The American Music Awards

Published: 2003-11-17
Ailing R&B artist Luther Vandross took top honours at the 31st annual American Music Awards on Sunday evening. Vandross took top honours for male R&B performer. His album "Dance with My Father" took top honours for favourite soul/R&B album. The 52 year old singer is still recovering from a stroke and was not at the ceremony. Instead, Vandross' mother Mary accepted the awards on behalf of her son. After having difficulty climbing the stairs to receiver the first award, "The Shield" star Michael Chikliss went into the audience to present Vandross' second award to his mother.

American Music Awards creator Dick Clark moved the award ceremony from January to November to help alleviate some of the crush of having so many awards shows so close together. The move also allows artists to promote their new CD's for the holiday season.

The American Music Award nominees are judged based on a combination of CD sales and radio air play. The winners are selected through a survey of about 20,000 listeners.

Country stars Alabama won best country group. This award makes 23 for the group; giving them the honour of having more AMA's then any other performer. Celine Dion, 50 Cent, Faith Hill, Linkin Park, Steven Curtis Chapman, Ricky Martin The Isley Brothers, Lil John and the East Side Boyz and Fleetwood Mac also won awards. Justin Timberlake's CD "Justified" won favourite pop album.

Writer: Sherrill Fulghum



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