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"Idol" worship at American Music Awards

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The American Music Awards resembled a greatest-hits version of "American Idol" on Sunday, as two former contestants of the hit talent show, Chris Daughtry and Carrie Underwood, each won three prizes.

Daughtry's eponymous rock band and country singer Underwood overshadowed the likes of superstars Justin Timberlake and Beyonce, possibly with some help from new voting rules.

In a move that mimicked the fan-based element of "American Idol," the producers of the ratings-challenged awards show allowed fans to vote online. Winners were traditionally determined by an opinion poll of 20,000 music buyers.

Producers said about 1.2 million people voted online at a Web site established by the show's U.S. broadcaster, ABC. By contrast, 74 million votes were cast by telephone for the grand finale of "American Idol" on Fox in May.

Daughtry, a finalist on the fifth season of "American Idol" in 2006, won for favorite breakthrough artist, favorite adult contemporary artist, and favorite pop/rock album for their chart-topping self-titled release.

While he thanked the English creator of the "Idol" format, Simon Fuller, Daughtry noted that he was an artist before he entered the show.

"The show didn't make me who I am. It just gave me an opportunity to show everybody else who I was," he told reporters backstage.

"HECK OF A NIGHT"

Source: Reuters

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