The awards show is conducted under the patronage of H.S.H. Prince Albert of Monaco, Monte-Carlo. Until 2003 the show was conducted in Monte Carlo. The 2004 show was held in Las Vegas, Nevada (U.S.) on September 15. The 2005 show was held at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, California. The 2006 show was on November 15, 2006 which also featured Michael Jackson was held at Earls Court in London, United Kingdom and since 2007 the ceremonies are back at on the Côte d'Azur. The show is broadcast to North and South America, all of Europe, the Middle East, Japan and South East Asia, all of mainland China, some other parts of Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and all of Africa reaching an estimated worldwide audience of around one billion viewers, in over 160 countries.The show receives much of its publicity and press from utilizing outside companies. One of the major companies used for this purpose is The International Academy of Music Arts and Sciences.
Each year, the WMS awards the best selling artist from each major country.
Legend Awards are given to artists "in recognition of their global success and outstanding contribution to the music industry. Past winners include Tina Turner, Patti Labelle, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Modern Talking, Ace of Base, Diana Ross, Julio Iglesias, Tina Cousins, Rod Stewart, Lionel Richie, Ray Charles, Cher, Celine Dion, Plácido Domingo,Mary J. Blige, Luciano Pavarotti, Destiny's Child, Prince, Janet Jackson, and Carlos Santana.
The Chopard Diamond World Music Award is a new award, given to artists who have sold over 100 million albums over the course of their careers. Past winners are Rod Stewart, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, and Bon Jovi. Michael Jackson received the Diamond Award for 2006.
Apart from the world's best-selling artists in the various categories and the national best-selling artists, special millennium awards were presented in 2000, for the very first time to the world's best-selling recording-artist of all time. The awards were presented to Michael Jackson and Mariah Carey in the male and female categories respectively.
The 29th International Reggae & World Music Awards (IRAWMA) Returns To NYC On May 2; Star-Studded Event Dedicated To 'Health Awareness' And 'People Of Haiti'
Apr 15, 2010; New York - A number of music awards acknowledge Reggae and World music, with one or two categories thrown in to show some...