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Whitney Houston big winner at Billboard Music Awards

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CRYSTAL CAVINESS

LOS ANGELES -- Whitney Houston was the big winner Wednesday night at the 1993 Billboard Music Awards, taking 11 awards. Garth Brooks won four awards, and Rod Stewart was given a special honor at the Los Angeles awards show.

Billboard Award winners are chosen on the basis of record sales, radio air play and marketplace tallies.

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Houston's album 'The Bodyguard' and its single, 'I Will Always Love You' brought her an armful of awards, including: hot 100 singles artist; hot 100 single; single most weeks at No. 1; R&B single; R&B album; album; R&B singles artist; soundtrack album and album most weeks on top of the charts, and world artist.

Brooks was top country artist, country single, country album and pop artist.

'Love Is' by Vanessa Williams and Brian McKnight was named top adult contemporary single; Aerosmith was named No. 1 rock artist; Dr. Drewas named top R&B artist; Stone Temple Pilots won for rock track; Illegal had the top rap single with 'We Getz Buzy' and Jon Secada was named top adult contemporary artist.

Stewart, who performed 'Having a Party,' received the Artist Achievement Award honoring his 24-year career. A video montage saluted singles from his 22 albums as the 50-something British singer danced throughout the audience in his legendary style.

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Don Henley introduced a live performance medley from 'Common Thread, ' the album of Eagles' singles performed by various artists. Suzy Bogguss sang 'Take it to the Limit,' Trisha Yearwood sang 'New Kid in Town,' and Travis Tritt performed 'Take it Easy,' all songs from the album that raises funds for Walden Woods, a sanctuary made famous as the scene of Thoreau's 'Walden Pond,' and Henley's pet project.

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