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SONY MUSIC ARTISTS TAKE A COMMANDING 10 OF 25 AWARDS AT THE 20TH ANNUAL AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS

 LOS ANGELES, Jan. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- With nearly a quarter of the nominations, Sony Music artists on both Columbia Records and Epic Records took 10 out of 25 awards at the 20th Annual American Music Awards held this evening at the Shrine Auditorium, eclipsing all competing labels. Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, Michael Bolton, Pearl Jam and Kriss Kross were among the big winners. The newly established Michael Jackson International Award was presented to Jackson by Elizabeth Taylor.
 Of the key awards, Sony Music artists won the lion's share, including four out of six in the Pop/Rock category; Favorite Male Artist, Favorite Female Artist, Favorite Album, and Favorite New Artist; in the Soul/Rhythm & Blues category; Favorite Single and Favorite New Artist; in the Heavy Metal/Hard Rock category, Favorite New Artist; in the Rap/Hip Hop categories; Favorite New Artist; and in the Adult Contemporary category; Favorite Artist and Favorite New Album.
 In addition to his International Award, Epic artist Michael Jackson picked up two other awards, including Favorite Pop/Rock Album for "Dangerous" and Favorite Soul/Rhythm & Blues Single, for "Remember the Time." Jackson opened the festivities with a riveting performance of his song, "Dangerous."
 Other big winners this evening included Columbia artist Mariah Carey, who won two awards: Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist and Favorite Adult Contemporary Album for "Unplugged." Carey was nominated in six categories, more than any other artist in this year's American Music Awards.
 For the second year in a row, Columbia artist Michael Bolton was named Favorite Male Artist in the Pop/Rock category. Bolton also won the award for Favorite Artist in the Adult Contemporary category. As one of the evening's performers, Bolton sang two songs, "To Love Somebody," seguing into "Drift Away" from his latest multi-platinum album "Timeless."
 Epic band Pearl Jam capped a brilliant debut year, winning Favorite New Artist in both the Heavy Metal/Hard Rock and Pop/Rock categories. The band's multi-platinum debut album, "Ten," established the band as one of the most promising in years.
 Columbia sensation Kris Kross won awards for Favorite New Artist in two categories: Rap/Hip Hop and Soul/Rhythm & Blues. The duo performed a medley of three songs, "Jump," "Warm It Up," and "It's A Shame," from their multi-platinum debut album, "Totally Krossed Out."
 In addition to the winners, several other Sony Music artists helped make the evening memorable. Gloria Estefan, who co-hosted the ceremonies, performed the Miami Hit Mix, a combination of songs from the album, "Gloria Estefan's Greatest Hits."
 Winners of the annual American Music Awards are selected by the public, in a national survey of approximately 20,000 people.
 Said Tommy Mottola, President of Sony Music, "This was a great night for Sony Music, and for our new and established artists. It's one thing for us to believe so strongly in our artists, but it's even more gratifying to see the American public feeling the same way."
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