(Beverly Hills, California -- December 15, 2005) In a gala event at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, the 2005 Surround Music Awards announced this year’s winners. The event, hosted by Ed Cherney and Elliot Scheiner – along with some help from past host Al Schmitt – was highlighted by the presentation of the 2005 Surround Artist of the Year to Jackson Browne by the members of his Running On Empty band, Russ Kunkel, Leland Sklar, Craig Doerge, and David Lindley. Following Browne’s acceptance speech, singer/songwriter Andrew Gold and Jerry Foskett from the Brian Wilson Band acoustically performed two Jackson Browne hits – Running On Empty and Stay.

The recipients of the 2005 Surround Music Awards are as follows:

SURROUND ARTIST OF THE YEAR
JACKSON BROWNE

SURROUND PIONEER AWARD
PHIL RAMONE

BEST OF SHOW
TALKING HEADS DUAL-DISC BOX SET
Talking Heads
(Rhino Entertainment)

BEST ADDITIONAL FEATURES
RUMOR MILL
The Carl Verheyen Band
(AIX Records)

BEST CONCERT VIDEO
LIVE AT THE APOLLO
Ben Harper & the Blind Boys of Alabama
(Virgin Records/5.1 Production Services)

BEST DUAL-DISC RELEASE
TALKING HEADS DUALDISC BOX SET
Talking Heads
(Rhino Entertainment)

BEST MADE-FOR-SURROUND TITLE
DEADWING
Porcupine Tree
(DTS Entertainment)

BEST MADE-FOR-SURROUND TITLE
GUERO
Beck
(IGA/Interscope)

BEST MENU DESIGN
TALKING HEADS DUAL-DISC BOX SET
Talking Heads
(Rhino Entertainment)

BEST MIX: NON-ORCHESTRAL
TALKING HEADS DUALDISC BOX SET
Talking Heads
(Rhino Entertainment)

BEST MULTICHANNEL REISSUE
CAPTAIN FANTASTIC
Elton John
(UME/Chronicles)

BEST STANDARD RESOLUTION TITLE
ONE SOUL
E3
(Sweet Spot Music Group/3 Bone Audio, Inc.)


HORIZON AWARD
FEELS LIKE FAMILY
Lauren Ellis
(Silverline Records)

MOST ADVENTUROUS MIX
IN SEARCH OF…
N.E.R.D.
(Virgin Records/DTS)

BEST MIX: ORCHESTRAL
REICH AT THE ROXY
Alarm Will Sound
(Sweetspot Music)

LISTENER’S CHOICE AWARD
MASTER OF DISASTER
John Hiatt
(New West)

The SMA winners were announced at a glittering event held in Beverly Hills, California. It was a homecoming of sorts for the Surround Music Awards ceremony that forms the centerpiece of the annual Surround Conference and Expo.  After 2004’s detour combining the specialized Surround Conference with the broader Entertainment Media Expo, Surround 2005 recovered its original mission and focus as a standalone event for recording industry professionals. Once again occupying its familiar venue at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, the two-day Conference brought together a diverse array of engineering, business, and artist perspectives in a series of seminars and demos, with the first day culminating in the 4th annual Surround Music Awards, a celebration and recognition of the finest surround music releases of the past year.

As in the past, the award winners were selected by a panel of fifteen industry professionals chaired by event producer Bobby Owsinski. An additional High Fidelity Review Listener’s Choice Award was determined by a majority vote in an open poll.

 The fourth annual SMAs were presented by surround sound pioneers DTS.

Special thanks to Rez Digital for his contributions to this DVD.


 

List of categories and nominees includes:

BEST MADE-FOR-SURROUND TITLE

BEST MIX: NON-ORCHESTRAL

BEST MIX: ORCHESTRAL

BEST MULTICHANNEL REISSUE

BEST STANDARD RESOLUTION TITLE

HORIZON AWARD [BEST NEWCOMER TO SURROUND]

MOST ADVENTUROUS MIX

BEST CONCERT VIDEO

BEST DUALDISC RELEASE

LISTENER'S CHOICE AWARD

The Surround Music Awards are part of the Surround 2005 Conference and Showcase, which took place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on December 15-16, 2005.