2005 World Music Awards

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Under the patronage of Prince Albert II of Monaco the 17th annual World Music Awards were conducted at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California on August 31, 2005.[1] This is only the second time that the awards show has been held outside of Monaco. The five-hour awards show was co-hosted by Carmen Electra and Desperate Housewives' James Denton.[1] The awards are based solely on record sales certified by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, a London-based trade group that represents the major record labels.[2] Proceeds are donated to the Prince's favorite charity: the Monaco Aide and Presence Foundation. Usher, Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, Amerie, Rihanna, and Teairra Marí paid tribute to Destiny's Child, who received an award for being the best-selling female group of all time. Patti LaBelle dedicated her performance of "I'll Stand By You" to the victims of Hurricane Katrina as did Stevie Wonder and Kidd Rock when they closed the show at 2am with a duet of "Living for the City".[2] Other performers included: 50 Cent, Amerie, Biagio Antonacci, Carlos Santana, Ciara, Delta Goodrem, Destiny's Child, Elissa. Eminem, Fantasia Barrino, Jay-Z, Kelly Clarkson, Mariah Carey, Michelle Branch, Philip Kirkorov, Ricky Martin, Rob Thomas, Shakira and Snoop Dogg. The show was broadcast in the United States by the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) on September 13, 2005.

World Diamond Award[edit]

The Diamond Award honors those recording-artists who have sold over 100 million albums during their career.


All Time[edit]

Entertainers of the Year[edit]



Pop Rock[edit]

  • World's Best-Selling Pop Rock Artist: Eminem

Rap Hip-Hop[edit]

  • World's Best-Selling Rap Hip-Hop Artist: Eminem


  • World's Best-Selling Rock Group: U2
Mariah Carey, the Netherlands, April 1, 1998


Regional Awards[edit]


  • Mariah Carey won four awards: (1) *Best-Selling R&B Artist, (2) *Best-Selling Pop Female Artist, (3) Female Entertainer of the Year and (4) American Artist
  • Destiny's Child won three awards: (1) *Best-Selling Pop Group, (2) *Best-Selling R&B Group and (3) *Best-Selling Female Group of All Time.


  1. ^ a b Keller, Julie (2005-09-01). "Destiny's World Domination". E! Online. Yahoo Music News. Archived from the original on 18 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-13.
  2. ^ a b "World Music Awards bring few surprises". Reuters. The Sydney Morning Herald. 2005-09-02. Retrieved 2008-02-13.
  3. ^ a b c d Baracaia, Alexa (2005-09-01). "The night that Destiny ruled the world... World Music Awards". The Evening Standard. p. 19.