After a three year hiatus the World Music Awards returned last night (27th May), the ceremony, which is always held at Le Sporting Club, Monte Carlo honours the best selling recording artists globally, which quite frankly is why you won’t have heard of half the winners. Still of course there were the usual suspects in attendance, with Miley Cyrus picking up two awards for Best Female Act and Best Pop Video for the controversial Wrecking Ball, directed by Terry Richardson. Cyrus even managed to leave the house NOT wearing a leotard for once.
Best Male went to Han Geng, a Chinese Mandopop superstar while Israeli-French singer Tal picked up an award, as did Belgium electronic/hip-hop singer songwriter Stromae. Other winners you would have heard of included Fall Out Boy, Flo Rida, Jason Derulo and, err, Ricky Martin, who scooped the Latin Legend Award.
Mariah Carey was presented with the Pop Icon Award, but not until she had kept everyone at the ceremony waiting for a whopping four hours after the launch for her new album Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse which was also taking place in Monaco was delayed. A spokesperson for the WMA’s said “We don’t know why Mariah is late, she’s just being Mariah,”, of course.
There was another mishap when Sharon Stone reportedly failed to show up to present one of the awards, organisers drafted in former Baywatch babe Pamela Anderson to replace her, speaking to reporters on the red carpet she said “Sharon Stone has pulled out last minute and I’ve just been asked to stand in, its crazy”. Good old Pammy.
James Arthur even managed to get in on the action, the outspoken X Factor winner who enjoys a good Twitter rant, ahem, was nominated for six, yes SIX awards last night and also performed at the show.
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