The people have spoken, and they say that 'NSYNC, Garth Brooks and Faith Hill are their favorites — at least if you listen to the People's Choice Awards, handed out Sunday in Pasadena, California.
Less than a week after picking up two Grammy nominations, 'NSYNC won the People's Choice Award for Best Musical Group or Band. Their No Strings Attached was the biggest-selling album of 2000, and has shipped more than 10 million copies worldwide, according to the RIAA.
The People's Choice honor seemed to make 'NSYNC feel bighearted — specifically toward the woman who held the trophies until they were presented to the winners. "We went outside and raised $500 for the tip — your trophy girl," group member Justin Timberlake said. "We thought we'd be pioneers and start something new."
Representatives for 'NSYNC could not be reached at press time to clarify whether Timberlake was in fact serious about the donation.
'NSYNC invited a few members of their camp, including manager Johnny Wright and their security guards, to accept the award along with them. "We didn't want to be upstaged by the 'Friends' cast," Chris Kirkpatrick said, referring to the sitcom that won Favorite Television Comedy Series.
Lance Bass thanked the other nominees in the best group category, Alabama and the Dixie Chicks, saying they were among his favorite groups.
'NSYNC have a long way to go before they catch up with Garth Brooks, won his 11th award as Favorite Male Musical Performer on Sunday night. The singer announced his retirement from country music in October after passing the 100 million mark in total album sales, but his fans can expect one more studio album before he hangs up his 10-gallon hat. At the awards show, Brooks performed "When You Come Back to Me Again," from the movie "Frequency."
"We didn't do anything this year to deserve this, but it's nice that the people gave it to us," Brooks said backstage.
Faith Hill, who won the award for Favorite Female Musical Performer, has become the heir to Shania Twain's country-pop crossover throne, selling more than 5 million copies of her 1999 album, Breathe.
After thanking her husband, Tim McGraw, and two daughters for "showing me what love really is," Hill dedicated the award to her fans. "To you guys, I'm telling you something: I love doing this," the singer, who sported a new short hairstyle, said.
The People's Choice honors are awarded based on the results of a nationwide Gallup Poll of a sample of 1,200 random voters. Fans are free to pick whomever they wish — no nominees are chosen beforehand.