BEP Wins Three At AMAs

They ruled the American Music Awards with three wins, but don’t look for the Black Eyed Peas to score another trifecta when Grammy nominations are announced next month.

The band’s most recent record, 2005’s “Monkey Business,” was named favorite rap/hip-hop album Tuesday, but it isn’t eligible for consideration for the Grammy awards in February.

Still, the hybrid hip-hop quartet, which blends rap and vocals with jazzy backdrops and groovy bass lines, is clearly one of America’s favorites, winning best group in both the rap/hip hop and soul/rhythm & blues categories.

Meanwhile, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kelly Clarkson, Mary J. Blige and Rascal Flatts may have become instant Grammy front-runners with double wins at the American Music Awards on Tuesday. Each has a new album that qualifies for consideration.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers were favorite alternative artist and pop/rock band. They accepted their award via satellite from London, with bass player Flea beat-boxing as lead singer Anthony Kiedis thanked “the American people.” Critics have called the band’s latest album, “Stadium Arcadium,” its best in years.

Associated Press