Luther Vandross was the winner of the Favorite Soul/Rhythm and Blues Male Artist at the American Music Awards on Sunday night. Accepting on behalf of Luther was his mother, Mary Vandross. She said,”I’m so very sorry that Luther cannot be here tonight in person. But I’m here to represent him. And to say thanks to all of you who made this possible, to the American Music Academy. Thank you.” And a representative for Luther added, “Luther wanted to make sure that we thank his j record family tonight. Especially Ken Wilson, Richard Palmezi, Scott Savere, and especially Clive Davis. Thank you.” Luther later won Favorite Soul/Rhythm & Blues Album, and it was taken down to Mary Vandross so she didn’t have to struggle to the stage again. And later in the broadcast, Aaliyah was the winner of Favorite Soul/Rhythm & Blues Female Artist. Jenny McCarthy and Lil’ Jon accepted on her behalf.