No Big Surprises At the American Music Awards

(antiTainment) Apart from Anna Nicole Smith's behavior on stage, where she appeared to be under the influence of something and was helped off stage, the American Music Awards turned out pretty much as predicted when it came to the winners. Unless you are Kanye West, who openly complained of being robbed of the"Breakthrough" artist award that went to country new comer Gretchen Wilson. 

Usher was the king of the night with three wins in the Favorite Male Soul-R&B Artist, Best Soul-R&B Album and Best Pop-Rock album categories. Outkast took home two awards for Favorite Pop-Rock Band and Best Rap-Hip-Hop group.

Some were surprised when Sheryl Crow walked away with Favorite Female Artist - Pop or Rock.  Crow also won the award for Favorite Artist - Adult Contemporary Music.   Linkin Park won the Favorite Artist - Alternative Music award for the second year in a row and Bon Jovi was honored with the Award of Merit. 

Unlike the Grammys, where industry insider select the winners, the AMA first nominate artists based on record sales and radio airplay and then the winner are selected by a pool of 20,000 listeners. 

And the Winners Were: 
Favorite Male Artist - Pop or Rock: Usher 
Favorite Female Artist - Pop or Rock: Sheryl Crow 
Favorite Band, Duo or Group - Pop or Rock: OutKast 
Favorite Album - Pop or Rock: "Confessions" (Usher) 
Favorite Male Artist - Soul / Rhythm & Blues Music: Usher 
Favorite Female Artist - Soul / Rhythm & Blues Music: Alicia Keys 
Favorite Album - Soul / Rhythm & Blues Music: "Confessions" (Usher) 
Favorite Male Artist - Country Music: Toby Keith 
Favorite Female Artist - Country Music: Reba McEntire 
Favorite Band, Duo or Group - Country Music: Brooks & Dunn 
Favorite Album - Country Music: "Shock'n Y'All" (Toby Keith) 
Favorite Male Artist - Rap / Hip-Hop: Jay-Z 
Favorite Band, Duo or Group - Rap / Hip-Hop: OutKast 
Favorite Album - Rap / Hip-Hop: "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below" (OutKast) 
Favorite Artist - Alternative Music: Linkin Park 
Favorite Artist - Adult Contemporary Music: Sheryl Crow 
Favorite Artist - Latin Music: Marc Anthony 
Favorite Artist - Contemporary Inspirational Music: MercyMe 
Breakthrough: Gretchen Wilson 
Award of Merit: Bon Jovi 
T-Mobile Text-In Award: Kenny Chesney

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