Usher took home four awards last night (Nov. 14) at the American Music Awards, held at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium and aired live on ABC.
The R&B superstar won the four major awards for which he was nominated – favorite male artist and album (“Confessions,” LaFace/Zomba) in both the pop/rock and soul/R&B categories.
Other multiple winners were rap duo OutKast and country rocker Toby Keith. OutKast won favorite pop/rock band, duo or group; favorite rap/hip-hop band, duo or group; and favorite rap/hip-hop album for “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below” (LaFace/Zomba). Keith took home the favorite male and favorite album (“Shock’n Y’all,” Dreamworks/Interscope) in the country category.
Other winners included Sheryl Crow (favorite female pop-rock artist), Alicia Keys (favorite female soul/R&B artist), Reba McEntire (favorite female country artist), Brooks & Dunn (favorite country band, duo or group), Jay-Z (favorite male rap/hip-hop artist), Marc Anthony (favorite latin artist), Linkin Park (favorite alternative artist) and MercyMe (favorite contemporary inspirational artist).
Bon Jovi, who performed a two-song set at the event, won an award of merit celebrating the band’s 20-year career. Kenny Chesney won the T-Mobile Text-In Award, voted on by the public during the show’s broadcast.
Other performers included show-openers Gwen Stefani and Lenny Kravitz, Usher, Keys, Keith, Rod Stewart, Kanye West and Gretchen Wilson. Ringo Starr introduced a segment of rare Beatles performance footage.
AMA Winners are determined by a national survey of 20,000 music listeners.