LORDS OF THE DANCE!

The cream of the dance scene attend the London ceremony - and have a "fuckin' good drink" afterwards...

FATBOY SLIM, DAVID MORALES, JUDGE JULES and SONIQUE were amongst those who descended upon LONDON’s ALEXANDRA PALACE last night (June 6) to celebrate the DANCESTAR AWARDS 2001.

The Awards ceremony itself was presented by Gail Porter and Erick Morillo, and featured live performances from the likes of Faithless, Pied Piper and Architechs.

The first act to be acclaimed was Spiller, who collected the Record Of The Year award for ‘Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love)’. The Italian producer later went on to notch up further successes in both the Best Chart Act and Best House Act.

Veteran superstar DJ Fatboy Slim picked up the Best Breakbeat/Eclectic Act in his own inimitable style. As with previous awards ceremonies, Norman Cook simply held up a piece of paper proclaiming: ‘Acid House Forever’. No such reservations for fellow DJ Carl Cox as he accepted the Best Club DJ award and invited everyone to “go to the party and have a fuckin’ good drink!”

Best Garage Act went to Wookie and Lain for their track ‘Battle’, which featured among stiff competition, and German ubermeister Timo Maas scooped Best Trance Act for ‘Ubik’ featuring Martin Bettinghaus. Daft Punk, meanwhile, were champions of the Best Album category for their ‘Discovery’ LP, beating the likes of Fatboy Slim and Sonique, while the latter picked up the Dance Star Of The Year award for her tune ‘Feels So Good’.

On the club scene, Best Club Night went to Bugged Out! for their residency at Cream, whilst Ibiza’s Space was victorious in the Best Club section. Ministry of Sound were winners of the Best Event award for the audacious Millennium Dome party.

Veterans and newcomers were celebrated in the final awards of the evening, with Darude entering the limelight with the award for Best Breakthrough Act. Carl Cox then took to the podium for the second time to accept the Outstanding Contribution To Worldwide Dance Music from his fellow DJs and producers, while the evergreen Danny Tenaglia brought the assembled masses to their feet as he lifted the award for Lifetime Achievement. Cox and Tenaglia then performed DJ sets at the ensuing aftershow party.

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