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Spice Girls Clean Up At American Music Awards

January 28, 1998 12:00 AM ET

The Spice Girls were the big winners Monday night at the 25th annual American Music Awards, walking away with three awards in the pop/rock category, for favorite album (Spice), new artist, and band, duo, or group.

But, while the Spice Girls had plenty to celebrate, Puff Daddy, in one of the biggest surprises of the evening, lost in all five categories in which he was nominated. The evening's other multiple winners were Babyface, who won twice, for favorite male artist in both the pop/rock and soul/R&B categories; and George Strait, who nabbed two wins in the country category, for male artist and album ("Carrying Your Love With Me").

Also winning awards were Celine Dion (female artist, pop/rock), Mariah Carey (female artist, soul/R&B), Boyz II Men (band, duo, or group, soul/R&B), Share My World by Mary J. Blige (album, soul/R&B), Erykah Badu (new artist, soul/R&B)and Bush (artist, alternative).

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