2001 Armenian Music Awards

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November 16, 2001, THE ALEX Glendale, California
Produced by Peter Bahlawanian (AMFA)

Best Modern Contemporary Album

WINNER
Yerso Zartonk

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Best Modern Instrumental Album

WINNER
Aroutoun Ansourian Caravan

Soprano saxophone instrumentals of popular melodies from A. Harutyunyan, A. Ayvazyan, A. Khachaturyan, A. Babajanian.

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Best International Album

WINNER Jon Varto Giorni

Set of original Italian songs.

NOMINEES: Jon Varto Giorni Robert Chilingirian Tik-Tik Khachik Zenian Italian Romantic Memories Helen Secret of Helen

Best New World Fusion Album

WINNER Ara Gevorgian Khor Virab

Ara Gevorgian offers an intriguing fusion of traditional Armenian, indigenous styles and new musical ideas.

NOMINEES: Vanian & Berujanian Brake Ara Gevorgian Khor Virab Deleyaman 00 / 01

Best Original Contemporary Album

WINNER Aramo & Emma Petrosian Black & White

Emma and Aramo on a set of groovy originals.

NOMINEES: Irina Malkhasian Image Heghine Heghine Elon The Color of My World Ardzagank Mtourumner Aramo & Emma Petrosian Black & White

Best Male Vocalist

WINNER Harut Hagopian

NOMINEES: Harut Hagopian Papin Poghosian Rouban Matevosyan Gagik Badalian Andre Danik

Best Female Vocalist

WINNER Shushan Petrosyan

Shushan Petrosyan possesses a voice with substance and a solid-gold catch she showcases to great effect... Shushan is a true Armenian contemporary vocal stylist, and while the format may be crowded with talented lady singers, few ring with her credibility and power.

NOMINEES: Nune Yesayan Shushan Petrosyan Emma Petrosian Yerso Narine Shahbazian

Best Jazz Fusion Album

WINNER The Armenian Jazz Band Mountain Dance

Led by Armen Martirosyan, one of the most progressive contemporary composers and arrangers, The Armenian Jazz Band took Armenian ethnic jazz to a different dimension. Masterfully fused with national instruments (duduk, dhol, shvi, pku), the pieces are both groovy and mystic. As Chick Corea wrote: "This music is alive and unique, adventurous and beautiful."

NOMINEES: Nartex Spirit World Time Report Return Artashes Kartalyan No Problem The Armenian Jazz Band Mountain Dance

Best Pop Retro Album

WINNER Nune Yesayan Love

Nune Yesayan's latest and much anticipated CD is all about Love. There are 13 original and traditional Armenian songs set to authentic Armenian, classical, and upbeat modern melodies. Love is Nune's fifth album and is released on the heels of her Millennium Tour around the globe. On this new CD, she sings about love - romantic, maternal, paternal, and fraternal and love for one's people and ethnic heritage. Featuring Jivan Gasparyan, duduk

NOMINEES: Arthur Khachaturyan Yerevani Sirun Aghchik Nune Yesayan Love Gohar Goga Gevorgyan Siretsi Gagik Badalian Fantastic Dream Rouben Matevosyan Hayastan

Best Classical Album

WINNER Parsegh Ganatchian Complete Works One of the most illustrious pupils of Komirtas, Parsegh Ganatchian stands out as a unique composer who has continued his master's legacy. Despite the fact that he never lived in Armenia, he was able to absorb the essence of the western Armenian musical fountain of Komitas, and infuse it with his own creativity to produce songs of great appeal and charm which continue to delight listeners.

NOMINEES: Parsegh Ganatchian Complete Works Armenian State Radio & TV Chamber Choir Self-titled Margot Dilmaghani Celebration Armenian Chorus of Greater Boston Erebuni

Best Popular Album

WINNER Aram Asatryan Asem Te Chasem

NOMINEES: Vartan Berberian Gasgadz Chounenas Armen Allo Du Es? Aram Asatryan Asem Te Chasem Harut Hagopian Du Chekar Papin Poghosian Bakhts Sern E Ko

Best Traditional Instrumental Album

WINNER Yeghish Manoukian Echo of the Mountains Yeghish Manoukian is one of the most prominent Armenian duduk players in the world today. Recorded live in Detroit, MI, this unique recording includes his group of musicians. Professionally trained artists perform on the duduk, kanun, shvi and davoul. Special vocal appearances from the youthful sounds of Gagik Badalian and Hovannes Shahbazian are also included. Favorite folk and dance songs are included on this album. If you have not journeyed to Armenia, hear the next best thing. These musicians are remarkable and have rarely been heard performing authentic Armenian folk songs in this special combination!

NOMINEES: Hakop Khalatian Sayat Nova Armen Stepanian Ancient Lands Arsen Grigoryan Hayots Guyner Sedrak Hovhannesian Light, Life and Music... Yeghish Manoukian Echo of the Mountains

Best Children's Album

WINNER Vaco Playground

Vaco is back with his new release to entertain & teach our children.

NOMINEES: Maral Torikian Maralig-Maralig Vaco Playground Anahit Goudzousian Hay Mnank Gohar & Kristine Haroutunian Children's Songs 2 Mayrer Children's Songs In Armenian

Best Dance Album

WINNER Grisha Aghakhanian Grisha Aghakhanian & Friends Member of "Top 10 Rabiz I, II & III" Grigor Aghakhanian came up with his own project "Grisha Aghakhanian & Friends". Teamed up with the Diaspora's best pop and rabiz singers Grigor Aghakhanian created another unique blend of rabiz with contemporary music

NOMINEES: Grisha Aghakhanian Grisha Aghakhanian & Friends Sako Silence Dzo Fm Millennium Vol.2 Andre Danik Guilty Sahak Telikyan Ignition

Best Traditional Album

WINNER Margarit Shahinyan Im Aryan Kanche

NOMINEES: Haroutik Bareghamyan Hrashk Manuke Gurgen Dabaghian Self-titled Rima Saribekyan Veradardz Margarit Shahinyan Im Aryan Kanche Chookasian Armenian Concert Ensemble Avantagan

Best Album Cover

WINNER Yerso Zartonk

NOMINEES: Nune Yesayan Love Armen Allo Du Es? Sako Silence Time Report Return Yerso Zartonk

Best Original Song

WINNER Shushan Petrosyan Hayrenik from the album New Century Songbook This splendid debut is quite a revelation and easily one of the best albums to come out of Armenia this year. Edgar Gyanjumyan, emerging to Armenia's music scene at very young age, has already established himself as a mature composer. His songs are in repertoire of many Armenian pop stars.

NOMINEES Elon Sun & the Moon from the album The Color of My World Aram Asatryan Surb Sarkis from the album Asem Te Chasem Alla Levonyan Ereko from the album New Century Songbook Shushan Petrosyan Hayrenik from the album New Century Songbook Harut Hagopian Yes Kez Chem Nerir from the album Du Chekar

Best Newcomer

WINNER Irina Malkhasian Image Long-awaited release from the multi-talented singer-songwriter. The bulk of the material is self-composed, and includes Image, The Blue Samba, That is Love and more.

NOMINEES: Haroutik Bareghamyan Hrashk Manuke Heghine Heghine Irina Malkhasian Image Gohar Goga Gevorgyan Siretsi Cascade Folk Trio Cascade

Favorite Singer Voted by the People

WINNER Tata

NOMINEES: Andy Aram Asatryan Tata Nune Yesayan Harout Pamboukjian

Best Alternative Folk Album

WINNER Rouben Hakhverdian Yerg

Ruben's 2000 release on Parseghian Records label.

NOMINEES: Armen Movsisyan Wings of Hope Rouben Hakhverdian Yerg Arto Tuncboyacian New Apricot

Best Compilation Album

WINNER Edgar Gyanjumyan New Century Songbook This splendid debut is quite a revelation and easily one of the best albums to come out of Armenia this year. Edgar Gyanjumyan, emerging to Armenia's music scene at very young age, has already established himself as a mature composer. His songs are in repertoire of many Armenian pop stars.

NOMINEES: Edgar Gyanjumyan New Century Songbook Compilation Mystic Moods Compilation Genocide Marine Ales My Poplars Compilation Hit Parade

Best Aural Tradition Album

WINNER Hayrik Mouradian Musical Relics Of Armenia The Armenian folk song art, emanating from time immemorial, has reached us, having been verbally passed on from generation to generation. It witnesses and expresses the life of the ordinary people, their toil, thoughts and feelings, love and protest, humor and irony, the strength of their spirit and the beauty of their soul. Moreover, it bears the traces of historical events. This verbal imparting was always due to talented devotees, one of whom was Hayrik Mouradian (1905-2000).

NOMINEES: Margarit Shahinyan Im Aryan Kanche Hayrik Mouradian Musical Relics Of Armenia Karo Chalikian Armenian Folk Songs

Best Music Video

WINNER Sako Ashoun from the album Silence Directed by Koji

NOMINEES: Nune Yesayan Romance from the album Love Directed by Hrant Vartanian Armen Allo Du Es? from the album Allo Du Es? Directed by Souren Sahagian and Hratch Keshishian Sako Ashoun from the album Silence Directed by Koji Suzan Markaryan Veradardz from the album Handipum Directed by Hratch Keshishyan Gohar Goga Gevorgyan Chimanayi from the album Siretsi Directed by Arthur Vartanian

Best TV Entertainment Show of the Year

WINNER Demq Show - Demk Productions

NOMINEES: Grisha Aghakhanian Show - Meridian Studios Mosaic - AMA TV Demq Show - Demq Productions Hit Parade - Art 13 Armenian Arts - Stepan Partamian Productions

Best TV Entertainment Show of the Year

WINNER Sako Concert - Koji Productions

NOMINEES: Sako Concert - Koji Productions Serpentine - Demq Productions Jon Varto - Meridian Productions Reallus - Zeds Dead Productions