Chris Daughtry may not have won "American Idol," but his band, Daughtry, earned high enough honors at the American Music Awards last night (Nov. 18) to share the spotlight with Carrie Underwood and Ju

Chris Daughtry may not have won "American Idol," but his band, Daughtry, earned high enough honors at the American Music Awards last night (Nov. 18) to share the spotlight with Carrie Underwood and Justin Timberlake. For the first time in show history, winners were chosen by public votes cast online.

Daughtry made good on its three nominations, winning favorite pop-rock album for "Daughtry," as well as breakthrough artist and adult contemporary artist.

Underwood, who did win "Idol," matched her three wins at the Country Music Association Awards this month with three trophies Sunday: favorite female country artist, favorite country album for "Some Hearts," and the T-Mobile text-in award.

Timberlake was a double winner, earning male pop-rock artist honors and the soul/R&B album award for his "FutureSex/LoveSounds." Timberlake accepted by video from Australia.

Usher presented Beyonce with the international artist award, which has been given to just a handful of artists, including Michael Jackson, Rod Stewart and Aerosmith. "I'm so blessed to wake up every morning and do what I love. I don't take it for granted," Beyonce said. "I'm so grateful, so honored and so humbled by this award."

Rascal Flatts was named top country duo or group, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony was the favorite rap/hip-hop group and Akon won favorite male soul/rhythm & blues artist.

The night was punctuated with performances, including a mash-up between Beyonce and country duo Sugarland, who performed Beyonce's hit "Irreplaceable." Celine Dion performed her new song, "Taking Chances," and Lenny Kravitz sat at the piano to play his latest, "I'll Be Waiting."

Fergie opened the show with a trio of songs from her debut album, "The Dutchess," followed by her main producer and Black Eyed Peas bandmate will.i.am. and Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger. Other performers included Maroon 5, Avril Lavigne, Rihanna, Rascal Flatts and teen stars the Jonas Brothers.


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