We try not to care too hard about awards ceremonies, but it's worth mentioning the nominees for the PLUG awards, the ceremony dedicated to doling out the accolades for the indie artists of the world.
Nominations we were especially happy to see this year are Spank Rock, The Coup, and J Dilla for Hip-Hop Album Of The Year, Ellen Allien for Female Artist Of The Year (yes, it's a slightly stupid category, but the woman still deserves the praise), and an impressive selection of electronic and DJ album nominations that most certainly don't involve trance.
All nominations are chosen by a group of industry professionals, but it's up to you to cast your vote and see your favorite artists and albums win. This year's nominations are in two different categories, general and obsessive. Vote in as many categories as you like, and don't forget to choose your favorite magazine!
The PLUG Awards Ceremony will take place on February 10, 2007 at New York's Irving Plaza.