World Music Awards

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World Music Awards
World Music Awards.jpg
Awarded for Outstanding achievements in the record industry
Country World
First awarded 1989
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 World Music Awards builds hospitals, schools 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.[1]

Awards events[edit]

Year Location Venue
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

Legend Awards[edit]

Past Legend Award winners include:[2]

Chopard Diamond Award[edit]

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. Six artists have been given this award:[2]

Millennium Awards[edit]

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 to the world's best-selling recording-artist of all time.[3] The awards were presented to Michael Jackson[4] and Mariah Carey[5] in the male and female artist award categories.


Most WMAs overall[edit]

Most WMAs won in a single year[edit]

  • 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".

Celine Dion also won five awards at the 1997 World Music Awards including Best Pop Female Artist, Worlds Best-selling Recording Artist and Best Canadian Artist.

  • 50 Cent also won five awards 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.[6]
  • Lady Gaga became the fifth 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.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ World Music Awards - May 2000
  2. ^ a b "World Music Awards :: Awards". Retrieved 6 April 2014. 
  3. ^ World Music Awards; section entitled "The Awards"
  4. ^ "Michael Jackson Millennium Award". Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "Winners of the World Music Awards". Société des bains de mer de Monaco. Retrieved 2 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "50 Cent Sweeps World Music Awards". Billboard. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "Lady Gaga rules the World Music Awards". 21 December 2010. Retrieved 3 September 2013.