Destiny’s Child and Mariah Carey each walked away with the most honors at Wednesday’s 2005 World Music Awards, which selects winners based on the strength of their worldwide record sales.
Destiny’s Child won for best-selling pop group, best-selling R&B group and best-selling female group of all time, the Associated Press reports.
Carey, who staged a huge comeback this year with “The Emancipation of Mimi,” took the titles of the best-selling R&B artist, best-selling pop female artist and female entertainer of the year.
“This is an incredible night,” Carey said after accepting the top award. “I never expected to be standing here.”
The Game and Gwen Stefani each took honors for the best-selling new male and female artist, respectively, at the ceremony in Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre. The event will air Sept. 13 on ABC.
Stefani, who was on tour, accepted the award from Hillary Duff via satellite and thanked those who bought her debut solo album, “Love.Angel.Music.Baby.” “We’ve been all around the world and that’s my favorite part of everything I do,” she said.
Usher, a triple winner last year, was named 2005’s male entertainer of the year, while 50 Cent won for best-selling pop male artist.
In a pre-show moment, Eminem was presented with two awards – best-selling pop-rock artist and best-selling hip-hop artist – while Irish supergroup U2 took the honors for best-selling rock artist.