Under the High Patronage of His Serene Highness (H.S.H.) Prince Albert II of Monaco the 17th annual World Music Awards were conducted at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California on August 31, 2005. This is only the second time that the awards show has been held outside of Monaco. The five-hour awards show was co-hosted by Carmen Electra and Desperate Housewives' James Denton. The awards are based solely on record sales certified by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, a London-based trade group that represents the major record labels. Proceeds are donated to the Prince's favorite charity: the Monaco Aide and Presence Foundation. Usher, Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, Teairra Marí, Rihanna and Amerie paid tribute to Destinys Child, who received an award for being the best-selling female group of all time. Patti LaBelle dedicated her performance of "I'll Stand By You" to the victims of Hurricane Katrina as did Stevie Wonder and Kidd Rock when they closed the show at 2am with a duet of "Living for the City"
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