2008 American Music Awards Winners

2008 ama winnersKanye West received his first-ever American Music Awards and delivered a stellar performance of his new single, “Heartless.”

“I’d like to thank everyone who accepted me trying to break new boundaries in music,” West said after his first win. “It’s our responsibility as musicians to keep pushing each other. … We will be the new Beatles, the new (Jimi) Hendrix. I want to be Elvis.”

Those who performed include Miley Cyrus, Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, Natasha Bedingfield, Coldplay, The Fray, Jonas Brothers, Alicia Keys, Annie Lennox, Leona Lewis, Ne-Yo, New Kids on the Block, Pink, Pussycat Dolls, Taylor Swift, Kanye West and Rihanna.

Here’s the complete list of the winners:

POP/ ROCK MUSIC

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST
WINNER: Chris Brown
• Kid Rock
• Usher

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST
• Mariah Carey
• Alicia Keys
WINNER: Rihanna

FAVORITE BAND, DUO OR GROUP
• Coldplay
• Eagles
WINNER: Daughtry

FAVORITE ALBUM

• Coldplay – Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends
• Eagles – Long Road Out of Eden
WINNER: Alicia Keys – As I Am

COUNTRY MUSIC

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST
• Garth Brooks
• Kenny Chesney
WINNER: Brad Paisley

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST
• Reba McEntire
WINNER: Taylor Swift
• Carrie Underwood

FAVORITE BAND, DUO OR GROUP
• Brooks & Dunn
• Sugarland
WINNER: Rascal Flatts

FAVORITE ALBUM
• Garth Brooks – The Ultimate Hits
• Rascal Flatts – Still Feels Good
WINNER: Carrie Underwood – Carnival Ride

RAP/HIP-HOP MUSIC

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST
• Flo Rida
• Lil Wayne
WINNER: Kanye West (Gives Award to Lil’ Wayne)

FAVORITE BAND, DUO OR GROUP
• G Unit
WINNER: Three 6 Mafia
• Wu-Tang Clan

FAVORITE ALBUM
• Jay-Z – American Gangster
• Lil Wayne – Tha Carter III
WINNER: Kayne West – Graduation

SOUL/RHYTHM & BLUES

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST
WINNER: Chris Brown
• J. Holiday
• Usher

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST
• Mary J. Blige
• Alicia Keys
WINNER: Rihanna

FAVORITE ALBUM
• Mary J. Blige – Growing Pains
• Mariah Carey – E=MC2
WINNER: Alicia Keys – As I Am

SOUNDTRACKS

FAVORITE ALBUM
WINNER: Alvin And The Chipmunks
• Juno
• Mamma Mia!

ALTERNATIVE ROCK MUSIC

FAVORITE ARTIST
• Coldplay
• Foo Fighters
WINNER: Linkin Park

ADULT CONTEMPORARY MUSIC

FAVORITE ARTIST
• Daughtry
• Eagles
WINNER: Jordin Sparks

LATIN MUSIC

FAVORITE ARTIST
WINNER: Enrique Iglesias
• Juanes
• Wisin Y Yandel

CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL

FAVORITE ARTIST
• Casting Crowns
• MercyMe
WINNER: Third Day

T-MOBILE BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST
• Colbie Caillat
• Flo Rida
WINNER: Jonas Brothers
• Paramore
• The-Dream

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
• Lil’ Wayne
WINNER: Chris Brown
• Alicia Keys
• Eagles
• Coldplay