Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Hill and McGraw Dominate American Music Awards

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Hill and McGraw Dominate American Music Awards

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LOS ANGELES -- 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. She said it eased the pain after spraining her knee twice in rehearsal.

"Two awards for two sprains," she said backstage. "I'm really happy."

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.

Shock rocker Marilyn Manson had the night's only visible corset.

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. …

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