The American Music Awards 2007 was more of a reality show than an awards show on Sunday, as the two former “Idol” contestants, Chris Daughtry and Carrie Underwood, each won three prizes, thanks to the new fan-based online voting system.

Chris may not have won “American Idol,” but thanks to his band, “Daughtry“, he got as many as three reasons to celebrate as he won the favorite pop-rock album for “Daughtry,” as well as breakthrough artist and adult contemporary artist.

“Wow. I can’t believe we’re in the category with Justin Timberlake and Linkin Park. It’s pretty awesome,” he said. “I want to make sure we thank the fans again because you guys made this all possible for us.”

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Carrie, who is indeed an “Idol,” matched her three wins at the Country Music Association Awards this month with three trophies Sunday: favorite female country artist, favorite country album for “Some Hearts,” and the T-Mobile text-in award.

Elsewhere, Timberlake was a double winner, earning male pop-rock artist honors and the soul/R&B album award for his “FutureSex/LoveSounds.” He was an absentee and accepted the award by video from Australia.

Then there was Usher presenting Beyonce with the international artist award, which has been given to just a handful of artists, including Michael Jackson, Rod Stewart and Aerosmith. I couldn’t understand the real reason for that… but surely it had nothing to do with her ‘bottom’ otherwise the good old MJ wouldn’t have made it to the list.

Comedian Jimmy Kimmel hosted the ceremony, broadcast live on ABC from the new Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. Kimmel said he could not write jokes for the show because of the writers’ strike, but he still managed to blurb out some good ones.
The one which really got me all cracked up was Kimmel introducing Snoop Dogg as “one of America’s most beloved and arrested hip-hop stars.”

Earlier, Fergie opened the show with some really nice songs from her debut album.

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