WHITNEY HOUSTON stunned a sell-out WORLD MUSIC AWARDS audience at Las Vegas, Nevada's VENETIAN hotel last night (15SEP04) with her first TV performance since battling her drug demons.

The soul diva was a last-minute addition to the evening's performances when she agreed to perform two songs for record industry mogul and mentor CLIVE DAVIS, who was honoured with an Outstanding Contribution prize.

Appearing in a gold gown, Houston looked healthy and happy and proved she's still got one of the best voices in the world as she belted out I BELIEVE and top-selling classic I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU.

Otherwise, it was Usher and Outkast's night - the R+B stars claimed three awards apiece.

Usher won for World's Best Male Artist, Best R+B Artist and Best Pop Male Artist, while Outkast were honoured with awards for World's Best Group, Best Pop Group and Best Pop/Hip-Hop Artist.

Norah Jones picked up a brace of honours, taking home awards as World's Best Female Artist and Best Pop Female Artist.

The event marked the first time the ceremony, which honours the world's best-selling recording artists, took place in America. It's usually held annually in Monaco.

The full list of winners is:

Best Pop/Rock Artist - Avril Lavigne

Best Rock Artist - Evanescence

Best R+B Female Artist - Alicia Keys

Best New Female Artist - Hilary Duff

Best New Male Artist - Kanye West

Best New Group - MAROON 5

Best Male Artist - USHER

Best R+B Artist - USHER

Best Pop Male Artist - USHER

Best Group - OUTKAST

Best Pop Group - OUTKAST

Best Pop/Hip-Hop Artist - OUTKAST

Best Female Artist - NORAH JONES

Best Pop Female Artist - NORAH JONES

Best-Selling Australian Artist - Delta Goodrem

Best-Selling Chinese Artist JAY CHOW

Best-Selling UK Artist - Dido

Best-Selling German Artist - SARAH O'CONNOR

Best-Selling Irish Artist - Westlife

Best-Selling Artist from the Netherlands - DJ Tiesto

Best-Selling Russian Artist - PHILIP KIRKOROV

Best-Selling Ukranian Artist - ROOSLANA

Legend Award (for Outstanding Contribution to the Music Industry - CLIVE DAVIS

Diamond Award - Celine Dion

16/09/2004 17:19