Lauryn Hill, Backstreet Boys, DMX Honored With American Music Awards

Lauryn Hill, Shania Twain, and Garth Brooks were the big winners at last night’s presentation of the American Music Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, with each artist receiving two awards during the event, hosted by comedian Norm MacDonald.

Hill dominated the awards Soul/Rhythm & Blues category, being named the Favorite Female Artist, while her 1998 album, “The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill,” was honored as the genre’s Favorite Album.

As with her recent record sales, country sensation Shania Twain crossed over to win the Favorite Female Artist awards in both Pop/Rock and Country, although neither Hill or Twain were on hand to pick up their American Music Award statues.

Brooks, who announced plans to leave music at the end of this year (see “Garth Brooks Mulls Retirement, Plenty Of Songs Still In Can” ), did attend the event, and was selected as Favorite Male Artist ion the Country category, and his
1998 concert collection, “Double Live,” was named Favorite Album.

The country singer also picked up a special, non-competition award for Artist Of The Decade in recognition of his body of work for the ’90s. Previous Artist Of The Decade winners include Michael Jackson for the ’80s, Stevie Wonder for the ’70s, The Beatles for the ’60s, and Elvis Presley for the ’50s.

Others artists and performers honored at the 27th Annual American Music Awards, which are generally considered a preview of next month’s Grammy Awards, include Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, Ricky Martin, Red Hot Chili Peppers, DMX, Santana, and TLC.

Complete list of winners at last night’s American Music Awards:

Pop/Rock

  • Favorite Male Artist – Will Smith
  • Favorite Female Artist – Shania Twain
  • Favorite Band, Duo, Or Group – Backstreet Boys
  • Favorite Album – “Supernatural” – Santana
  • Favorite New Artist – Britney Spears
Soul/Rhythm & Blues
  • Favorite
    Male Artist – R. Kelly
  • Favorite Female Artist – Lauryn Hill
  • Favorite Band, Duo, Or Group – TLC
  • Favorite Album – “The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill” – Lauryn Hill
  • Favorite New Artist – Tyrese
Country
  • Favorite Male Artist – Garth Brooks
  • Favorite Female Artist – Shania Twain
  • Favorite Band, Duo, Or Group – Brooks & Dunn
  • Favorite Album – “Double Live” – Garth Brooks
  • Favorite New Artist – Montgomery Gentry
Adult Contemporary
  • Favorite Artist – Phil Collins
Soundtrack
  • Favorite Soundtrack – “Wild Wild West”
Rap/Hip-Hop
  • Favorite Artist – DMX
Latin Music
  • Favorite Artist – Ricky Martin
Alternative Music
  • Favorite Artist – Red Hot Chili Peppers
Award Of Merit
  • Gloria Estefan
Award Of Achievement
  • Mariah Carey
Artist Of The Decade
  • Garth Brooks

– David Basham


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