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Yahoo! News/Reuters (11/16/2003), Vandross, 50 Cent Lead American Music Awards

Yahoo! News/Reuters, Sunday, November 16, 2003
Vandross, 50 Cent Lead American Music Awards
By Dean Goodman

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - R&B singer Luther Vandross, who suffered a life-threatening stroke in April just as he was mounting a major comeback, was among the major winners at the American Music Awards on Sunday, with his elderly mother tearfully accepting his two trophies on his behalf.

Vandross and rapper 50 Cent were the only double-winners during the three-hour televised event. Several other veterans, including Anglo-American hitmakers Fleetwood Mac, R&B singers the Isley Brothers and country act Alabama, were also honored by the members of the public who decide the awards.

Husband-and-wife country singers Tim McGraw and Faith Hill ensured domestic bliss at home, winning the favorite artist trophies in their genre, respectively the sixth and fifth wins of their careers.

Vandross won both categories for which he was nominated -- favorite male artist and album in the soul/rhythm and blues category. The album "Dance With My Father," which he recorded just before he was stricken, debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. pop charts and has sold more than 1.3 million copies.

"I am so very sorry that Luther cannot be here tonight in person, but I'm here to represent him," Mary Vandross told the star-studded crowd at the Shrine Auditorium.

Besides Vandross and 50 Cent, who did not attend the event, 12 other acts received two nominations each: R&B singers Ashanti, Beyonce Knowles, Missy Elliott and R. Kelly; pop stars Celine Dion and Justin Timberlake; country acts Toby Keith, McGraw and Shania Twain; Jamaican reggae star Sean Paul; jazz singer Norah Jones; and rocker Kid Rock.

Of those, Ashanti, Knowles, Kelly, Twain, Paul and Jones went home empty-handed.

50 Cent won for favorite artist and album in the rap/hip-hop category, beating his mentor, Eminem, in the former race.

Fleetwood Mac, another absentee winner, accepted its prize for favorite pop/rock band via satellite from Hamburg, and later performed a pre-recorded tune.

"We're really in the best place creatively that we've ever been ... So we're very excited about the future," said frontman Lindsey Buckingham.

The Isley Brothers were named favorite soul/R&B band, while Alabama cemented its position as the most honored act in the event's history by winning its 23rd trophy, for favorite country band.

Justin Timberlake also accepted his prize, for favorite pop/rock album via satellite, from the German city of Cologne.

Missy Elliott was initially declared an absentee when her name was announced for favorite female rap/hip-hop artist, but she later turned up claiming that her limousine had been stolen from her hotel.

This marks the second American Music Awards in 2003. The event has traditionally been held in January, but amid declining ratings and competition from a plethora of other awards shows, the organizers decided to switch it to November.

Nominees for the American Music Awards are determined by retail sales and radio airplay data. Winners are determined by a national sampling of 20,000 members of the public.

Date: 2003-11-16         Number of views: 1505

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