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Keith Urban, Sugarland, Tim, Faith & Garth Voted XM Nation Award Winners

Press ReleasesKeith Urban, Sugarland, Tim, Faith & Garth Voted XM Nation Award Winners

XM Satellite Radio, the nation's leading satellite radio provider, unveiled the winners of the 2005 XM Nation Awards this morning. Keith Urban, Sugarland, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, and Garth Brooks were all top vote getters in their respective categories.

Keith Urban took home two awards, Country Artist of the Year, in addition to being named the Artist We'd Most Like to See Cross Over to Films. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill were winners in the all-genre Favorite Musical Couple category, while Sugarland was named Best New Country Artist. Garth Brooks beat out Mariah Carey and Nirvana for the 90's Icon Award. A complete list of nominees, winners and voting results is available online at awards.xmradio.com
GWEN STEFANI, MARIAH CAREY, KEITH URBAN, RYAN ADAMS, M.I.A., FALL OUT BOY AND OTHERS RECEIVE TOP HONORS FROM XM SATELLITE RADIO’S FIRST ANNUAL XM NATION MUSIC AWARDS

Fans Cast Nearly 1.4 Million Votes For Awards that Kick off a Full Week of Music Industry Awards and Nominations

Washington, D.C., December 5, 2005 – XM Satellite Radio (NASDAQ: XMSR), the nation’s leading satellite radio service with more than 5 million subscribers, today announced the winners of the first annual XM Nation Music Awards. Nearly 1.4 million votes were cast by music fans nationwide for nominated artists and categories selected by XM’s programming staff in categories range from “Best Pop Sing-A-Long” to “Dream Duet” to “Artist Most Overlooked By FM Radio.”



Some of the winners include:



Award Category Winners

“XM Next” - Most Important Indie Emerging Artist M.I.A.


“On the Rise” - Most Important Mainstream Emerging Artist Fall Out Boy


“On the Rebound” - Best Comeback of the Year Mariah Carey


“Déjà vu” - Best Cover Song by an Established Artist “Listen to Your Heart”/D.H.T. (Roxette)

“The Single Life Is Good” – Best Solo Career Gwen Stefani

“Dream Duet” – Artist Collaborations We’d Like to See Shakira and Usher

“Dashboard Anthem” - Best Pop Sing-Along Song of 2005 Since U Been Gone/ Kelly Clarkson

“Turn Up the Heat” - Sexiest Song *censored*cat Dolls (feat. Busta Rhymes)/ Don’t Cha

“Solid as a Rock” – Favorite Music Couple Faith Hill & Tim McGraw

“So You Wanna Be a Movie Star?” - Artists We’d Like to See Crossover to Films Keith Urban

“Where’s My Lighter?” – Most Likely to Have Another “Final” Tour Cher

“Under the Radar” - Artist Most Overlooked by FM Radio Ryan Adams

“On the Brink” - Best Unsigned Artist Last Conservative

“XM Now” – Most Important Established Artist U2

“This year’s XM Nation Award winners really reflect the diversity among the music universe that XM brings to music fans,” said Eric Logan, XM’s executive vice president of programming. “The goal of the XM Nation Music Awards is to honor some of today’s most talented and interesting musicians. We have stuck a chord with music fans across the country by giving them the opportunity to show support for the artists they love.”

The awards highlighted unusual face-offs between some of the industry’s biggest names including: Shakira and Usher beating out Britney Spears and Snoop Dog for “Dream Duets,” Ryan Adams defeating Sigur Ros and Bright Eyes for “Artist Most Overlooked by FM Radio,” Faith Hill and Tim McGraw edging out Hillary Duff and Joel Maddon and Beyonce and Jay Z for “Favorite Music Couple,” and U2 triumphing over Green Day and Kanye West for “XM Now – Most Important Established Artist.”

The XM Nation Music Awards set a precedent for a week of music awards and nominations, allowing music fans to be engaged in the voting process and giving them the opportunity to directly recognize and celebrate their favorite musicians. With such a high level of participation from both XM subscribers and dedicated music fans, XM plans to host the awards annually.



A complete list of winners is available at http://awards.xmradio.com.



* Editors’ Note: Complete list of categories and winners is attached to this release.



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About XM Satellite Radio

XM is America's number one satellite radio service with more than 5 million subscribers. Broadcasting live daily from studios in Washington, DC, New York City and Nashville at the Country Music Hall of Fame, XM's 2005 lineup includes more than 150 digital channels of choice from coast to coast: the most commercial-free music channels, plus premier sports, talk, comedy, children's and entertainment programming; and 21 channels of the most advanced traffic and weather information. XM was named Best Radio Service at the 2004 Billboard Digital Entertainment Awards.



XM, the leader in satellite-delivered entertainment and data services for the automobile market through partnerships with General Motors, Honda, Toyota, Hyundai, Nissan and Volkswagen/Audi, is available in more than 130 different vehicle models for 2006. XM’s industry-leading products are available at consumer electronics retailers nationwide. For more information about XM hardware, programming and partnerships, please visit http://www.xmradio.com.



XM NATION MUSIC AWARDS

2005 WINNERS



“XM NEXT” - MOST IMPORTANT INDIE EMERGING ARTIST: M.I.A.



“ON THE RISE” – MOST IMPORTANT MAINSTREAM EMERGING ARTIST: FALL OUT BOY



“ON THE REBOUND” – BEST COMEBACK OF THE YEAR: MARIAH CAREY



“DÉJÀ VU” – BEST COVER SONG BY AN ESTABLISHED ARTIST: LISTEN TO YOUR HEART BY D.H.T. (ROXETTE)



“THE SINGLE LIFE IS GOOD” – BEST SOLO CAREER: GWEN STEFANI



“DREAM DUET” – ARTIST COLLABORATIONS WE’D LIKE TO SEE: SHAKIRA & USHER



“DASHBOARD ANTHEM” – BEST POP SING-ALONG SONG OF 2005: SINCE U BEEN GONE BY KELLY CLARKSON



“TURN UP THE HEAT” – SEXIEST SONG: DON’T CHA BY *censored* CAT DOLLS (FEAT. BUSTA RHYMES)



“SOLID AS A ROCK” – FAVORITE MUSIC COUPLE: FAITH HILL & TIM MCGRAW



“SO YOU WANNA BE A MOVIE STAR?” -- ARTISTS WE’D LIKE TO SEE CROSS OVER TO FILMS: KEITH URBAN



“WHERE’S MY LIGHTER?” -- MOST LIKELY TO HAVE ANOTHER ‘FINAL’ TOUR: CHER



“UNDER THE RADAR” – ARTIST MOST OVERLOOKED BY FM RADIO: RYAN ADAMS



“ON THE BRINK” – BEST UNSIGNED ARTISTS: LAST CONSERVATIVE



“XM NOW” - MOST IMPORTANT ESTABLISHED ARTIST: U2



40’s ICON: FRANK SINATRA



50’s ICON: ELVIS PRESLEY



60’S ICON: BEATLES



70’S ICON: THE EAGLES



80’S ICON: MADONNA



90’S ICON: GARTH BROOKS



BEST NEW ROCK ARTIST: MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE



ROCK ARTIST OF THE YEAR: GREEN DAY



BEST NEW ACOUSTIC ROCK ARTIST: TOM LANGFORD



ACOUSTIC ROCK ARTIST OF THE YEAR: RAY LAMONTAGNE



BEST NEW POP ARTIST: THE CLICK FIVE



POP ARTIST OF THE YEAR: KELLY CLARKSON



BEST NEW COUNTRY ARTIST: SUGARLAND



COUNTRY ARTIST OF THE YEAR: KEITH URBAN



BEST NEW URBAN ARTIST: JOHN LEGEND



URBAN ARTIST OF THE YEAR: KANYE WEST



BEST NEW JAZZ ARTIST: MADELEINE PEYROUX



JAZZ ARTIST OF THE YEAR: CHRIS BOTTI



BEST NEW BLUES ARTIST: ZAC HARMON



BLUES ARTIST OF THE YEAR: B.B. KING



BEST NEW DANCE ARTIST: D.H.T.



DANCE ARTIST OF THE YEAR: JENN CUENTA



BEST NEW CHRISTIAN ARTIST: BETHANY DILLON



CHRISTIAN ARTIST OF THE YEAR: SWITCHFOOT



BEST NEW GOSPEL ARTIST: KIKI SHEARD



GOSPEL ARTIST OF THE YEAR: YOLANDA ADAMS



BEST NEW LATIN ARTIST: MARIANA SEOANE



LATIN ARTIST OF THE YEAR: SHAKIRA



BEST NEW CLASSICAL ARTIST: YUNDI LI



CLASSICAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR: YO-YO MA



BEST NEW XMKIDS ARTIST: UNCLE JIM



XM KIDS ARTIST OF THE YEAR: THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS



BEST NEW COMIC: GARY GULMAN



COMIC OF THE YEAR: DANE COOK



MOVIE SOUNDTRACK OF THE YEAR: JOHN WILLIAMS/STAR WARS EPISODE III: REVENGE OF THE SITH



BEST MODERN DAY COMPOSER: DANNY ELFMAN



BROADWAY COMPOSER/SCORE OF THE YEAR: ERIC IDLE & JOHN DUPREZ/MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT



BROADWAY COMPOSER ICON: RICHARD RODGERS

BEST NEW RAGGAE ARTIST: JAH CURE

REGGAE ARTIST OF THE YEAR: DAMIAN MARLEY

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