Late R&B songstress Aaliyah and country superstar Tim McGraw lead the list of BMI's winners from the 29th annual American Music Awards held Wednesday (1/9/02) in Los Angeles. Aaliyah bested newcomer Alicia Keys twice in the Soul/Rhythm & Blues Music category by scoring wins for Favorite Female Artist and Favorite Album for Aaliyah, her final album before her tragic death in a plane crash last August.
|Aaliyah ||Tim McGraw |
Brooks & Dunn
BMI swept the Country Music category winning all five awards including McGraw's two trophies for Favorite Male Artist and Favorite Album (Set This Circus Down). McGraw later accepted the Favorite Female Artist award for his wife, Faith Hill, who was unable to attend the ceremony. Rounding out the category were country duo Brooks & Dunn, taking home statuettes for Favorite Band, Duo or Group, and country trio Trick Pony, who won the coveted Favorite New Artist award.
Other BMI winners included gospel singer Yolanda Adams (Favorite Artist - Contemporary Inspirational Music), Janet Jackson (Favorite Female Artist - Pop or Rock Music), 'N Sync (Favorite Band, Duo or Group - Pop or Rock Music), Sade (Favorite Artist - Adult Contemporary Music) and Michael Jackson, honored as the American Music Awards' Artist of the Century.