Arista Congratulates Whitney...
Arista Makes Its Mark at the First
Annual BET Awards as Outkast and Whitney Houston Win Big
NEW YORK--(ENTERTAINMENT WIRE)--June 21,
2001--Arista Records congratulates two powerhouse artists: Whitney Houston and Outkast as
recipients of the first annual 2001 BET Awards. Whitney Houston and Outkast's contribution
to the world of music has been, to say the least, just splendid. Both are destined for an
enduring career, so let these awards tell the tale of their success--success completed as
well as achievements that are yet to come.
Throughout the years Whitney Houston has transformed music as well as the lives of many
people. An award-winning, critically acclaimed artist who has sold over 100 million albums
worldwide, Whitney Houston is a walking legacy. Her chart-topping songs have put tears and
pleasure into the hearts of American music lovers, and last night's first recipient of the
``BET Lifetime Achievement Award'' given to the honorable Whitney Houston proved just
that--she's a star whose gift to change the course of music shines very bright. She's a
Pop icon whose brilliance and breath-taking talent always leaves listeners in awe.
It has become clear that when it comes to hip-hop, Outkast are true heavyweights. Musical
gurus in there own right, Outkast received two BET awards: ``Best Male Group'' and ``Video
of the Year'' (for Ms. Jackson). From their debut album Southernplayalisticadillacmusic to
their most recent, Stankonia (four million copies sold), Outkast has added an entire new
dimension to the hip-hop genre. With their signature funkadelic style, both musically and
visually, the duo have outlasted, outgrown and outsmarted other groups. As a dynamic group
whom always flex their lyrical muscles, Outkast uphold and exhibit ingenuity it the
fullest. They connect to the past and escape to the future.
NEWSFILE: 21 JUNE 2001