World Music Awards

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World Music Awards
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Awarded forOutstanding achievements in the record industry
First awardedApril 14, 1989; 30 years ago (1989-04-14)
WebsiteOfficial website

The World Music Awards is an international award show founded in 1989 under the high patronage of Albert II, Prince of Monaco and Co-Founder, Executive Producer - John Martinotti of which 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).[citation needed] Nine awards are voted online by the public. The awards are gold-plated, each depicting an artist holding the world. The awards were last held in Monte Carlo, Monaco in 2014.


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. 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 Salle des Etoiles
2004 Las Vegas, United States Thomas & Mack Center
2005 Los Angeles, United States Kodak Theatre
2006 London, United Kingdom 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
2015 No ceremony held

Legend Awards[edit]

The Legend Award honors top recording artists who have made outstanding contributions to the music industry, including;[2]

Diamond Award[edit]

The Diamond Award honors top-selling artists who have been certified as selling over 100,000,000 albums throughout their career, totaling seven so far. [2]

Millennium Awards[edit]

Two special awards were presented in 2000 to honor the best selling recording artists at that time.[3] The awards were presented to Michael Jackson[4] and Mariah Carey[5] in the male and female artist award categories.


  1. ^ "World Music Awards - May 2000". Archived from the original on 2000-10-03. Retrieved 2019-04-07.
  2. ^ a b "World Music Awards :: Awards". Retrieved 6 April 2014.
  3. ^ "World Music Awards; section entitled "The Awards"". Archived from the original on 2000-10-03. Retrieved 2019-04-07.
  4. ^ "Michael Jackson Millennium Award". Retrieved 3 September 2013.
  5. ^ "Winners of the World Music Awards". Société des bains de mer de Monaco. Archived from the original on 15 October 2000. Retrieved 2 September 2013.