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Aloft Hotels Brings Emerging Artists Mainstream Acclaim with Year Two of Project Aloft Star Talent Competition

Project Aloft Star 2012 Winner, Hits, Sets the Stage for This Year's Showdown At a Kickoff Concert Featuring Avril Lavigne

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STAMFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- With music in its DNA and millennials in its sights, Aloft Hotels, the fast-growing brand from Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Worldwide, Inc. (NYS: HOT) kicked off the 2013 installment of its successful global talent discovery competition, Project Aloft Star, with a special concert featuring 2012 Project Aloft Star winners Hits opening for Avril Lavigne. The hotel brand with its ear to the ground has teamed up with internationally renowned cutting-edge style and emerging pop-culture, multimedia authority and lifestyle brand, NYLON, in its quest to find the next big thing in music for the second year in a row.

Project Aloft Star is just one part of Aloft's growing music agenda which also includes the "Live at Aloft Hotel" music series.

Starting today, until July 26, 2013, unsigned bands and artists will have a chance at breakout success with Aloft and NYLON paving the way. Groups must submit a recording of an original song to the contest page at LiveAtAloftHotels.com. Once submissions close, a panel of expert judges - including NYLON's editor-in-chief Marvin Scott Jarrett - will narrow the entries down to the top five acts. Then, it's up to Aloft's Facebook fans to vote on their favorite finalist and help select the winner. Fan voting begins on July 30th and lasts until August 20, 2013. Project Aloft Star 2013 winner will be announced in September on Facebook and will be featured in NYLON's October issue.

"My advice to people out there who are trying to make it is to do whatever it is that you possibly can. Use all your resources, I did whatever I could," said NYLON cover star Avril Lavigne. "You have to do your best to expose yourself and get your music out there. I think it comes down to, if it's meant to be, it's meant to be, but it never ever comes for free. You have to work very hard at it."

The winner of Project Aloft Star 2013 will have the chance be a Spotlight artist in the "Live at Aloft Hotels" music series, and be signed by NYLON Records.

"Helping our guests discover great new music, whether they're on the road or visiting a w xyz bar in their hometown, is one way Aloft is committed to delivering a 'different by design' experience," said Brian McGuinness, Starwood's Senior Vice President of Specialty Select Brands for Starwood. "Music discovery is important to our millennial and millennial-minded guests, and since 2010, Aloft has not only been showcasing emerging talent through the 'Live at Aloft' performance series, but actually discovering the talent ourselves through Project Aloft Star."

About Aloft Hotels

With more than 70 hotels in 10 countries, Aloft has changed the hotel landscape by offering 'different by design" style from Baltimore to Beijing to Bogota to Brussels - and everywhere in between. For more information, please visit www.alofthotels.com. Aloft, like all brands within Starwood's portfolio, is proud to offer the Starwood Preferred Guest(R) program, the industry's richest loyalty program. To learn more, please visit www.spg.com.

About NYLON

Since its launch in 1999, NYLON magazine has been the reigning authority on fashion, music, beauty for the modern and intelligent young woman. With award-winning photography, groundbreaking design, and a unique editorial voice, NYLON extends beyond the pages of the publication and is celebrated as the definitive lens for cutting-edge style and emerging popular culture. In its fourteen years, NYLON has continued to evolve its voice and design, always staying one step ahead of the mainstream. Looked to as an authority on current and upcoming trends in everything from people to places to design, NYLON consistently showcases those who are just on the brink of having a huge moment in pop culture. Led by co-founder and Editor-in-Chief, Marvin Scott Jarrett, year-after-year NYLON continues to deliver comprehensive coverage, bold, provocative thinking and a fresh perspective.

About Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with 1,146 properties in nearly 100 countries and 171,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton, Aloft®, and Element®. The Company boasts one of the industry's leading loyalty programs, Starwood Preferred Guest(R) (SPG), allowing members to earn and redeem points for room stays, room upgrades and flights, with no blackout dates. Starwood also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., a premier provider of world-class vacation experiences through villa-style resorts and privileged access to Starwood brands. For more information, please visit www.starwoodhotels.com.



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Amy Rosen, 203-964-4661
Amy.Rosen@starwoodhotels.com

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