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FATBOY SLIM, SPILLER and SASHA were amongst those nominated for awards at the star-studded launch for the DANCESTAR AWARDS 2001 last night (April 24).

Fatboy Slim garnered the most nominations, being shortlisted for Best Club DJ, Album of the Year, DanceStar of the Year, Best Breakbeat/Eclectic Act and Best Video.

The nominations, which were hosted by Gail Porter and Brandon Block, also saw Spiller and Sonique each receiving nominations in four different categories.

The event, which was held at London’s AKA Bar, saw the likes of model Melinda Messenger and DJ Alex P in attendance, and featured a DJ set from Bent, as well as a live showcase from the UK garage act Pied Piper and the Masters of the Ceremony.

Speaking to NME.COM after performing their cut ‘Do You Really Like It?’, which has just been signed to Ministry Of Sound / Relentless, the band’s Unknown MC commented: “Just ask Damon from Blur what he thinks of UK garage – it’s taking off mate!”

“Anyone who’s got an ounce of soul in them will like it. It’s coming from the streets and it’s representing the UK right now,” he added.

Bent, meanwhile, played a varied DJ set which included tracks like Sueno Latino’s ‘Sueno Latino’ and Man Parish’s ‘Hip Hop Be Bop’. “We’re just a couple of producers who play records”, commented Simon from Bent. “We just play random records and see what happens – it’s always funny playing to a crowd like this.” Bent received a nomination in the Best Breakbeat/Eclectic Act for their single ‘Swollen’.

NME.COM also caught up infamous DJsBrandon Block and Alex P. “We’re the most rebellious bastards in dance music – it’s like rock and roll never happened,” said Brandon. Alex P joked: “What awards are these anyway?”

The award ceremony takes place on June 6 at London’s Alexandra Palace and will be broadcast on MTV’s Dance Channel. Other notable nominees include Zombie Nation for Best Trance Act, Wookie and Mirwais for Best Producer, Danny Tenaglia, Sasha and Fergie in Best Club DJ and Bugged Out! and Bedrock in the Best Club Night category.