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[11/24/08 - 10:37 AM]
Winners Announced for "2008 American Music Awards"
The biggest winners of the night were Chris Brown who won three awards and Alicia Keys, Rihanna and Kanye West, each taking home two AMA trophies.

[via press release from ABC]

WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR "2008 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS"

Star-Studded Celebration Highlighted by Surprise Appearances; Winners Include Chris Brown, Alicia Keys, Kanye West and Rihanna; T-Mobile Breakthrough Artist Award Goes to Jonas Brothers

Winners of the 36th annual American Music Awards (AMAs) were announced last night in a star studded event hosted by late night talk show host and comedian Jimmy Kimmel. The show was broadcast live by ABC from the NOKIA Theatre L.A. Live. The 2008 AMAs were produced by dick clark productions. Producer was Larry Klein and executive producer was Orly Adelson, president of dick clark productions.

The show featured a record 19 performances, most notably Alicia Keyes' performance of "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 seven-minute medley of Christina Aguilera's greatest hits, as well as show-stopping performances by Beyonc�, 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 Favorite Artist of the Year, and Alicia Keys, Rihanna and Kanye West, each taking home two AMA trophies.

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.

Numerous friends of Miley Cyrus, including Julianne Hough, Taylor Swift, her father Billy Ray Cyrus and Jordin Sparks stunned Miley Cyrus back stage with a mini-party for her 16th birthday, which she celebrated this evening at the AMAs.

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.

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

About the Voting �

Initial nominees were selected by using ballots containing names compiled from data supplied by the music industry trade publication Radio & Records and Nielsen Soundscan, which tracks retail music sales. The ballots were then sent to a national sampling of more than 15,000 people, based among other things on what type of music they listen to, what they buy and how many albums they purchase per year. The top three vote getters in each category were determined to be the nominees for this year's American Music Awards (except in the Artist of the Year and T-Mobile Breakthrough categories which each have five Nominees).

About dick clark productions, inc. �

Founded in 1957, dick clark productions, inc. ("dcp") is a leading independent producer of television programming. dcp produces perennial hits such as "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest," the American Music Awards, the Golden Globe Awards and the Academy of Country Music Awards. dcp also produces popular weekly television programming, including "So You Think You Can Dance," and owns and maintains one of the world's most unique and extensive entertainment libraries, which includes more than 30 years of "American Bandstand" footage. For additional information about dcp, please visit www.dickclarkproductions.com.

About the American Music Awards �

In 1973 Dick Clark created the American Music Awards to pay tribute to popular musicians from various genres of music and to put audiences in touch with the latest phenomena in American music. Since its founding, the AMAs have honored and showcased the talents of some of the biggest names in the music industry. For press credential requests, please go to www.dickclarkproductions.com/ama





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