rock: Busted Worst Pop Act: Sam & Mark Worst Live Act: Pete Doherty Least Convincing Urban Act: Blazin' Squad Outstandingly Bad Contribution to Music: Louis Walsh
The awards were voted for by members of the music industry and press.
HOWARD JONES will release a DVD of his celebrated 20th Anniversary concert, filmed in London in 2003, from March 4th in a series of staggered release dates according to country. The double disc package also features guest appearances from NENA, NICK BEGGS and MIDGE URE and photographs, interviews and additional material and will be released in the UK on March 28th.
KYLIE MINOGUE and NEW ORDER have both been confirmed as headline acts at the forthcoming Glastonbury Festival, with The White Stripes heading the third night. The festival will run from June 24th-26th. NEW ORDER are also rumoured to be headlining the V Festival in Chelmsford and Stafford on August 20th and 21st. The band will also be playing live at the forthcoming NME Awards in London on February 17th.
THE PROCLAIMERS are working on a new album for release later in 2005. The Scottish duo have also announced a live appearance at the Trowbridge Festival on July 23rd and are expected to announce more live shows from May onwards. SWING OUT SISTER have added more dates to their upcoming UK tour. The duo will now be playing shows in Manchester, Leeds and Bristol in addition to their three-night run at London's Jazz Cafe.
JAPAN frontman DAVID SYLVIAN will release a remix album 'The Good Son vs The Only Daughter' this week. The album will feature a series of remixes of tracks from Sylvian's recent album 'Blemish'.
GARY NUMAN will release a new DVD 'Hope Bleeds' on march 7th. The live release was filmed in Manchester in 2003 and features an exlusive new track 'Jagged' which will appear on Numan's forthcoming album 'Jagged Halo' which will be released later this year. FIVE STAR have announced a number of appearances throughout 2005.
THE CURE will continue their series of reissues in April with the release of expanded and remastered versions of 'Seventeen Seconds', 'Faith' and 'Pornography'. Each album has been remastered and features a vast range of additional tracks and alternate versions compiled by frontman ROBERT SMITH plus deluxe packaging featuring sleevenotes and rare and previously unseen photographs.
HEAVEN 17 mainman GLENN GREGORY is to release a special album ('Sound Echo Location') and DVD ('Vision Echo Location') package from his Honeyroot project on March 28th. 'Sound Echo Location' has been described as 'evocative soundscapes covering a wide range of styles from balearic breaks to trip hop. leftfield electronica and breaks...'.
Morrissey has apparently pulled out of a duet with Robbie Williams planned for next week's Brit Awards.
Reported in today's Sun newspaper, an insider revealed that a proposed appearance by the unlikely pairing was quashed after the former Smiths' singer got cold feet. The unnamed insider explained: "It was all set to go and then Morrissey decided it was not the right thing for him to do. He has passed on his apologies to Robbie." What they were proposed to sing has not been revealed.
Morrissey will be battling it out against Jamie Cullum, Lemar, Will Young and Mike Skinner of The Streets for the title of Best British Male at Wednesday's awards.
Robbie Williams' "Angels" is pitted against Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart", Kate Bush's "Wuthering Heights", Queen's "We Are the Champions" and Will Young's "Leave Right Now" in the Brits 25 Best Song category.