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Pharrell Lead Vibe Award Nominations

Posted By on October 8, 2003

With five nominations, Pharrell Williams leads the field for the inaugural Vibe Awards. Set for Nov. 20 at the Santa Monica (Calif.) Civic Center, the event will be hosted by Queen Latifah and broadcast as a two-hour special the next night on UPN.

Performers and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks.
Williams earned a mention in the most stylish category, while his guest turn on Snoop Dogg’s “Beautiful” garnered nods in the reelest video, hottest hook and coolest collabo. His production duo the Neptunes (with Chad Hugo) and group N.E.R.D are up as a single entry in the tightest team players category.

Beyoncé and 50 Cent follow with four nods apiece, while Sean Paul, Snoop Dogg and Jay-Z each earned three. Beyoncé, 50 Cent and Sean Paul are nominated for artist of the year. That category is rounded out by double-nominees Missy Elliott and R. Kelly.

The Vibe magazine editorial staff determined nominations; a panel of music journalists and entertainment executives will decide winners in all but one category. The winner of the “next” award for new artists will be voted on by fans via the Vibe’s officila website

Chingy, Joe Budden, Bone Crusher, David Banner and Freeway will vie for the honor.

Here are a list of the nominees:

Artist of the year:
50 Cent
Sean Paul
Missy Elliott
R. Kelly

Tightest team players:
Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz
N.E.R.D./The Neptunes
The Roots

Sexiest video vixen:
Pasha (“Ma, I Don’t Love Her,” Clipse)
Tae Herkard (“I Know What You Want,” Busta Rhymes and Mariah Carey)
Ebony Jackson (“Right Thrurr,” Chingy)
Ambrosia Williams (“How You Want That,” Loon)
Jeanette Chavis (“Excuse Me Miss,” Jay-Z)

Most influential region:
St. Louis
New York
Los Angeles

Reelest video:
“Beautiful,” Snoop Dogg featuring Pharrell
“Crazy in Love,” Beyoncé featuring Jay-Z
“Work It,” Missy Elliott
“Hey Ya!,” Outkast
“Get Busy,” Sean Paul

Most stylish:
P. Diddy
Mary J. Blige


Dopest album:
“Get Rich or Die Tryin’,” 50 Cent
“Chocolate Factory,” R. Kelly
“Dutty Rock,” Sean Paul
“God’s Son,” Nas
“Justified,” Justin Timberlake

Hottest hook:
“In Da Club,” 50 Cent
“Right Thurr,” Chingy
“Beautiful,” Snoop Dogg featuring Pharrell
“Never Scared,” Bone Crusher
“Get Low,” Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz

Enterprising entrepreneur:
P. Diddy
Damon Dash
Russell Simmons

J. Lo
Dr. Dre

Coolest collabo:
“Crazy in Love,” Beyoncé featuring Jay-Z
“Beautiful,” Snoop Dogg featuring Pharrell
“I Know What You Want,” Busta Rhymes featuring Mariah Carey
“Like a Pimp,” David Banner featuring Lil’ Flip
“Magic Stick,” Lil’ Kim featuring 50 Cent

Joe Budden
Bone Crusher
David Banner