Kanye Named World’s Best Hip-Hop Artist, Michael Jackson’s ‘Come Back’ Falters

The

World Music Awards took place in London for the first time last night (Nov. 15).

The

evening, which paid special tribute to Michael Jackson, was billed as a come back

event for the world’s biggest pop star, but the evening turned out to be a case

of more hype than action. Hundreds

of fans waited for hours outside Earls Court arena in West London to get a glimpse

of the ‘King of Pop.’ Fans

were left disappointed after Jackson failed to greet them when he arrived at the

venue, resulting in angry jeers from the crowd. The

show was opened by Beyonce Knowles, who performed a mix of her hit singles "Ring

the Alarm" and "Deja Vu," which was arguably the best performance

of the night. During

the night, Beyonce also won the award for Best International Female, which was

presented to her by Fashion Icon and fragrance partner, Tommy Hilfiger. Other

winners included Kanye West, who was named World’s Best Hip-Hop Artist, besting

the likes of TI, Busta Rhymes and Chamillionaire, who was incorrectly announced

as "Shamillionaire." The

World’s Best Pop Artist was given to Madonna and the World’s Best Pop/Rock Artist

went to Nelly Furtado. Organizers

had announced that Michael Jackson would perform his hit single "Thriller,"

but Jackson claimed this was a "misunderstanding." Instead,

R&B singer Chris Brown performed the legendary 1983 hit single. Jackson

was recognized for selling over 100 million albums worldwide with a Diamond Award,

which was presented by Beyonce. "He’s

made such a big impact on my life and on every performer’s life," Beyonce

said. "Michael Jackson, we love you. Congratulations to the King". During

an emotional speech, Jackson thanked his friends, family and fans. "I’m

greatly humbled by this award. It was my dream that Thriller would become

the biggest selling album ever," Jackson said. "I thank God and you

for it’s success. There have been so many who have loved and stood by me for the

25 years I have been in the entertainment industry. I’d like to thank my children

particularly Paris, Prince and Blanket for their unconditional love." Finally,

a teenage choir appeared singing the 1985 mega hit, "We Are The World."

It was

supposed to be a step towards Jackson’s come back, but the performance fell flat.

Jackson

managed to sing only a few lines of the song and during the fleeting performance,

his voice appeared to crack and falter on the high notes. The

performance finished midway, when the musical accompaniment suddenly disappeared.

Organizers

of the annual World Music Awards have also been criticized for a chaotic and unorganized

evening. Below

is the 2006 World Music Awards winners: World’s

Best Pop Artist – Madonna World’s Best Pop/Rock Artist – Nelly Furtado World’s

Best Rock Group – Nickelback World’s Best R’n’B Artist – Beyoncé World’s

Best Rap/ Hip Hop Artist – Kanye West World’s Best Latin Artist – Shakira

World’s Best DJ – Bob Sinclair World’s Best New Artist – James Blunt Diamond

Award – Michael Jackson Best-Selling Arabic Artist – Elissa Best-Selling

British Artist – James Blunt Best-Selling German Artist – Tokio Hotel Best-Selling

Irish Artist – Enya Best-Selling Italian Artist – Andrea Bocelli Best-Selling

Russian Artist – Dima Bilan

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