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2006 American Music Awards

The awards season started off on a high note as music’s hottest stars gathered at the Shrine Auditorium for the 34th Annual American Music Awards. Comedian Jimmy Kimmel served as host of the show, which recognizes the best in pop/rock, country, soul/rhythm & blues, rap/hip hop, Latin, alternative, adult contemporary and contemporary inspirational music.

Songstress Beyoncé, clad in a beautiful sequined number, opened up the ceremony with her chart-topping hit “Irreplaceable.” Her beau, Jay-Z, fresh from retirement, came back into the spotlight with his song “Show Me What You Got” from his new album, Kingdom Come. Also returning to the music scene was new mom Gwen Stefani. The stylish rocker showed off her svelte figure as she yodeled and rapped to perfection with her single “Wind It Up.” Lionel Ritchie, introduced by his daughter and The Simple Life star, Nicole Ritchie, performed a medley of songs, including the ‘80s hit “All Night Long.” The Pussycat Dolls purred as they sang their brow-raising song “Buttons.” Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx serenaded the audience with “Wish You Were Here.” And The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul, Mary J. Blige, belted out her latest, “We Ride.”

In between the spectacular performances, presenters, including a surprise appearance by pop princess Britney Spears, handed out the coveted crystal statues. Winners were selected based on a survey from about 20,000 listeners.

POWER congratulates all of the 2006 honorees:

Favorite Male Artist: Sean Paul
Favorite Female Artist: Kelly Clarkson
Favorite Band, Duo or Group: Red Hot Chili Peppers
Favorite Album: "All the Right Reasons" – Nickelback

Favorite Male Artist: Toby Keith
Favorite Female Artist: Faith Hill
Favorite Band, Duo or Group: Rascal Flatts
Favorite Album: "Tim McGraw Reflected: Hits Vol. 2" – Tim McGraw

Favorite Male Artist: Jamie Foxx
Favorite Female Artist: Mary J. Blige
Favorite Band, Duo or Group: The Black Eyed Peas
Favorite Album: "The Breakthrough" – Mary J. Blige

Favorite Male Artist: Eminem
Favorite Band, Duo or Group: The Black Eyed Peas
Favorite Album: "Monkey Business" – The Black Eyed Peas

Adult Contemporary:
Favorite Artist: Kelly Clarkson

Favorite Artist: Red Hot Chili Peppers

Favorite Artist: Shakira

Contemporary Inspirational:
Favorite Artist: Kirk Franklin
Favorite Breakthrough Artist: Carrie Underwood

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