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Sunday, 23 September, 2001, 14:38 GMT 15:38 UK
Hear'Say success in kids' awards
Hear'Say
Hear'Say performed at the London ceremony
Pop quintet Hear'Say have found success at the Disney Channel kids awards, winning best new chart shakers.

Some two million voted through the internet and in McDonald's outlets for awards spanning 15 categories.

Atomic Kitten with Brian Dowling
Atomic Kitten were joined by Big Brother winner Brian Dowling for photographs
Girl band Atomic Kitten beat off competition from Britney Spears to win the best female group or artist category.

Irish boy band Westlife won best male group and band of the year.

The Dublin-based group saw off Robbie Williams, Craig David and Atomic Kitten to grab the band of the year title.

The Hear'Say award will come as a boost for the band, who shot to fame after winning the ITV programme Popstars.

Recently hundreds of tickets for their national tour remained unsold.

Michelle Ryan and Dean Gaffney
Actors Michelle Ryan and Dean Gaffney picked up the EastEnders award
The band took the stage at the ceremony and sang their hit singles Pure and Simple and Show Me The Way To Your Love.

Geri Halliwell also performed at the ceremony which took place in London.

Her former Spice Girl colleague Victoria Beckham was nominated in the best dressed celebrity category, but was beaten by TV presenter Cat Deeley.

ITV presenters Ant and Dec, currently engaged in a ratings battle with the BBC's new The Saturday Show, won best TV star.

The pair present ITV1's SM:tv which is being challenged by the BBC's show fronted by Dani Behr and Joe Mace.

Steve Redgrave and James Cracknell with Beverly Turner
Olympic rower Redgrave was joined by team-mate James Cracknell
The best sports personality category was won by five-times Olympic gold medal for rowing winner, Sir Steve Redgrave.

He beat sailing heroine Ellen McArthur and Olympic heptathlon gold medal winner Denise Lewis to win his prize.

BBC One's EastEnders continued an award-winning run with the prize for best soap opera.

Harry Potter author JK Rowling won favourite author award.

See also:

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