Usher sweeps American Music Awards. The ''Confessions'' crooner wins four trophies, while OutKast, Sheryl Crow, and Toby Keith also win multiple prizes

By Gary Susman
Updated November 15, 2004 at 05:00 AM EST

In what may be a preview of February’s Grammys, Usher swept the American Music Awards on Sunday, taking Favorite Male Artist in both the Pop/Rock and Soul/R&B categories, and Favorite Album in both categories, for Confessions.

OutKast also swept all its nominations, winning Favorite Group (both Pop/Rock and Rap/Hip-Hop) and Favorite Album (Rap/Hip-Hop), for the already much celebrated Speakerboxxx/The Love Below. Other multiple winners were Sheryl Crow, who was named Favorite Female Artist (Pop or Rock) and Favorite Artist (Adult Contemporary), Toby Keith, who won Favorite Male Artist and Favorite Album (for Shock’N Y’All) in the Country category.

Country newcomer Gretchen Wilson won the Breakthrough Award, recognizing the best new artist. Rapper Kanye West complained that he was robbed, telling reporters backstage: ”I was the best new artist this year, so get that other bulls— out of here.” Even Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine, whose group was up for the award, said on the red carpet that he thought the winner should be ”Kanye West, Kanye West, Kanye West.” Awards were determined by a poll of 20,000 listeners.

Other prizes: Usher duet partner Alicia Keys won Favorite Female Artist (Soul/R&B). Reba McEntire won Favorite Female Artist (Country). Brooks & Dunn won Best Group (Country). Jay-Z was named Favorite Male Artist (Rap/Hip-Hop). Favorite Alternative Artist was Linkin Park. Marc Anthony was named Favorite Latin Artist. Favorite Contemporary Inspirational Artist was MercyMe. A special Award of Merit went to Bon Jovi. The T-Mobile Text-in Award, voted by viewers during the ceremony, went to Kenny Chesney.