Amid battles over illegal file-sharing and online music piracy, the Recording Industry Association of America handed out its first awards for music sold through legal Internet music services.
Outkast were the biggest winners at the Wednesday ceremony, taking home a multi-platinum award for "Hey Ya!," which was downloaded at least 400,000 times through legal download services like Apple's iTunes, according to Reuters. The duo also won platinum prizes for "The Way You Move" and "Roses," which were each downloaded more than 200,000 times.
Other winners included D12, Maroon 5 and Hoobastank, who were honored with platinum awards. Beyoncé, Black Eyed Peas and Usher were among the 45 artists who took home gold awards for sales of more than 100,000 downloads.
The winning artists will be able to adorn their walls with the awards, which feature an abstract design over the winning recording's cover art. A gold mouse, a gold keyboard and a gold microchip were reportedly considered as other potential award designs.
As the popularity of downloading music continues to grow, the RIAA reportedly plans to eventually hand out awards for digital album sales, for LPs downloaded in their entirety.
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