Rapper Eminem came out on top at last night's (Jan. 13) American Music Awards, winning four trophies at the ceremony at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The rapper won the favorite male pop/rock
Rapper Eminem came out on top at last night's (Jan. 13) American Music Awards, winning four trophies at the ceremony at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The rapper won the favorite male pop/rock and hip-hop/R&B artist awards, while his Web/Aftermath/Interscope album "The Eminem Show" won for favorite pop/rock album and hip-hop/R&B album. The latter was picked up by his "8 Mile" co-star, actor Mekhi Phifer, who told the audience he was speaking with the rapper on his cell phone and relayed thanks to the fans.
Country trio the Dixie Chicks won a pair of AMAs, taking the favorite country band (duo or group) award and the favorite country album honor for their Monument/Sony set "Home." Ashanti won hip-hop/R&B new artist and favorite pop/rock artist, while Creed took home favorite pop/rock band and alternative artist trophies.
Nelly won the Fans Choice Award, for which music fans cast their votes on the American Music Awards Web site.
The event was probably the most expletive-filled awards show ever aired on broadcast television, as notoriously foul-mouthed hosts the Osbournes -- parents Ozzy and Sharon and their children Kelly and Jack -- found themselves bleeped by censors from their opening greeting, and continuously throughout the show.
Kelly Osbourne was one of the night's many performers, offering the title track of her Epic album, "Shut Up," for which Sharon planted herself on the lap of 'N Sync's Joey Fatone, while Ozzy watched from the stairs in front of the stage. Tim McGraw and Elton John earned a standing ovation from the crowd for their show-opening rendition of the latter's "Tiny Dancer," and Nickelback got the audience on its feet following its performance of "How You Remind Me."
Other performers were Christina Aguilera, who offered an impressive medley of her ballads "Impossible" and "Beautiful," as well as B2K, Shania Twain, Mariah Carey, Kenny Chesney, Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott, matchbox twenty, Ja Rule and Bobby Brown, and Toby Keith and Willie Nelson.
AMA winners are determined by a poll of approximately 20,000 record buyers; the nominees are compiled from retail sales data provided by Neilsen SoundScan and radio airplay data.
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