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Sunday, 20 January, 2002, 14:43 GMT
Dido is double winner in France
Geri Halliwell
Geri Halliwell performed after picking up an award
Singer Dido has scooped two prizes at music awards held by the French pop radio network NRJ.

The 30-year-old British star won in the best album and best newcomer categories - days after being struck off the best newcomer list at the Brit awards after organisers realised she was no longer eligible.

Dido won two awards
The accolade comes after Dido was named as the biggest-selling album artist in the UK during 2001, thanks to the huge success of No Angel.

Jennifer Lopez was NRJ's best female artist, beating an impressive line-up of nominees including Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Geri Halliwell and Mariah Carey.

Britney Spears performed at the ceremony, giving a raunchy rendition of I'm a Slave 4 U.

Michael Jackson, whose recent album Invincible was released to decidedly mixed reviews, was not in Cannes to pick up his award.

But he won praise from Spears, who said at a news conference: "He's still my king of pop."

Britney Spears
Britney Spears praised Michael Jackson
Former Spice Girl Halliwell also performed - barefoot and skimpily-dressed - as well as scooping best song of the year with It's Raining Men, originally a UK hit for the Weather Girls in 1984.

Mick Jagger was there to represent an older rock generation, giving an energetic performance of a song from his latest album.

Canadian artist Garou collected three awards: Best French duet of the year with Celine Dion, best French male artist, and best artist as voted by Wanadoo website clients.

The other winners were decided by votes from listeners of the radio network.

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