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SPIKE LEE, KANYE WEST and WILL SMITH are among the stars nominated for the first ever award ceremony in memory of slain hip-hop star JAM MASTER JAY.

The J.A.M awards, which will take place on 29 November (07) in New York City, aims to recognise outstanding efforts in promoting social justice, arts and music.

The Run DMC DJ, real name Jason Mizell, was gunned down in his Queens, New York, studio in October 2002.

Chuck D, Dr Cornell West and Smith are up for the Justice Award, while Lee, Robert L. Johnston and Lee Quinones are nominated in the Arts Award category.

West, Nelly and Wyclef Jean will battle it out for the Music Award.

The awards seek to promote music and arts education among urban schools.


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But at the same time...if ANYONE other than FP wins, it'll be an insult 2 JMJ. Chuck D is the only other person that represents the old school and truely represents Hip-Hop with a standard.

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Public Enemy leader Chuck D and rapper/producer Kanye West are among the nominees for the inaugural J.A.M. Awards.

The event, which will take place Nov. 29 at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City, is the latest endeavor from the Jam Master Jay Foundation for Music, an organization created in honor of the late Run DMC memberby his wife Terri Corley-Mizell, DMC and close friends to support music and arts education in rural and urban schools.

In addition to the awards ceremony, a concert will be held featuring Snoop Dogg, Marley Marl, Mobb Deep, De La Soul, Dead Prez, Papoose, Raekwon, Q-Tip, Everlast featuring DJ Muggs, DMC, Kid Capri, Mister Sinister, EPMD, Lord Finesse, Bumpy Knuckles, DJ Kay Slay and Jim Jones.

Created by EPOP International Founder and CEO David Clark and New York graffiti legend/Lordz of Brooklyn front man "Kaves," the J.A.M. awards and concert showcase the most positive aspects of rap as well as celebrate the life and legacy of Jam Master Jay.

The event is presented by the Jam Master Jay Foundation for Music and EPOP International, withsupport from adidas, The Fader and New York radio station Hot 97.

J.A.M. awards nominees were chosen by Foundation board members for their outstanding efforts in promoting social Justice, Arts & Music ("J.A.M.").

Tickets to the J.A.M. awards and concert are on sale now at Ticketmaster


The following is the list of J.A.M. awards nominees:

Justice Award: Chuck D, Dr. Cornell West and Will Smith

Arts Award: Spike Lee, Robert L. Johnson and Lee Quinones

Music Award: Nelly, Wyclef Jean and Kanye West

What a great line-up...compared to the other categories the Justice Award has the hardest competition!

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