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Music awards shows falling by the wayside


The indignity just keeps piling up for pop stars these days. Fans are either pirating their records, or just not bothering to listen to music anymore. The labels are cutting back wherever they can. And now there are fewer opportunities for pats on the back and shiny statuettes. 

janesSeveral key shows have quietly fallen by the wayside in recent years, including the Billboard Music Awards (last held in 2006) and the Soul Train Music Awards (last held in 2007). 

Others never really got going, such as British music newspaper NME’s attempt to export its popular show to America. The Stateside version of the NME Awards kicked off last year in Los Angeles with a Jane’s Addiction reunion (above), but 15 months later no plans have been announced for a sequel. 

A year ago, The Who were honored in Los Angeles during VH1′s 3rd annual “Rock Honors” tribute concert, a successor to sister network MTV’s “Icon” tributes, which ran for four years until 2004. VH1 says there will be no “Rock Honors” this year, but it is bringing back its “Divas” concert series in New York in September after a five-year hiatus.