2002 - THE YEAR THAT DANCE BROKE

Plus - We've got all the backstage gossip, including Fatboy's baby bliss and Spiller's future plans...

The DANCESTAR AWARDS are set to expand to the USA in 2002, NME.COM can reveal.

Speaking back stage at last night's (June 6) event at the Alexandra Palace in London, Dancestar organiser Andy Ruffel told NME.COM: "The aim of the event is to develop a worldwide platform for dance music and were hoping that Dancestar becomes one of the biggest events in the world over the next two years. Were developing Dancestar USA, which we aim to launch next spring in Miami."

Stars backstage at the Awards also included Spiller, Fatboy Slim and legendary US DJ David Morales.

Its been an amazing year and this makes it even better," Spiller told NME.COM after walking away with the awards for Best House Act, Best Chart Act and Record Of The Year. "To have four nominations and to win three of them was great." Spiller also confirmed that he's currently working on his debut album, and that his forthcoming single 'Cry Baby' will be out at the end of summer.

Crying babies were also a topic of conversation for Norman Cook aka Fatboy Slim. Clutching his Best Breakbeat/Eclectic Act award, he seemed more intent on talking about his son Woody than anything else: "Having a baby really changes your perspective. Until recently, it was one night out after another, but now I have to be sensible during the week, which means I can really let go on Friday nights!"

As well as the winners backstage, several of the presenters and performers joined in the party. Among them were legendary American DJ David Morales, who stopped by on a flying visit before jetting off to Ibiza to take up his weekly residency at Pacha alongside Def Mix colleagues Frankie Knuckles and Satoshi Tomiie. He also revealed to NME.COM that he's been working on the new Mariah Careysingle, which he describes as being like "'Dream Lover' Part Two" .

Also keen to talk about his remix work was the man behind Jakatta, Dave Lee, who revealed he'd just completed remix of Eddy Grant's 'Walking On Sunshine'. I've just done a track with Danny Rampling, Jocelyn Brown and Sugababes, which I'm really happy with," he added.

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