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At the American Music Awards

india Updated: Nov 24, 2006 17:21 IST
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They ruled the American Music Awards with three wins, but don't look for the Black-Eyed Peas to score another trifecta when Grammy nominations are announced next month.

The band's most recent record, 2005's Monkey Business, was named favourite rap/hip-hop album Tuesday, but it isn't eligible for consideration for the Grammy awards in February.

Still, the hybrid hip-hop quartet, which blends rap and vocals with jazzy backdrops and groovy bass lines, is clearly one of America's favourites, winning best group in both the rap/hip hop and soul/rhythm & blues categories.

Meanwhile, the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Kelly Clarkson, Mary J. Blige and Rascal Flatts may have become instant Grammy front-runners with double wins at the American Music Awards on Tuesday.

Each has a new album that qualifies for consideration.

Red Hot Chilli Peppers were favourite alternative artist and pop/rock band. They accepted their award via satellite from London, with bass player Flea beat-boxing as lead singer Anthony Kiedis thanked "the American people."

Critics have called the band's latest album, Stadium Arcadium, its best in years. Clarkson captured trophies for pop/rock female and adult contemporary artist. Rascal Flatts won favourite country group and the T-Mobile Text-In award, which is chosen by fans. Blige won favourite soul/rhythm & blues album for The Breakthrough.

She was also the favourite female R&B artist. She accepted the award from surprise presenter Britney Spears, who looked sleek in a knee-length cream-coloured frock and long blonde hair.

Oscar winner Jamie Foxx was named favourite male soul/rhythm & blues artist.

"I'm like a rookie in this music thing," he said. "This means a lot more than you think, man."

Foxx performed "Wish U Were Here" from his 2005 album, Unpredictable.

Nickelback took home the trophy for pop/rock album for All the Right Reasons.

Among country honours, favourite female artist went to Faith Hill, male artist went to Toby Keith and Tim McGraw's Greatest Hits Volume 2 was favourite album. Country singer and "American Idol" winner Carrie Underwood was crowned new breakthrough artist.

Eminem took favorite male rap/hip-hop artist. The male pop/rock artist trophy went to dance-hall singer Sean Paul. Shakira won favourite Latin artist, and Kirk Franklin captured the award for contemporary inspirational music.

"I know that a lot of people that say that they're Christians - you know, we don't always represent, and we don't always live it and we do sometimes some very stupid things, and you know we're not doing a good job," said Franklin. "I want to make sure that when you see my life that it's a life that I'm gonna be proud of."

The ceremony, broadcast by ABC from the Shrine Auditorium, was hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, who launched a skit that placed a look-alike for Spears' ex, Kevin Federline, into a wooden crate that gets dumped into the ocean. Kimmel cracked that Federline was the world's first "no-hit wonder."

Beyonce began the show, belting out her single "Irreplaceable" while vamping around the stage in a sparkly sequined mini-dress.

The Pussycat Dolls also chose sequins for their performance, while Nelly Furtado opted for a skin-tight white dress and stick-straight hair.

Gwen Stefani made a stylish return to the music scene, performing the single "Wind It Up" from her forthcoming album, The Sweet Escape. The new mom, wearing a skimpy sequined shift and a shoulder-length platinum bob, yodelled and rapped convincingly throughout the tune.

Rapper Jay-Z stepped back into the spotlight, accompanied by scantily clad dancers as he performed the single "Show Me What You Got" from his new record, Kingdom Come.

Lionel Richie made a festive return to the awards. Introduced by his diminutive daughter, Nicole Richie, the former Commodore performed a medley that included his '80s party anthem "All Night Long."

Barry Manilow performed a medley of favourites from his latest collection, The Greatest Songs of the Sixties. Some awards were announced off camera before the broadcast presentations.

The American Music Awards honour the best in pop/rock, country, soul/rhythm & blues, rap/hip hop, Latin, alternative, adult contemporary and contemporary inspirational music.

Nominees were chosen based on record sales and winners were selected by a survey of about 20,000 listeners.

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