USA:THE CREAM OF AMERICA'S POP MUSIC GATHER TO BATTLE IT OUT FOR THE TOP HONOURS AT THE ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDSRecord ID: 387473
- Title: USA:THE CREAM OF AMERICA'S POP MUSIC GATHER TO BATTLE IT OUT FOR THE TOP HONOURS AT THE ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS
- Date: 26th January 1998
- Summary: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (JANUARY 26, 1998) (REUTERS TELEVISION - ACCESS ALL) (SOUNDBITE ENGLISH) KENNETH "BABYFACE" EDMONDS SAYING, "I MEAN THERE WERE A LOT OF HOT THINGS THAT THERE OUT THIS YEAR AND IN PARTICULAR I WAS KINDA, INSIDE I WAS PUSHING FOR PUFFY CAUSE PUFFY'S MY GUY YOU KNOW AND I'M REALLY PROUD OF THE WORK HE'S DONE THIS YEAR. HE WORKED HARD AND I KINDA WANTED THAT FOR HIM AND SO AS MUCH AS I LIKE YOU KNOW THE IDEA OF WINNING, THIS, ITS STILL A PART OF ME WANTED HIM TO BE UP THERE WITH ME TOO, THOUGH."
- Reuters ID: LVA86GL3G39CJPFF34QYNKT7C4AC
- Location: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Duration: 00:00:25
- Topics: Entertainment
- Story Text: - INTRO: The Spice Girls made a clean sweep of the 25th annual American Music Awards in Los Angeles on Monday (January 26), winning in all three of their categories, while r&b/rap producer/performer Puff Daddy, having recieved five nominations in varying categories, went home empty-handed.
The British pop sensations, who were rehearsing for their world tour in Dublin won for favourite band, favourite album ("Spice") and favourite new artist in the pop/rock category. Other winners who did not turn up included Frank Sinatra, who received the honourary Award of Merit, Celine Dion, Elton John, Mariah Carey and British rockers Bush.
Perhaps the emotional highlight of the evening was Nancy Sinatra's acceptance of the Award of Merit on behalf of father Frank, whom she told the audience was "the coolest guy on the face of the planet, next to Puff Daddy: my Daddy." Besides the Spice Girls, the other multiple winners were Babyface and George Strait, with two trophies each.
Babyface, the stage name of singer-producer Kenneth Edmonds, won favourite male artist in both the pop/rock and soul/R&B categories.Edmonds, won favourite male artist in both the pop/rock and soul/R&B categories.
Upon accepting his first award to a standing ovation, a surprised Babyface said at the podium that he would be "remiss" if he did not acknowledge Combs: "I love you, I really do... He's my guy." The second time he went up, Babyface took Combs in a lengthy embrace.
Winners who were present included Erykah Badu, who was favourite new artist in the soul/R&B category, and Lee Ann Womack, who won the award in the country category.
Julio Iglesias won the inaugural favourite Latin artist award, beating his heartthrob son, Enrique, and Luis Miguel. The elder Iglesias said backstage that it was only natural for him to win the first award because "I'm the best one, darling." The ceremony took place at the Shrine Auditorium, with comedian Drew Carey hosting. Performers included Puff Daddy, Garth Brooks, Janet Jackson and matchbox 20.
Winners of the American Music Awards are determined by a poll of about 20,000 members of the public who are chosen on the basis of geographic location, age, sex and race. Nominees are based on sales and radio airplay data.
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