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Published:September 13th, 2005 16:14 EST
America hits it big in the 2005 World Music Awards

America hits it big in the 2005 World Music Awards

By Jermaine Uwahiriwe

Kodak Theatre Hollywood: In August 2005, American artists collected the most honors at the 2005 World Music Awards, which selects winners based on the strength of their worldwide record sales.

The Diva super group Destiny’s Child started off the show of which spirits were evidently tempered due to the life losses and destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina in the south of the country.

"We saw the aerial photos this morning and that's when it really hit home, the devastation," said Co-host James Denton when reflecting on Katrina.

Destiny’s Child trio which plans to break up soon, won for best-selling pop group, best-selling R&B group and best-selling female group of all time.

Carey, who made an enormous comeback this year with “The Emancipation of Mimi,” was named the best-selling pop female artist, female entertainer of the year and best-selling R&B artist after vying along with other Americans: Alicia Keys, Usher, R. Kelly and Ciara (American Idol).

“This is an incredible night, I never expected to be standing here.” Said Carey.

Green Day faced Coldplay, an english rock group, the Killers, Three Doors Down and Irish veterans U2 for best rock act.Usher, 50 Cent and Eminem were also up respectively for male entertainer of the year award, best-selling pop male award and best-selling hip-hop artist award.The show illustrated its international side of awards when British rock Super groups U2 and Rolling Stone and mexican born guitarist Carlos Santana picked up some of key categories awards. Several awards were handed out prior to the show, including some recognizing best-selling artists by country."It's global," singer Ricky Martin said of the show. "It's the world telling some artists they're doing a good job, because you get an award if you sell, so that's the audience talking"

Established in 1989, the World Music Awards used to take place in Monaco, France, they made their American debut last year in Las Vegas in a bid to gain a higher profile.

The awards are based solely on record sales certified by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, a London-based trade group that represents the major record labels. Yet it’s the fans who determine the winners.

The awards went to the best-selling artists for each category:

Pop Group: Destiny's Child
Pop Female Artist: Mariah Carey
Pop Male Artist: 50 Cent
New Female Artist: Gwen Stefani
New Male Artist: The Game
R&B Artist: Mariah Carey
New Group: The Killers
R&B Group: Destiny's Child
Pop/Rock Artist: Eminem Rock Artist: U2
Rap/Hip-Hop Artist: Eminem
Best-selling Female Group of All Time: Destiny's Child
Male Entertainer of the Year: Usher
Female Entertainer of the Year: Mariah Carey
Best-Selling Touring Band: The Rolling Stones
Diamond Award: Bon Jovi
Legend Award: Carlos Santana
Best-selling Artist/Australia: Delta Goodrem
Best-selling Artist/England: Coldplay
Best-selling Artist/Netherlands: Within Temptation
Best-selling Artist/Russia: Philip Kirkorov
Best-selling Artist/Germany: Rammstein
Best-selling Artist/Lebanon: Elissa
Best-selling Artist/Italy: Biagio Antonacci
Best-selling Artist/Switzerland: DJ Bobo
Best-selling Artist/Spain: Alejandro
Best-selling Artist/France: Raphael
Best-selling Artist/Greece: Sakis
Best-selling Artist/Japan: Ayumi Hamasaki
Best-selling Artist/Canada: Michael Buble