Tracy Chapman was Carlos Santana’s presenter at the California Music Awards 2001. The ceremony was on Saturday, April 28th, 2001 at the Henry J. Kaiser Arena (10 Tenth Street, Oakland, California)
Tracy Chapman was also nominated for the Outstanding Female Vocalist and was in competition with Aimee Mann, Gwen Stefani (No Doubt), Victoria Williams, Noe Venable and Noelle Hampton. Gwen Stefani won.
Huey Lewis hosted the event and performers were Blackalicious, Brad Davis (of Fu Manchu), Chuck Prophet, Count Dante, members of the Doobie Brothers, Lewis, Jackpot, Little Feat, Noelle Hampton, Orixa, Sammy Hagar, Victoria Williams and others. Artists scheduled to appear include Aisler’s Set, 100 Watt Smile, Boney James, Dave Koz, Green Day, Lavay Smith, Lynn Perko (of Imperial Teen), the Santana Band, Tom Morello and Tracy Chapman.
What are the California Music Awards?
The California Music Awards (formerly the Bammies) had an impressive history. From the first show at the Kabuki Theater in San Francisco to last year’s extravaganza at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, artists such as Tom Petty, Santana, Dr. Dre, Bonnie Raitt, Neil Young, John Fogerty, No Doubt, Smash Mouth, Third Eye Blind, John Lee Hooker, Grateful Dead, Chris Isaak, Rage Against the Machine and countless others have received awards.
CAMA is also dedicated to raising funds for charity. Over the history of the show $500,000 has been raised for various California based music-related charities. The Oakland School for the Arts was the primary beneficiary in 2001 as well as Thunder Road.
Nominees are selected by a panel of music industry professionals representing journalists, radio hosts, program and music directors, critics, club bookers, artist management, record company executives, producers and retail management and are intended to reflect the California groups and performers who excelled in music during the past year.