Best music-industry scandal - 2000
House of Blues vs. the Backstreet Boys
It's hard for most people over the age of eleven to imagine the Backstreet Boys as heroes -- fashion dolls manufactured by Mattel, maybe, but not heroes. However, via its management, the group came to the rescue of innocent ticket-buyers last fall by blowing the whistle on House of Blues's scummy policy (first exposed in Denver) of setting aside large blocks of tickets for various parties rather than making them available to the general public. Backstreet's back? All right!