The finalists for the 9th Annual DVD Awards were posted to the Entertainment Media Expo web suite recently. Independent audiophile label AIX Records garnered 6 award nominations, more than any other label… large or small! Film critic Leonard Maltin will present winners their trophies at the EMX awards ceremony, which will be held at the Los Angeles/Universal Hilton Hotel on August 8, 2006. The DVD Awards are the largest and most prestigious awards given to DVDs of all types.
AIX Records received 7 nominations in 2005 and took home the first ever award for “Best DualDisc” for ‘Rumor Mill’ by The Carl Verheyen Band. This year AIX is has two finalists in the “Best Music Performance” including their award winning sampler ‘A High Resolution Music Experience’ and Steve March Tormй ‘Tormй Sings Tormй’. Others nominated in the same category include Brian Setzer Orchestra ‘Christmas Extravaganza’, Neil Young’s ‘Heart of Gold’, Rush’s ‘R30 – 30th Anniversary World Tour’ and U2 ‘Vertigo 2005/Live from Chicago’.
In the Independent Technical – Video Presentation category, AIX Records’ ‘Vantage Point: Resolution’ project featuring Toto drummer Simon Phillips and Keyboardist Jeff Babko competes against Collective Soul’s ‘Home’, Gus Van Sant’s ‘Last Days’ and Rush’s ‘R30 – 30th Anniversary World Tour’. ‘Vantage Point’ was among recent AIX releases originally shot in HD Video.
The Independent Technical – Audio Presentation category is dominated by AIX Records releases, with 3 of the 6 from their catalog. ‘A High Resolution Music Experience’, ‘Moonlight Acoustica’ and Vantage Point’s ‘Resolution’ vie for the award with Bob Dylan’s ‘No Direction Home’, Harry Connick Jr. and Branford Marsalis ‘Duo’ and Rush’s ‘R30 – 30th Anniversary World Tour’.
The DVD Awards are administered by the International Recording Media Association and CMP Information and are managed by Bruce Apar and Douglas Dixon.