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Sunday May 7, 2006

Destiny's Child win special achievement honor at MTV Asia Awards in Thailand


BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) _ R&B superstars Destiny's Child, who recently disbanded after a string of chart-topping hits, won a special achievement award for their contribution to international pop music at the MTV Asia Awards 2006 in Thailand's capital. 

Former band member Kelly Rowland accepted the award on Saturday night on behalf of the Grammy-winning trio and thrilled some 4,600 fans at Bangkok's Siam Paragon with the first-ever live performance of her upcoming debut solo single, "Gotsta Go.'' 

Rowland and her ex-bandmates, Beyonce Knowles and Michelle Williams, disbanded last year to pursue solo careers, but their MTV Asia Special Achievement in Music award was warranted for "their contribution to the music world and their immeasurable impact on pop culture,'' MTV Asia said in a statement on its Web site. 

Canadian singer-songwriter Daniel Powter was among an array of Western and Asian stars who took the stage in Bangkok. Powter showed off his piano-playing skills with a tender rendition of his worldwide smash ballad "Bad Day,'' which spent five weeks at No. 1 in the United States earlier this year. 

East meets West was the theme for some performances. Thai hip-hoppers Thaitanium jammed with British pop heartthrob Simon Webbe, who won an award for Favorite Breakthrough Artist, to showcase his new single "No Worries.'' 

American rockers Korn, who kicked off the awards ceremony with a scorching performance of their hit "Twisted Transistor,'' took the trophy for Favorite Video for that song. 

Other top winners, determined by MTV viewers in Asia who voted through the Internet and cell phone text messages, included Green Day for Favorite Rock Act, Ricky Martin for Favorite Male and Kelly Clarkson for Favorite Female. 

Asian winners, many of whom also performed at the show, were ranked by nationalities.  

Vicki Zhao was named Favorite Artist for China, while Twins were deemed Hong Kong's most popular act. 

Other regional winners were Jal for India, Peterpan for Indonesia, Se7en for Korea, Mawi for Malaysia, Rivermaya for the Philippines, Taufik Batisah for Singapore, Wang Leehom for Taiwan and Tata Yong for Thailand. 

The awards show, now in its fifth year after being launched in Singapore in 2002, was being broadcast to over 400 million households regionwide over the weekend, organizers said. 

Last year's MTV Asia Awards, also held in Thailand, doubled as an international fundraising concert for relief work in Asian countries devastated by the Dec. 26, 2004, tsunami disaster.

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