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"Idols" victorious at American Music Awards

The 35th year of the American Music Awards resembled an episode of “American Idol,? with show veterans Chris Daughtry and Carrie Underwood winning on Sunday.
The wins of the “Idol? stars over superstars like Justin Timberlake and Beyonce may possibly have come with some help from new voting rules, according to Reuters. The ceremony, the kickoff to Hollywood’s award season, featured public online voting for the first time.
Daughtry’s rock band won awards for favorite breakthrough artist, favorite pop-rock album for “Daughtry,? and favorite adult contemporary artist – winning all three of their nominations and beating out artists like Timberlake and Linkin Park.
Underwood won all three of the categories she was nominated for as well – favorite female country artist, favorite country album for “Some Hearts,? and the T-Mobile text-in award.
Daughtry was a finalist on the fifth season in 2006, while Underwood took the top honor during the fourth season of “Idol.?
Underwood followed her win with the best new artist award at the Grammy Awards this year.
Timberlake was a double winner, receiving male pop-rock artist honors and the soul/R&B album award for his “FutureSex/LoveSounds.?
The Associated Press has a short article about Beyonce’s surprise performance with country band Sugarland, in which they played her hit “Irreplaceable.? Later on in the show, Beyonce accepted the international artist award, which has been given to only a handful of artists, including Michael Jackson, Rod Steward, Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith.
The lengthy list of performers included Rihanna, Chris Brown, Alicia Keys, Maroon 5, Lenny Kravitz, Duran Duran, Celine Dion, Queen Latifah, Avril Lavigne, Rascal Flatts and the Jonas Brothers.
Black Eyed Peas’ Fergie opened the show with songs from her solo debut album.
The awards show, which honors many of the genres in American music today, was hosted for the fourth time by Jimmy Kimmel. In the three-hour ceremony, broadcast live on ABC, joked about the lack of jokes about current events due to the writer’s strike in Hollywood.
“It may not look like it, but I’m striking right now in my heart,? he said.
Not affected by the strike: the show’s basic strike, which The Associated Press said was written before the strike began last week.
The producers of the awards show changed the voting procedures this year.
Winners were decided by a poll of 20,000 music buyers in the past, while about 1.2 million people voted online this year at a Web site made by ABC, a spokesperson told Reuters.
Nominees were still selected in the traditional way, based on national sales and radio play.
The ceremony also changed venues. Traditionally held at the Shrine Auditorium in downtown Los Angeles, this year’s winners were announced at the brand new Nokia Theatre nearby.
While the night’s show may have resembled an episode of “Idol,? it doesn’t have nearly as many viewers as the ratings powerhouse: last year’s ceremony hit a record low of 10.8 million viewer, according to Nielsen Media Research.
That was half the number who tuned in for the “more prestigious? Grammy Awards this past February.

The Associated Press:
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5i_b8tyBVe7EPnTWnQkI81o_qndMAD8T0GIO00
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/arts/AP-American-Music-Awards.html
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/pop/1403ap_american_music_awards_beyonce.html

Reuters:
http://www.reuters.com/article/mediaNews/idUSN1841157620071119