World Music Awards
|World Music Awards|
|Awarded for||Outstanding achievements in the record industry|
|Official website||Official website|
The World Music Awards is an international awards show founded in 1989 under the High Patronage of Albert II, Prince of Monaco and is based in Monte-Carlo. Awards are presented to the World's best-selling Artists in the various categories and to the best-selling Artists from each major territory. Sales figures are provided by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI). Nine Awards are voted online by the public. The Awards are gold-plated, each depicting an Artist holding the world, and are designed and manufactured by R.S. Owens & Co. who also make the Oscars.
The awards show is broadcast to North and South America, all of Europe, the Middle East, Japan and Southeast Asia, all of China, India, Korea, Indonesia, Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, and all of Africa, reaching an estimated worldwide audience of one billion viewers in over 160 countries.
The World Music Awards is produced by Marcor International, a Production Company based in Monaco. John Martinotti is the Executive Producer and Founder of the show, Melissa Corken is Executive Producer as well, and Jason Shepherd is the Producer. The show has received much of its publicity and press from utilizing outside companies. The World Music Awards has a solid base of followers on Facebook and Twitter.
The World Music Awards builds hospital, pagong and orphanages through the Monaco Aide et Presence Foundation and the Combonian Missionary Association which assist underdeveloped Areas in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Brazil. To date, there are 23 operational Centres saving lives and providing shelter and education including a hospital at Port Bouet in Côte d'Ivoire serving a population of over 170,000 inhabitants, a hospital, 2 homes and a school in India, a home in Sri Lanka for handicapped girls, a hospital in Rwanda, a hospital in Darfur, a hospital and school in Niger, a health centre and home in Cameroun and a hospital in Cambodia. Additionally, a home for abandoned children in Brazil, plus a hospital, school and 12 homes in Madagascar have been constructed, and the complete renovation and extension of an existing hospital in Mokatam, Egypt.
|1989||Monte Carlo, Monaco||Casino de Monte-Carlo|
|1991||Salle des Etoiles|
|2004||Las Vegas, Nevada||Thomas & Mack Center|
|2005||Los Angeles, California||Kodak Theatre|
|2006||London, England||Earls Court Exhibition Centre|
|2007||Monte Carlo, Monaco||Salle des Etoiles|
|2009||No ceremony held|
|2010||Monte Carlo, Monaco||Salle des Etoiles|
|2011||No ceremony held|
|2014||Monte Carlo, Monaco||Salle des Etoiles|
Past Legend Award winners include:
Chopard Diamond Award
The Chopard Diamond World Music Award was created in 2001 to honor artists who have sold over 100 million albums over the course of their careers. It is not presented every year. To date only 6 artists won this award:
- 2001: Rod Stewart
- 2003: Mariah Carey
- 2004: Celine Dion
- 2005: Bon Jovi
- 2006: Michael Jackson
- 2008: The Beatles
Apart from the world's best-selling artists in the various categories and the national best-selling artists, special millennium awards were presented in 2000, for the very first time to the world's best-selling recording-artist of all time. The awards were presented to Michael Jackson and Mariah Carey in the male and female artist award categories. Although contrary to popular belief, Madonna as sold more than Mariah Carey. Which brought up speculation to why Madonna did not receive the award. In fact, it has been reported that Madonna had declined to receive the award. 
Most WMAs overall
Most WMAs won in a single year
- Whitney Houston won a record five awards at the 1994 WMA show. Some of her awards include: "World's Best Pop Artist", "World's Best R & B Artist", "World's Best-Selling Recording Artist" "Best-Selling American Artist".
- Michael Jackson tied this record at the 1996 WMA show. Some of his awards include "World's Best Selling Album of All Time" (Thriller), World's Best Pop Male Artist" and "World's Best-Selling Male Artist".
- 50 Cent made the record a three-way tie at the 2003 WMA show. His awards include Best-Selling American Artist, World's Best Pop Male Artist, World's Best R&B Artist, World's Best Hip-Hop Artist, and World's Best New Artist.
- Lady Gaga became the fourth artist to win five awards at the 2010 WMA show. She won the awards for World's Best Single, World's Best Album, World's Best Pop/Rock Artist, World's Best New Artist, and Best-Selling American Artist.
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