World Music Awards

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World Music Awards
Awarded forOutstanding achievements in the music industry
First awarded14 April 1989; 35 years ago (1989-04-14)
Last awarded2014

The World Music Awards is an international award show founded in 1989 under the patronage of Albert II, Prince of Monaco and co-founder/executive producer John Martinotti. The event is based in Monte Carlo. Awards are presented to the world's best-selling artists in a number of categories and to the best-selling artists from each major territory.[1][2] The most awarded artist in the history of the World Music Awards is Mariah Carey, with nineteen wins.[citation needed]

Nine awards are voted for online by the public.[citation needed] The awards are gold-plated, each depicting an artist holding the world. The event was last held in 2014.[3]


Each edition of the World Music Awards builds a hospital, school, or orphanage through the Monaco Aide et Presence Foundation and/or the Combonian Missionary Association, which both assist underdeveloped areas in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and South America. There are 23 operational centres still saving lives and providing shelter and education for those in need:[citation needed]




  • Coimbatore, India – two homes for abandoned children
  • Katukuranda, Sri Lanka – home for handicapped girls
  • Yaounde, Cameroon
  • Akamasoa Madagascar – twelve homes
  • Nova Iguaçu, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – home for abandoned children
  • St. Louis, Haiti

World Music Awards has also paid for five wells to provide clean water in Africa.[4]

Awards events[edit]

Year Location Venue
1989 Monte Carlo, Monaco Salle des Etoiles
2004 Las Vegas, United States Thomas & Mack Center
2005 Los Angeles, United States Kodak Theatre
2006 London, United Kingdom Earls Court Exhibition Centre
2007 Monte Carlo, Monaco Salle des Etoiles

Legend Award[edit]

The Legend Award honors top recording artists who have made outstanding contributions to the music industry. Notable winners of the award include:[5]

Diamond Award[edit]

The Diamond Award honors top-selling artists who have been certified as selling over 100,000,000 albums throughout their career. It has been awarded to six recipients to date:[5]

Millennium Award[edit]

Two special awards were presented in 2000 to honor the best-selling recording artists at that time.[6] The awards were presented to Michael Jackson[7] and Mariah Carey[8] in the male and female artist award categories, respectively.


  1. ^ Davis, Don (19 May 2010). "Lady Gaga, Black Eyed Peas win big at World Music Awards". Variety. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  2. ^ Gonzalez, Victor (20 December 2012). "World Music Awards 2012 in Miami: Beyonce, Justin Bieber, Jimmy Buffet Nominated". Miami New Times. Archived from the original on 11 July 2020. Retrieved 16 April 2021.
  3. ^ "World Music Awards Red Carpet Pre-Show". Billboard. 27 May 2014. Retrieved 12 July 2014.
  4. ^ "World Music Awards - May 2000". Archived from the original on 3 October 2000. Retrieved 7 April 2019.
  5. ^ a b "World Music Awards :: Awards". Retrieved 6 April 2014.
  6. ^ "World Music Awards; section entitled "The Awards"". Archived from the original on 3 October 2000. Retrieved 7 April 2019.
  7. ^ "Michael Jackson Millennium Award". Retrieved 3 September 2013.
  8. ^ "Winners of the World Music Awards". Société des bains de mer de Monaco. Archived from the original on 15 October 2000. Retrieved 2 September 2013.

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