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11/15/2004 1:32:49 AM

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R&B singer Usher, the smooth sensation behind four consecutive chart-topping singles and the biggest-selling album of the year, swept the American Music Awards on Sunday, winning all four categories in which he was nominated.

Rapper Kanye West provided the evening's main drama when he told reporters backstage that he was "definitely robbed" of the prize for breakthrough new artist, which went instead to country star Gretchen Wilson.

"I was the best new artist this year, so get that other bull out of here," said West.

Other multiple winners included hip-hop duo OutKast with three awards, and singer/songwriter Sheryl Crow and country rocker Toby Keith with two each.

OutKast won all three categories in which it was nominated: favorite album (rap/hip-hop), and favorite group (pop/rock and rap/hip-hop).

Antwan "Big Boi" Patton, half of the superstar duo, told reporters backstage that OutKast hoped to have a new album out by June. The band's current release, "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below," won the 2004 Grammy for album of the year.

He also revealed a desire to work with reclusive English singer Kate Bush (news).

"We're tryin' to find her, but people say she's crazy," he said.

Some other winners were:

Rap-Hip Hop:

Male Artist: Jay-Z.

Band, Duo or Group: OutKast.

Album: "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below," OutKast.

American Music Award winners are determined by a national poll of 20,000 people, with nominees drawn from retail sales and radio airplay data. The more prestigious Grammys are determined by music industry insiders.


 

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