Chris Brown was the big winner, but it was Kanye West's night at the American Music Awards. Instead of his typical tantrum—a trend West started four years ago when he lost the favorite new artist prize—the rapper claimed two trophies last night and called on his colleagues to up their game. "It's our responsibility as musicians to keep pushing each other," West said.
West was named favorite male rap/hip-hop artist and his CD, "Graduation," won favorite rap/hip-hop album. Brown took the night's top honors: artist of the year as well as favorite male artist in both the pop/rock and soul/R&B categories. Brown's gal pal, Rihanna, was named favorite female artist in both the pop/rock and soul/R&B categories. Among performers were Miley Cyrus, New Kids on the Block, and Beyoncé.