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Published: Tuesday, 1/9/2001

Faith Hill, husband dominate American Music Awards

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The country husband-and-wife team of Faith Hill and Tim McGraw dominated the American Music Awards yesterday, as Hill earned bragging rights at home with three of their four trophies.

The rock band Creed and soul singer Toni Braxton each won two awards, an honor decided by music fans.

Hill was named favorite female artist, favorite female country artist, and her disc, “Breathe,” was named best country album. McGraw won favorite male country artist.

“We have a philosophy,” Hill said. “We work hard, we have fun, and be nice.”

Creed was chosen favorite alternative music artist, and their multi-platinum album, “Human Clay,” beat teen favorites 'N Sync and Britney Spears in the best pop album category. Each artist was snubbed by the Grammys in that category.

Braxton won her third American Music Award for favorite soul album, after winning in 1995 and 1997, and favorite female rhythm `n' blues artist.

Score one for the Backstreet Boys in the boy band rivalry; they beat `N Sync and Creed for favorite pop group. 'N Sync, however, won a trophy voted on by fans in an Internet poll.

Destiny's Child, of “Say My Name” fame, was named favorite rhythm 'n' blues group. The Dixie Chicks were the favorite country group.

The belly button-baring count stood at nine. Jennifer Lopez performed in a midriff-exposing outfit, host Britney Spears stripped off a pink gown in favor of a skimpy two-piece in the show's first seven minutes. The busy Spears, co-host with LL Cool J, revealed eight separate outfits.

Unlike the Grammys, which are voted on by Recording Academy members, music fans determine the awards, making them a popularity contest. A polling group sent out 20,000 ballots to record buyers.

The rock band 3 Doors Down, who made the hit song, “Kryptonite,” was named favorite new artist in the pop category. Donnell Jones won the same honor in the rhythm 'n' blues category. Country singer Billy Gilman won the award as a country artist.

Two artists who were largely idle last year won trophies: Kid Rock as favorite male pop artist and Celine Dion as favorite adult contemporary artist.

Veteran rapper Dr. Dre beat out his protege, Eminem, for favorite rap artist.

Brian McKnight beat D'Angelo and Sisqo as favorite male soul artist, proving two names beat one.

Janet Jackson was singled out for the special Award of Merit given each year for “outstanding contributions to the musical entertainment of the American public.”

Aerosmith received a special International Artist Award.



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