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Tuesday, January 12, 1999 Published at 13:46 GMT


Entertainment

Will Smith scoops music awards

Will Smith accepting his awards at the Shrine Auditorium

Actor and rapper, Will Smith, was the man of the moment at the 26th annual American Music Awards on Monday.

Fresh from his box office triumph in Enemy of the State, Smith won three of the four categories in which he was nominated. The awards were for Favourite Pop/Rock Album and Favourite Male Artist and Album in the Soul/Rhythm and Blues section.

The only category he missed out on was favourite male pop/rock artist which went to British music veteran, Eric Clapton.

Garth Brooks and Celine Dion won two awards each. Brooks won both the country categories he was nominated for, bringing his career total to 13, and Celine Dion was named favourite female artist in both the pop/rock and adult contemporary categories.

Singer-songwriter Billy Joel received a lifetime achievement award. He said "I've been in rock'n'roll bands since I was 14, and I'm 49, so I've been around long enough to get one of these, I figure."

The nominees were drawn from radio airplay and retail sales data, and the winners voted on by a poll of 20,000 members of the American music-buying public. The more prestigious Grammy Awards, which take place next month, are voted on by music industry insiders.





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