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THE ‘2008 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS’ ARE IN THE BOOKS November 25, 2008

Filed under: Entertainment — Ryann Hayman @ 11:31 am
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The 36th annual American music Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and produced by Dick Clark Productions, went down Sunday evening at the NOKIA Theater L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles.

     The show featured a record 19 performances, most notably Alicia Keyes’ doing “Superwoman” with surprise guests Queen Latifah and star Kathleen Battle and a special collaboration by P!nk and Sarah McLachlan of the hit song “Angel.”

     Other highlights included an opening 7-minute medley of Christina Aguilera’s greatest hits as well as performances by Beyonce, Coldplay, Jonas Brothers, Kanye West, Mariah Carey, Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, Ne-Yo, New Kids on the Block, Natasha Bedingfield, Leona Lewis, Pussycat Dolls, Taylor Swift, a solo performance by P!nk and The Fray.

     The biggest winners of the night were Chris Brown who won three awards including Artist of the Year and Alicia Keys, Rihanna and Kanye West, each taking home two AMA trophies. 

     The 19-year-old Brown seemed stunned and at a loss for words when he was announced as the winner of the Artist of the Yerar award

     “I would’ve gave it to Coldplay,” said Brown. “I’m at a loss for words.”

     Surprise guest Justin Timberlake was on hand to present the 2008 American Music Awards special “Award of Merit” to Annie Lennox honoring her work with the groundbreaking Eurythmics and her illustrious solo career. Additionally, Mariah Carey was recognized for becoming the solo artist with the most number one hits of all time.

     Celebrity presenters such as Akon, Ashley Tisdale, Billy Ray Cyrus, Colbie Caillat, Daughtry, David Archuleta, David Cook, Demi Lovato, Enrique Iglesias, Jamie Foxx, Jesse McCartney, Joe Perry and Steven Tyler of Aerosmith (Presenting Artist of the Year), Jordin Sparks, Julianne Hough, Kate Walsh, Lance Bass, Motley Crue, Nick Lachey, Nickelback, Paris Hilton, Richie Sambora, Scott Weiland, Shailene Woodley, T-Pain, Terrence Howard and The-Dream handed out awards for the best of Pop/Rock, Country, Soul/Rhythm & Blues, Rap/Hip Hop, Latin, Alternative, Adult Contemporary and Contemporary Inspirational, and Soundtrack. Full list of winners below.

     Prior to the show, ABC Premiered “2008 American Music Awards Red Carpet Live!” with hosts Carrie Ann Inaba and Chris Harrison; and special correspondents the Pussycat Dolls’ Nicole Sherzinger, “Project Runway” season four winner Christian Siriano, and High School Musical’s Corbin Bleu.  Highlights included a performance by David Cook, from the Red Carpet and interviews with Christina Aguilera, Jonas Brothers, Ne-Yo, Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, Colbie Caillat, New Kids on the Block, Leona Lewis, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry.
WINNERS OF THE “2008 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS:”

POP/ROCK
Favorite Male Artist: Chris Brown
Favorite Female Artist: Rihanna 
Favorite Band, Duo or Group: Daughtry
Favorite Album: “As I Am” Alicia Keys

COUNTRY
Favorite Male Artist: Brad Paisley
Favorite Female Artist: Taylor Swift
Favorite Band, Duo or Group: Rascal Flatts
Favorite Album: “Carnival Ride” Carrie Underwood

SOUL/RHYTHM & BLUES
Favorite Male Artist: Chris Brown
Favorite Female Artist: Rihanna
Favorite Album: “As I Am” Alicia Keys

RAP/HIP-HOP
Favorite Band, Duo or Group: Three 6 Mafia
Favorite Male Artist: Kanye West 
Favorite Album: “Graduation” Kanye West

ADULT CONTEMPORARY
Favorite Artist: Jordin Sparks

LATIN MUSIC
Favorite Artist: Enrique Iglesias

ALTERNATIVE ROCK MUSIC
Favorite Artist: Linkin Park

CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL
Favorite Artist: Third Day

SOUNDTRACKS
Favorite Album: “Alvin and the Chipmunks”

T – Mobile FAVORITE BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST (ALL GENRES)
Jonas Brothers

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