Mariah Carey The Big Winner At Vibe Awards

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MariahCare.jpgMariah Carey somehow managed to claim four prizes at this year's Vibe Awards in California, which went without incident this year after violence caused problems at the 2004 event.The oversized warbler went home with awards for Artist of the Year, R&B Song, R&B Voice of the Year and R&B Album of the Year.

"Whatever you're going through in life, don't ever give up," she said, somewhat sickeningly.

Rapper Young Buck is awaiting trial after being charged with stabbing an audience member who punched Dr Dre at 2004's show, though he denies the charge. The audience member, Jimmy James Johnson, was sentenced to a year in jail for punching the rap godfather, while Young Buck - whose real name is David Darnell Brown - is still free on bail.

Though nothing matched this for incident, there was however tension surrounding the night's first award for Hottest Hook, which was won by 'Hate It Or Love It' The Game and former mentor/current nemesis 50 Cent.

The Game collected the award, but avoided mentioning Fiddy - who did not attend - onstage.

Damian "Junior Gong" Marley - son of reggae legend Bob Marley - received rapturous applause for performing 'Welcome to Jamrock', which won the Boomshot Award for Caribbean Music.

Mary J Blige was presented with a VLegend award, honouring her 15 years in the music industry, by producer Quincy Jones.

"Like a phoenix, I stayed strong and didn't kill myself," Blige said later, referring to her past problems with drug abuse and depression.

Strange lady...

By: Jeff Ando