Newcomer Ashanti makes AMA splash
Published: Tuesday, January 14, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 14, 2003 at 12:02 a.m.
FYI: AMA winners
Winners at the 30th annual American Music Awards:
"Definitely got to say, thank God for giving me the strength to do this," said Ashanti, best known for the singles "Foolish" and "Happy," while accepting the hip-hop award.
She lost to Eminem in the hip-hop album category. He wasn't there to accept his award; his "8 Mile" co-star Mekhi Phifer accepted it for him.
"Hey y'all, this is Eminem on the phone!" Phifer said as he carried a cell phone onstage.
Two groups that did not attend the event had two awards each. Hard-rock band Creed was honored for favorite rock group and alternative performance, and the Dixie Chicks won for favorite country band and country album for "Home."
The show, broadcast live on ABC, was hosted by the frequently foul-mouthed Ozzy Osbourne and his family, who gave network censors a workout.
They were bleeped so much during their opening introduction that it was hard for television viewers to understand what they were saying.
Osbourne, his wife, Sharon, and children Kelly and Jack took the stage, bellowing and teasing former pop star couple Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears, who were sitting apart but seemed to take the kidding well.
"Why aren't you two gorgeous people together?" asked Sharon before quipping about Justin: "I'm going to have to take him, Britney!"
Sheryl Crow won favorite female pop-rock artist. The singer thanked band mates and managers before ending her speech with: "Peace, peace this year!"
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