SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Howard Stern, the acerbic self-described “King of All Media,” has received Wired Magazine’s Wired Renegade award for his tense battle with the FCC and upcoming switch to Sirius Satellite Radio.

Other recipients of the sixth annual Rave Awards, presented Tuesday, include Brad Bird, who won in the Film Director category for “The Incredibles,” the computer-animated story of a family of superheroes.

“I’m very excited to be included in this group of people,” said Bird, who dismissed the notion that the popularity of computer-generated blockbuster films might nudge real-life actors out of the business.

He called such concerns those of “backward-thinking actors.”

“I think some actors are taking it that way, but I don’t think it’s a legitimate concern,” Bird said.

Kevin Sites, a freelance journalist, took home the first Blogger award, for helping pioneer a new breed of reporting from the war in Iraq. Sites also chronicled the tsunami rescue effort in southeast Asia.

“This year’s Rave Award winners are inventive, rebellious, courageous, and they’re changing the world,” said Chris Anderson, editor-in-chief of Wired Magazine. “They’re the mavericks, visionaries and dreamers who inspire us as they transform our culture.”

Other winners included Danger Mouse for “The Grey Album,” in the musician category; Rem Koolhaas in the architect category; and Burt Rutan in the industrial designer category.

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NEW YORK (AP) – Prince will be honored with the 2005 NAACP Vanguard Award, given to those who have worked to increase understanding and awareness of racial and social issues.

Previous honorees are film director Steven Spielberg and movie producer Stanley Kramer. The award will be presented to the “Purple Rain” singer during the 36th annual NAACP Image Awards ceremony in Los Angeles on March 19. The show will be broadcast March 25 on Fox television.

“During the “80s, Prince emerged as the musical prophet of the era, releasing a series of albums that both define and captured the spirit of the times,” the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People said in a statement. “His genre-bending songs sent shock waves through the music industry that still reverberate today.”

Earlier this month, Prince won two Grammy Awards – for best male R&B vocal performance for “Call My Name,” a single from his most recent album, “Musicology,” and best traditional R&B vocal performance for “Musicology.”

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