Monday, December 05, 2005

GWEN STEFANI, MARIAH CAREY, KEITH URBAN, RYAN ADAMS, M.I.A. AND OTHERS RECEIVE TOP HONORS FROM XM SATELLITE RADIO'S 1st 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 05, 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."
"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.

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