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.
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Ashanti poses with her awards at the 30th annual American Music Awards, Monday in Los Angeles. The singer won Favorite New Artist-Pop or Rock 'n Roll Music and Favorite New Artist-Hip-Hop/Rhythm & Blues Music.

The Associated Press


FYI: AMA winners

Winners at the 30th annual American Music Awards:

  • Male Artist: Eminem
  • Female Artist: Sheryl Crow
  • Band, Duo or Group: Creed
  • Album: "The Eminem Show," Eminem
  • New Artist: Ashanti SOUL-RHYTHM & BLUES
  • Male Artist: Eminem
  • Female Artist: Mary J. Blige
  • Band, Duo or Group: OutKast
  • Album: "The Eminem Show," Eminem
  • New Artist: Ashanti COUNTRY
  • Male Artist: Tim McGraw
  • Female Artist: Martina McBride
  • Band, Duo or Group: Dixie Chicks
  • Album: "Home," Dixie Chicks
  • New Artist: Carolyn Dawn Johnson
  • Alternative music: Creed
  • Latin: Enrique Iglesias
  • Contemporary inspirational: Avalon
  • Adult contemporary: Celine Dion
  • Soundtrack: "Spider-Man"
  • Fan's choice award: Nelly
  • New music award: Moe Loughran
  • Award of Merit: Alabama Michael Jackson International Artist of the Year: Madonna

  • LOS ANGELES - R&B newcomer Ashanti won favorite new hip-hop/R&B artist and new pop artist at the American Music Awards on Monday while Eminem claimed the favorite hip-hop album prize for "The Eminem Show."
    "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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