Kanye West, Alicia Keys, Rihanna and Chris Brown walked away with trophies at the fifth annual American Music Awards last night (November 23) in California.
Hosted by comedian Jimmy Kimmel, Sunday’s ceremony took place at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theater and sparked a fusion of urban music wins with mega superstar performances from artists including Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Ne-Yo, Leona Lewis, Pussycat Dolls and more.
Winning the evening’s first award, rumored love couple Rihanna and Brown nabbed “Favorite Female Soul/R&B Artist” along with “Favorite Female Pop/Rock Artist” and “Favorite Male Pop/Rock Artist,” respectfully. The male superstar would later lead the show’s awards winning “Artist of the Year” and “Favorite Male Soul/R&B Artist.”
Despite leading the night with five nominations, Keys only went home with two trophies for her multi-platinum 2007 release, As I Am, winning “Favorite R&B/Soul Album” and “Favorite Pop/Rock Album.”
Competing against frequent collaborator, Lil’ Wayne, Kanye also grabbed two awards winning “Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album” and “Favorite Male Rap/Hip-Hop Artist” for last year’s Graduation. Winning his first ever AMA awards, Ye dedicated the year’s “Favorite Male” trophy to Weezy.
“If it was last year, this would have been my award,” Ye told the crowd. “This year, it’s Wayne’s award. We’ll see what happens next year.”
The night was highlighted with star-stunning guest appearances and additional performances by Christina Aguilera, Miley Cyrus, New Kids on the Block, Ye, Rihanna, Keys, Pink, Coldplay and others.
Presenters at the event included T-Pain, Paris Hilton, Terrence Howard, Ashley Tisdale and Kate Walsh.