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Blunt wins two World Music awards
James Blunt
James Blunt was the only artist to win two awards at the ceremony
Singer James Blunt has won two gongs at the World Music awards which were held in London.

The 32-year-old picked up the title for the best new artist and was also named best-selling British artist.

Michael Jackson, who performed despite saying he was not going to, was given a tribute award for selling over 100 million albums throughout his career.

Madonna, Nelly Furtado and Beyonce were among the other winners at the event, which was hosted by Lindsay Lohan.

The Queen of pop, Madonna, who has recently been criticised for adopting a child from Malawi was not at the ceremony at Earls Court.

Win for Nickelback

Paris Hilton who presented and collected the award on behalf of the singer told the audience the star wanted to "thank her fans."

Beyonce
Beyonce opened the show with her performance

The best R&B artist went to Beyonce for her single, Deja-Vu, which she opened the show with.

Rapper Kanye West picked up the gong for best rap/hip-hop artist and Nelly Furtado took home the award for pop/rock artist.

Rock band Nickelback beat Coldplay and the Red Hot Chili Peppers to the best rock group.

Record sales

Colombian pop star Shakira won best Latin artist, Bob Sinclar took the gong for the best DJ and Enya was awarded with the title of best-selling Irish artist.

Nelly Furtado, Faithless and Katie Melua were among the other acts who performed at the event.

Destiny's Child were named the world's best pop group at last year's event, held at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.

The prizes are awarded to artists based on international record sales. The ceremony will be shown on Channel 4 on 23 November.




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