Chopard Diamond award

This article is about the World Music Award. For the RIAA Diamond Award, see Diamond award.

Chopard Diamond Award
Awarded for selling over 100 million albums
Country Monaco
Presented by Albert II, The Prince of Monaco
First awarded 2002
Official website

The Chopard Diamond award, or simply the Diamond award, is a special award of merit given by the World Music Awards to recording artists who have sold over 100 million albums throughout their career.[1]


The World Music Awards were established in 1989.[2] Honors are based entirely on worldwide sales figures in the music industry based on the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI).[3]

The Diamond World Music Award is an award created in 2001. It is given to artists who have sold over 100 million albums over the course of their careers. It is not presented every year. To date only 6 artists have won this award.


The first Diamond award was issued in 2001 to British singer-songwriter Rod Stewart. He is known to have sold over 100 million records throughout his career.[4] American entertainer Mariah Carey was honored in 2003. Carey was the first female artist to receive the award which was sponsored by Chopard in 2003 and had been previously recognized at the World Music Awards as the best selling female artist of the Millennium.

Canadian songstress Celine Dion became the third recipient of the Diamond award. She was honored in 2004 receiving the best selling female artist of all time .[5] According to her record label, Sony Music Entertainment, Dion has sold over 200 million albums worldwide.[6] The American rock band Bon Jovi became the successors to Dion and the first group to be acknowledged with the Diamond award, after being honored in 2005. The band are believed to have sold over 120 million albums worldwide.[7]

Michael Jackson, recognized by Guinness World Records as the most commercially successful entertainer of all time, became the fifth recipient of the award [8] With estimated sales as high as 110 million copies worldwide, his 1982 album Thriller remains the best-selling album of all time.[9] Jackson is reported by his estate to have sold as much as 1 billion units throughout the world.[10] Following Jackson's acknowledgement in 2006, The Beatles became the sixth act and second band to be honored with the Diamond award, after receiving it in 2008. The English group are the biggest-selling band in musical history, with alleged sales of 1 billion units worldwide.[11][12]

Overall, four solo musicians and two bands have received the Chopard Diamond award.

The Diamond World Music Award is an award created in 2001, given to artists who have sold over 100 million albums over the course of their careers. It is not presented every year. To date only 6 artists have won this award:[2]

Millennium Awards

Apart from the world's best-selling artists in the various categories and the national best-selling artists, special millennium awards were presented in 2000, for the very first time to the world's best-selling recording-artist of all time.[13] The awards were presented to Michael Jackson and Mariah Carey in the male and female artist award categories.

See also


  1. "Coldplay, Leona Lewis, Ringo Starr Win Big At World Music Awards". Rolling Stone. November 10, 2008. Retrieved December 29, 2009.
  2. 1 2 "World Music Awards official website". Retrieved 2009-04-24.
  3. "World Music Awards bring few surprises". The Sydney Morning Herald. September 2, 2005. Retrieved December 29, 2009.
  4. Perrone, Pierre (November 2, 2003). "How we met: Rob Dickins & Rod Stewart". The Independent. Retrieved December 29, 2009. (subscription required (help)).
  5. "Dion, Lavigne score trophies at World Music Awards". CBC News. November 5, 2007. Retrieved December 29, 2009.
  6. Garcia, Cathy Rose A. (December 18, 2007). "Celine Dion, My Chemical Romance, Maroon 5 to Hit Seoul in 2008". The Korea Times. Retrieved December 29, 2009.
  7. Zfat, Natalie (July 14, 2008). "Bon Jovi Pack in Hits and Hardcore Fans at Free Central Park Show". Rolling Stone. Retrieved December 29, 2009.
  8. Farndale, Nigel (September 23, 2007). "Taking the Mika out of Michael Penniman". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved December 29, 2009.
  9. Anderson, Kyle (July 20, 2009). "Michael Jackson's Thriller Set To Become Top-Selling Album Of All Time". MTV. Retrieved December 29, 2009.
  10. "Michael Jackson album sales soar". CNN. June 26, 2009. Retrieved December 29, 2009.
  11. "Beatles' records are big-sellers". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. December 9, 1980. Retrieved December 29, 2009.
  12. "Paul At Fifty: Paul McCartney". Time. June 8, 1992. Retrieved December 29, 2009.
  13. World Music Awards; section entitled "The Awards"

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