10th Annual Armenian Music Awards

2002 Armenian Music Awards

November 24, 2002, THE ALEX Glendale, California
Produced by Peter Bahlawanian (AMFA)

  1. Best Alternative Folk Album
  2. Best Traditional Instrumental Album
  3. Best Traditional Album
  4. Best Newcomer of the Year
  5. Best Compilation Album Music by Composer
  6. Best Modern Contemporary Album
  7. Best Popular Retro Album
  8. Best Liturgical Album
  9. Best Jazz Fusion Album
  10. Best Female Vocalist
  11. Best Popular Album
  12. Best Original Contemporary Album (The Stepan Lousikian Award)
  13. Best Male Vocalist
  14. Best Modern Instrumental Album (The Michael Ganian Award)
  15. Best Music Video
  16. Best Dance Album
  17. Best Original Song
  18. Best Album Cover
  19. Best Entertainment Show of the Year
  20. Best AMA Commercial of the Year
  21. Anoush Humanitarian Award
  22. Lifetime Achievement Award
  23. Anoush Peace & Unity Awareness Award
  24. World Artist of the Year

Best Alternative Folk Album

WINNER The Anoush Hngyak Ari Im Sokhak

Best Alternative Folk AlbumNOMINEES:

  • The Anoush Hngyak Ari Im Sokhak
  • Gor Mkhitarian Yeraz
  • Vahram Tatikian For Your Love
  • Eduard Zorikian Ovgian Gyanke

Best Traditional Instrumental Album

WINNER Sarkis Petrosyan Armenian Santoor

Santoor is the granddaddy of keyboard instruments. It goes back more than three millennia, when much raw material for making music came from animal parts.

Best Traditional Instrumental AlbumNOMINEES:

  • Hovik & Hakop Karapetyan Im Hasake
  • Karen Gevorkian Folk Sensation
  • Setrak Hovhovhannesian Light, Life and Music...
  • Harout Gevorkyan Primitive Sounds
  • Sarkis Petrosyan Armenian Santoor

Best Traditional Album

WINNER Rouben Matevosyan In Bygone Days

From The Treasures of The Armenian National Radio Series Selection made from 1974 - 1993 The Armenian National Radio archive recordings.

Best Traditional AlbumNOMINEES:

  • Tatoul Altounian Sarkilari Sayat Nova Korosu
  • Rouben Matevosyan In Bygone Days
  • Varduhi Khachatrian The Queen of Traditional Music
  • Aramais Martirosyan Doun En Glkhen
  • Hovhannes Babakhanyan Hambere Hogis

Best Newcomer of the Year

WINNER Arthur Ispirian Three Candles

Smash sophomore album from Armenian pop music sensation Ispir (Arthur Ispirian). From stylish funk and sultry streamers to joyous grooves and emotional ballads, he presents a masterful showcase of vocal capabilities.

Best Newcomer of the YearNOMINEES:

  • Zaruhi Babayan The Road To...
  • Hovhannes Babakhanyan Hambere Hogis
  • Arthur Ispirian Three Candles
  • Hovhannes Shahbazyan Im Mayrik
  • Gor Mkhitarian Yeraz

Best Compilation Album Music by Composer

WINNER The Armenian Jazz Band Starband

The second release from the prize winner band led by Armen Martirosyan. In a set of popular songs, the band is featuring most popular Armenian contemporary singers, such as Shushan Petrosyan, Aramo, Goga Gohar Gevorgian, Emma Petrosian, Michael Poghosian, Hayko, Emma Asatryan, Forsh, Radik Gabrilian, Liana.

Best Traditional Instrumental AlbumNOMINEES:

  • The Armenian Jazz Band Starband
  • Compilation Sounds of Armenia
  • Ida Aghakhanian Ida & Friends
  • Aram Avagyan Shnorhakal Em
  • Arthur Grigorian Yesterday, Today, and ...

Best Modern Contemporary Album

WINNER Alla Levonyan Msho Aghchik

Alla Levonyan on a set of Armenian traditional songs. Also included songs from Arthur Grigorian.

Best Modern Contemporary AlbumNOMINEES:

  • Sone Sweet Twilight
  • Michael Poghosian Songs
  • Alla Levonyan Msho Aghchik
  • Suzan Markarian Handipum
  • Lusine Poghosyan Shadow

Best Popular Retro Album

WINNER Zaruhi Babayan The Road To...

With her astounding ability to communicate the essence of a song through her expressive vocal styling, Zaruhi Babayan has emerged as one of Armenia's premier talents. She truly shines on these smartly orchestrated versions of Shalakho, Berd, Cilicia.

Best Popular Retro AlbumNOMINEES:

  • Zaruhi Babayan The Road To...
  • Flora Martirosyan Kele Lao
  • Hovhannes Shahbazyan Im Mayrik

Best Liturgical Album

WINNER Lusavorich Choir Arevagal In Geghard

Lusavorich Choir of the Vazgenian Seminary of Sevan Supervisor: Very Reverend Ter Bagrat Galstanian Choirmaster: Acolyte Arthur Petrosian, division IV

Best Liturgical AlbumNOMINEES:

  • Marieta Anasyan Sourp Sourp
  • Hover Chamber Choir of Armenia Armenian Voices
  • The State Academic Choir of Armenia Komitas
  • Hrashk Manoukner 1700
  • Lusavorich Choir Arevagal In Geghard

Best Jazz Fusion Album

WINNER Levon Ichkhanian Travels

Best Jazz Fusion AlbumNOMINEES:

  • Levon Tevkantz Life, Death & Resurrection
  • The Wheelers Armenian Jazz Project: Old Folks
  • Levon Ichkhanian Travels
  • Chico & Friends The Quartet

Best Female Vocalist

WINNER Zaruhi Babayan The Road To...

With her astounding ability to communicate the essence of a song through her expressive vocal styling, Zaruhi Babayan has emerged as one of Armenia's premier talents. She truly shines on these smartly orchestrated versions of Shalakho, Berd, Cilicia.

Best Female VocalistNOMINEES:

  • Heghine Pearl Moon
  • Alla Levonyan Msho Aghchik
  • Elvina Makarian For Love
  • Zaruhi Babayan The Road To...
  • Suzan Markarian Handipum

Best Popular Album

WINNER Adiss Harmandian Djaheloutioun

Adiss' 2002 release.

Best Popular AlbumNOMINEES:

  • Paul Baghdadlian Mortsir
  • Artash Asatrian Havata Havata
  • Armen Anunt Inch E
  • Vahe Panosyan Dream Vol.1
  • Adiss Harmandian Djaheloutioun

Best Original Contemporary Album (The Stepan Lousikian Award)

WINNER Elvina Makarian For Love

The renown Armenian Diva turns the temperature up on this assertive set. It is brilliantly blended streetwise soul and Armenian R&B; stylish, seductive, appealing urban contemporary soul that confirms Elvina's unlimited talents. It is safe to say, that Elvina Makarian is one of the greatest Armenian singer-songwriters of our time.

Best Original Contemporary Album (The Stepan Lousikian Award)NOMINEES:

  • Forsh The Greatest Hits
  • Sona Avagyan Sweet Armenian Water
  • Heghine Pearl Moon
  • Arthur Ispirian Three Candles
  • Elvina Makarian For Love

Best Male Vocalist

WINNER Hovhannes Shahbazyan Im Mayrik

Best Male VocalistNOMINEES:

  • Arthur Ispirian Three Candles
  • Michael Poghosian Songs
  • Joseph Krikorian Portsank Es
  • Hovhannes Shahbazyan Im Mayrik
  • Adiss Harmandian Djaheloutioun

Best Modern Instrumental Album (The Michael Ganian Award)

WINNER Milco Leviev Chickpeas Soundtrack

A film by Nigol Pezjian Chickpeas

Best Modern Instrumental Album (The Michael Ganian Award)NOMINEES:

  • Sourik Mehrabian Khosir Im Sazs
  • Alen Alen
  • Milco Leviev Chickpeas Soundtrack
  • Martin Aharonyan Inspiration
  • Yervand & Ando Thinking of You

Best Music Video

WINNER Aida Sargsyan Lorke from the album Siro Lchak

Best Music VideoNOMINEES:

  • Sussie Harutunian Jampar
  • Artash Asatrian Amen Ankam from the album Havata Havata
  • Aida Sargsyan Lorke from the album Siro Lchak
  • Zaruhi Babayan Adana from the album The Road To...
  • Armen Anunt Inch E from the album Anunt Inch E

Best Dance Album

WINNER R.E.G. Project Harem

Best Dance AlbumNOMINEES:

  • Sako Clubmix
  • Lilit Karapetyan For You
  • R.E.G. Project Harem
  • Liana Faith
  • Mais The Beginning

Best Original Song

Best Original SongWINNER Aram Avagyan Ari-Ari from the album Shnorhakal Em performed by Liana

Best Album Cover

WINNER Gor Mkhitarian Yeraz

"A deep soulful approach to Armenian folk music. Both mournful and inspiring, Gor Mkhitarian delivers with an abundance of enjoyable listening." --Martin Curti, New World Buzz

Best Album CoverNOMINEES:

  • Heghine Pearl Moon
  • Gor Mkhitarian Yeraz
  • The Armenian Jazz Band Starband
  • R.E.G. Project Harem
  • Mais The Beginning

Best Entertainment Show of the Year

WINNER Z Project Productions Z Project

NOMINEES:

  • Demq Productions Demq Show
  • Meridian Productions Grisha & Friends
  • Z Project Productions0 Z Project
  • Chaterian Productions World of Music
  • CNWN Productions 60 Minutes Around the World
  • Xpress TV Productions Xpress TV

Best AMA Commercial of the Year

WINNER Directed by Z Project Productions Old Lady

NOMINEES:

  • Directed by Artak Sevada Partial Disappearance
  • Directed by Vic Aslanyan Flashback
  • Directed by Z Project Productions Old Lady
  • Directed by Aram Petrosyan & Vic Aslanyan Extreme Motion
  • Directed by Demq Productions The Band
  • Directed by Peter Bahlawanian You Ready

Anoush Humanitarian Award

Winner America-Russia Cultural Development Fund

Lifetime Achievement Award

Winner Composer Robert Amirkhanyan

Lifetime Achievement Award

Anoush Peace & Unity Awareness Award

World Artist of the Year

Winner Arto Tunjboyajyan

World Artist of the Year

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