World Music Awards

The World Music Awards (founded in 1989) is an international awards show that annually honors recording artists based on their worldwide sales figures, which are provided by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI). John Martinotti is an executive producer and co-founder of the show.

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.

The 20th Annual World Music will take place on November 9, 2008 in Monte Carlo.


All the proceeds from the show go to the Monaco Aide and Presence Foundation, which assists underdeveloped areas mainly in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Brazil. So far, many projects have been successfully carried out; a hospital at Port Bouet in Côte d'Ivoire serving a population of over 170,000 inhabitants, a home in Katukuranda, Sri Lanka for handicapped girls, a hospital and school in Niger, and a hospital in Cambodia. Additionally, a home for abandoned children in Brazil, plus a village for the homeless in Madagascar have been constructed, and the complete renovation of an existing hospital in Mokatam, Egypt.

The Awards and Award Winners

According to the official World Music Awards website: "The World's best-selling recording-artists in the various categories are determined after a thorough research conducted by the organization on record certifications and record company sales figures". The national member associations of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) is the organisation that provides the World music organisation with the names of their overall best-selling artists and groups.

Each year, the WMS awards the best selling artist from each major country.

  • Legend Awards

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.

  • Chopard Diamond Award

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.

  • Millennium Awards.

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.


Most WMAs won

  • Mariah Carey has received sixteen World Music Awards, the most for any artist.
  • Michael Jackson has received fifteen World Music Awards, the most for any male artist.

Most WMAs won in a single year

  • Whitney Houston has the record for winning five Awards at the 1994 WMA show. Some of these include, World's Best Selling R&B Artist, World's Best Selling Overall Recording Artist, and World's Best Selling Recording Artist of the Era.
  • Two years later, Michael Jackson tied this record at the 1996 World Music Awards show. Some of his awards include "Best Selling Album Of All Time, Thriller, Best Selling Male Artist of 1996, and Best Selling Artist Ever.
  • In 2003 50 cent made this record a three-way-tie at the WMA show. His awards include World's Best Selling Artist of 2003, World's Best Male Pop Artist, World's Best RnB Artist, World's Best Hip-Hop Artist and World's Best New Artist.

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