Top WMA for Destiny's Child
Destiny's Child nabbed the award for world's best pop group to kick off the 2005 World Music Awards, which selects winners based on worldwide sales figures. The diva supergroup, which also helped open the Wednesday night show, bested Gorillaz, Maroon 5, Il Divo and the Black Eyed Peas.
Usher, 50 Cent, Mariah Carey and The Game were among the recording artists up for multiple honors at the awards show held at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. It will be telecast September 13 on ABC. Co-hosts James Denton of "Desperate Housewives" and Carmen Electra started off the night with a sexy vibe as Electra stripped down to black bra, panties and a feather boa shortly after taking the stage.
Three other scantily clad women then joined the hosts. "It's a little hot in here," Electra said.
The slate of nominees at this year's show reflected some of the past year's best-selling albums, many straddling the hip-hop and pop categories.
Usher, who won three awards at last year's show, was nominated along with rappers Nelly and 50 Cent for best pop male artist. Crooners Josh Groban and Michael Buble rounded out the list. Nelly and 50 Cent also were up for best rap/hip-hop artist, with Ludacris, Eminem and 50 Cent protege The Game.
Competing for pop female honors: Carey, Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Lopez, Kelly Clarkson and Latin crossover star Shakira. Carey, who staged a huge comeback this year with The Emancipation of Mimi, also was vying for best R&B artist, along with Alicia Keys, Usher, R. Kelly and newcomer Ciara. Ciara also was up for best new female artist with 'American Idol' alum Fantasia, New Zealand native Natasha Bedingfield, MTV darling Ashlee Simpson and veteran No Doubt singer Gwen Stefani. Another veteran, Rob Thomas, who used to front the rock group matchbox twenty, was nominated for best new artist in the male category. The Game, John Legend, Akon and Lloyd Banks also received nods.
Simpson was in the running for best pop-rock artist, with Eminem, Gavin DeGraw, John Mayer and Stefani.
Green Day, which swept last week's MTV Music Video Awards, faced Coldplay, the Killers, Three Doors Down and Irish veterans U2 for best rock act.
Before the show, Denton and other celebrity attendees struck a serious tone while reflecting on the destruction wrought upon New Orleans and surrounding areas this week by Hurricane Katrina. "We saw the aerial photos this morning and that's when it really hit home, the devastation," Denton said. "I think there's a bit of denial. At some point you can just turn the TV off (but) they have to wake up with it every morning."
Percussionist Sheila E was particularly concerned because she has family in New Orleans, she said."We have family there so we're still waiting to hear from our family," she said. "We don't know where they are. We don't know if they even got out."
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