Chris Brown Tops Hip Hop Awards, Adele Leads AMA Nods

Chris Brown Tops Hip Hop Awards, Adele Leads AMA Nods

Chris Brown Tops Hip Hop Awards, Adele Leads AMA Nods
GRAMMY-nominated artist Chris Brown was the top winner at the BET Hip Hop Awards 2011 on Oct. 11 in Atlanta, garnering four awards for Best Hip Hop Video, Perfect Combo Award, Best Featured Verse, and the People's Champ Award for "Look At Me Now" featuring Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes. Wiz Khalifa, Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj followed with two awards each, including Rookie of the Year, Lyricist of the Year and MVP of the Year, respectively. Additional winners included Jay-Z, LL Cool J, Kanye West, and Hype Williams, among others. In related awards news, nominations for the 2011 American Music Awards were announced today with GRAMMY winner Adele in the lead with four nominations for Pop or Rock Music: Favorite Female Artist, Artist of the Year, Adult Contemporary Music: Favorite Artist, and Pop or Rock Music: Favorite Album for 21. Additional artists garnering nominations were Lady Gaga, Maroon 5, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, Rihanna, and Taylor Swift, among others. The awards will take place Nov. 20 in Los Angeles. (10/12)

Scotty McCreery Sets Billboard 200 Record
"American Idol" winner Scotty McCreery's Clear As Day debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 197,000 units sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, marking the first time a country artist has debuted at the top with their first studio album. At 18, McCreery is also the youngest male artist to premiere at No. 1 with a debut release since Omario debuted at No. 1 with O at age 20 in 2005. Overall album sales for the week ending Oct. 9 totaled 5.1 million units, up 5 percent from the comparable sales week last year. Year-to-date album sales are at 233.6 million, up 3 percent compared to the same point last year and the 20th consecutive week that album sales have been greater than the same period in the prior year. (10/12)

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