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American Music Awards go to veterans

Nov. 16, 2003 at 9:38 PM

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- The 31st annual American Music Awards was shaping up to be a night of veterans Sunday with Alabama, Fleetwood Mac and Luther Vandross taking key honors.

Fleetwood Mac beat out youngsters Matchbox Twenty and 3 Doors Down for the Favorite Pop/Rock Band, Duo or Group award while Alabama set an AMA record for its 23rd career win as it was named Favorite Country Band, Duo or Group.

Vandross, who has been struggling to recover from a debilitating stroke, was named Favorite Male Rhythm & Blues Artist and his album, "Dancing With My Father," won Favorite R&B Album. His mother, Mary, accepted the awards on his behalf.

Other winners included Faith Hill as Favorite Female Country Artist, Favorite Alternative Band linkin park and Favorite Contemporary Inspirational Artist Steven Curtis Chapman.

The Favorite Pop/Rock Album was Justin Timberlake's "Justified."

The show was being broadcast live on ABC from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

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