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[10/19/05 - 12:00 AM]
2005 American Music Awards Asks the Public to Choose Their Favorite Artist of the Year for the Second Annual T-Mobile Text-In Award

[via press release from ABC]

"2005 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS" ASKS THE PUBLIC TO CHOOSE THEIR FAVORITE ARTIST OF THE YEAR FOR THE SECOND ANNUAL T-MOBILE TEXT-IN AWARD

Fans Can Vote Via T-Mobile(r) Text Messaging or Through ABC's Site at ama.abc.com

The "2005 American Music Awards" is asking the public to cast their votes for the T-Mobile Text-In Award, which will determine the fans' favorite from a list of top artists from each of the six major musical genres. The award will be revealed during the live telecast of the special, which airs TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22 (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

Beginning October 19, 2005, T-Mobile USA subscribers can cast their vote for the T-Mobile Text-In Award. Fans can send a text message using their T-Mobile phone by sending the letter corresponding to their favorite artist ("A" for Mariah Carey, "B" for Kelly Clarkson, "C" for 50 Cent, "D" for Green Day, "E" for Toby Keith or "F" for Gwen Stefani) to short code 262 ("AMA"). Standard text messaging charges apply for text messaging an entry. In addition, votes can also be cast via the Internet at ABC's site at ama.abc.com, and viewers of the "2005 American Music Awards" can also vote during the show via Enhanced TV by logging on to ABC.com and clicking on the Enhanced TV logo. Voting via text message and on ABC.com is now open and will conclude at approximately 10:00 p.m., ET during the show on November 22.

"T-Mobile customers can once again have a voice in naming today's top musical artist by voting from their T-Mobile wireless device," said Mike Belcher, director, Sponsorships, T-Mobile USA, Inc. "This is a fitting opportunity for our customers, many of whom enjoy music and are setting the standard for 'what's hot' today."

The nominees reflect the artists whose current album has been the top seller in its genre from November 20, 2004 to September 3, 2005 in the United States. Those vying for the T-Mobile Text-In Award are:

* MARIAH CAREY (Soul/Rhythm & Blues) * KELLY CLARKSON (Adult Contemporary) * 50 CENT (Rap/Hip Hop) * GREEN DAY (Rock) * TOBY KEITH (Country) * GWEN STEFANI (Pop)

About T-Mobile
Based in Bellevue, WA, T-Mobile USA, Inc. is a member of the T-Mobile International group, the mobile telecommunications subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom AG. T-Mobile USA's GSM/GPRS voice and data networks in the United States (including roaming and other agreements) reach more than 260 million people. In addition, T-Mobile operates the largest carrier grade, commercial wireless broadband network in the United States, providing Wi-Fi at more than 6,000 public locations throughout the country, and makes available access at over 20,000 international roaming locations. Through its Get

More(r) promise, T-Mobile provides customers with more minutes, more features and more service. For more information, visit the company website at www.t-mobile.com. T-Mobile(r) and Get More(r) are federally registered trademarks of Deutsche Telekom AG and T-Mobile USA Inc., respectively.

On the "2005 American Music Awards," which will be hosted by Cedric "The Entertainer," awards will also be presented to the past year's elite in contemporary music in the areas of Pop/Rock, Soul/Rhythm & Blues, Country, Rap/Hip-Hop, Alternative Music, Adult Contemporary Music, Latin Music and Contemporary Inspirational Music, as determined by a poll of the American record-buying public.

The live special, which emanates from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, is a presentation of dick clark productions, inc., with Allen Shapiro serving as executive producer. Larry Klein produces the telecast and Jeff Margolis directs. Executive in charge is Fran La Maina.





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