Way back when they formed in the mid-nineties, the Black Eyed Peas may have made a pact that, no matter how big or small, they would play at every single awards ceremony going; or at least it certainly bloody seems that way.
And the awards ceremonies love the Black Eyed Peas in return. Take the American Music Awards, for example – even though all the Black Eyed Peas have done this year is that song that sounds like the Pulp Fiction theme-tune, rapped a bit over the most famous Sergio Mendes tune and launched some solo careers of wildly differing successes, the AMAs still found the time to award the Black Eyed Peas three trophies at last night's ceremony. Still, the Black Eyed Peas shouldn't get too excited; any credibility that the AMAs may have had disappeared out the window the moment that Jamie Foxx was voted as the Best Male.
It was a canny move for The Black Eyed Peas to decide to perform at so many awards ceremonies; since they roped in that girl who sings about her tits a lot, they've made sure they've performed at literally – yes, literally – every single awards ceremony possible. Who could possibly forget their show-stopping medley of Where Is The Love and Don't Phunk With My Heart at the 2005 Stowmarket Shiniest Lawnmower awards? And thanks to this, when people think 'awards' they instantly think 'Black Eyed Peas,' which means that the Black Eyed Peas always get showered with nominations and awards.
Look at The Grammys, the 2005 People's Choice Awards nominations, the 2006 People's Choice Awards nominations, the MTV Europe Awards and last year's American Music Awards if you don't believe us; the Black Eyed Peas have scored big at everyone of these – and still managed to turn most of their AMA nominations into awards last night, which isn't bad for a bunch of people who regularly wet themselves, is it?
Even though the Black Eyed Peas have taken some time off lately to embark on a range of solo projects that either involve producing Michael Jackson's new album and Justin Timberlake's new album and John Legend's surprising good new album or droning on and on about how many drugs they used to take, ordering homosexuals to stop taking drugs and singing songs about bridges, the Black Eyed Peas still managed to pick up American Music Awards for Best Rap/Hip Hop Act, Best Soul/Rhythm & Blues Act and Favourite Rap/Hip-Hop Album at last night's AMAs.
All in all, the American Music Awards were highly fruitful for bands named after food. Not only did the Black Eyed Peas win big, but the Red Hot Chili Peppers also won two AMAs for Best Alternative Artist and Best Pop/Rock Band, while Jamie Foxx won Best Soul/Rhythm & Blues Artist – which we're counting as food because we heard that the Royal family eats foxes sometimes. Quite how Jamie Foxx managed to win his AMA is quite beyond us – his album is probably one of the worst we've ever heard – but at least he seemed quite grateful, saying:
"I'm like a rookie in this music thing. This means a lot more than you think, man."
Other winners at the completely incident-free AMAs included Kelly Clarkson (Best Pop/Rock Female and Best Adult Contemporary Artist), Mary J Blige (Favourite Soul/Rhythm & Blues Album and Best Female R&B Artist) and Shakira (Best Latin Act and Most Truthful Hips).