Carlos Santana's band won best-album honors at tonight's American Music Awards for "Supernatural," a commercial comeback that put the rock guitar maestro on top of the charts for the first time in his 30-year career.
Shania Twain won two awards, for best pop-rock female artist and best country female artist. Garth Brooks also won two awards, for favorite country male artist and country album for "Double Live."
The other double winner was Lauryn Hill, for favorite soul-rhythm and blues female artist and top soul-R&B album for "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill."
Will Smith won for pop-rock male artist.
"Supernatural," mixing Santana's searing instrumentals with vocals by such collaborators as Hill and Dave Matthews, beat out two teen sensations, the Backstreet Boys' "Millennium" and Britney Spears's " . . . Baby One More Time." Later in the evening, the Backstreet Boys topped Santana and 'N Sync for favorite pop-rock band, duo or group. Spears won for favorite new pop-rock artist.
The 52-year-old Santana said backstage that "a lot of people told me they didn't want to work with me because I'm old. [Producer Clive] Davis believed in me. We both believed we had a masterpiece in our belly."
TLC was chosen as favorite soul-rhythm and blues artist on the strength of the album "FanMail." Tyrese took the honors for new soul-rhythm and blues artist, and R. Kelly won for favorite male soul-rhythm and blues artist. DMX won for favorite rap/hip-hop artist.
Country winners included Brooks & Dunn for favorite band, duo or group, and Montgomery Gentry for new artist.
Three awards were announced before the show: Red Hot Chili Peppers for favorite alternative artist, Phil Collins for adult contemporary artist and "Wild Wild West" for soundtrack.
Nominees for the 27th annual awards were chosen by music industry representatives. The winners were decided by about 20,000 music fans nationwide.
Besides awards in 20 regular categories, the show featured results of an Internet poll on listeners' favorite musical artists for each decade from the 1950s through the 1980s. Elvis Presley was named favorite artist of the 1950s, the Beatles were picked for the 1960s and Stevie Wonder won for the 1970s.
The show also included an Award of Merit for Gloria Estefan, who was honored with a musical tribute featuring 'N Sync. Mariah Carey received an Award of Achievement for her "rare and distinguished accomplishments."