Singer Mariah Carey emerged as the big winner at the third annual Vibe Awards on Saturday night (November 12), walking away with four trophies including Artist Of The Year. Carey also took home awards for R & B Voice Of The Year, Best R & B Song for "We Belong Together" as well as Album Of The Year honours for The Emancipation Of Mimi. The awards capped a fine comeback year for Carey, who told the crowd "whatever you're going through in your life, don't ever give up."
Other notable winners at the awards, which honour the finest achievements in urban music, included Kanye West who won the award for Best Rapper (though he failed to show up at the ceremony), The Diplomats for Best Group and R. Kelly, who took home the Reelest Video award for "Trapped In The Closet (Chapters 1-5)."
Also honoured at the ceremony in Culver City, California was Mary J. Blige, who took home the V Legend Award. "The honour was really, really, really special and I thanked Vibe for that tonight," said Blige, before adding that being bestowed 'legendary' status was "a little early. I thought people got legend awards when they were like, 60, but they're already trying to push me out. So that's how they get down. But anyway, I'm really happy."
Security was tight at the ceremony due to last year's chair-throwing brawl during which rapper Young Back allegedly stabbed a man, but the show went off without incident.
Here is the full list of this year's Vibe Awards winners:
R&B Voice of the Year: Mariah Carey
Best Rapper: Kanye West
'Next' Award: Keyshia Cole & Young Jeezy
Coolest Collabo: "Oh," Ciara featuring Ludacris
Street Anthem: "U Don't Know Me," T.I.
Power Broker of the Year: Kevin Liles
Club Banger: "1 Thing," Amerie
Reelest Video: "Trapped in the Closet" (Chapters 1-5), R. Kelly
Hottest Hook: "Hate it or Love It," The Game featuring 50 Cent
Video Goddess: Esther Baxter in "Number One Spot" by Ludacris
Boomshot Award: "Welcome To Jamrock," Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley
Best R&B Song: "We Belong Together," Mariah Carey
Best Group: The Diplomats
VStyle: Baby Phat
Vibe Vixen: Kimora Lee Simmons
Album of the Year: The Emancipation Of Mimi, Mariah Carey
Artist of the Year: Mariah Carey
V Legend Award: Mary J. Blige
Writer: Neil McDonald