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8 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, January 28, 1998

Awards honor music's
spice and legends

Interest*
gets lost
in 'Chaos

Los Angekls T'imes
The light and sassy Spice Girls used "girl
power" to dominate the American Music Awards
Monday night, winning three awards and beat-
ing out such heavyweights as U2 and The
Wallflowers.
The Spice Girls, who were in Ireland prepar-
'ig for a tour, ruled the pop-rock category and
won the Best Album Award. The girls were also
named favorite new artist and best group.
Although the all-girl group has been slammed
by critics, that doesn't affect the American
Music Awards, which are handed out based on a
national sampling of approximately 20,000 peo-
.pl e.
The emotional centerpiece of the show came
in a tribute for the ailing Frank Sinatra. His
daughter, Nancy, accepted the special Award of
Merit.
"I bring you greetings from the coolest guy on
the face of the planet next to Puff Daddy - my
daddy!" the entertainer's daughter said.
The three-hour show - broadcast on ABC -
included live performances by Garth Brooks
and Boyz If Men, who were named Best
Soul/R&B Group.
Reba McEntire saluted her competitors while
eccepting her trophy for favorite female country
4rtist.
"I do not take it for granted that you have
nominated me along with two beautiful and tal-
ented women," said McEntire, who beat out
Leann Rimes and Shania Twain.
s Julio Iglesias defeated his own son, Enrique,

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to win as favorite Latin artist.
"This is funny because you know when they
tell you that your son is against you in competi-
tion, you feel a little like your brain is in anoth-
er place because I adore my kids," Iglesias said.
In the alternative category, Bush was named
favorite artist, beating out the Mighty Mighty
Bosstones and Sublime.
George Strait won two awards, Best Male
Country Artist and Favorite Country Album for
"Carrying Your Love with Me."
Erykah Badu was named favorite soul/R&B

The members of Boyz II Men stand with their prize for Best Soul/ R&B Group. Boyz 11 Men also pe
formed during the awards show Monday night.

new artist.
"I'd like to thank the creator for giving my this
gift to share with y'all," said Badu, wearing her
trademark turban, this one green.
Sinatra's tribute included fellow crooner Tony
Bennett, who showed black-and-white clips the
singer going back to the 1940s.

Nancy Sinatra accepted the award for1
year-old father, who has not been seen in
since suffering a heart attack a year ago.
"When I left the house, Dad said 'Give
fans a hug for me, because they made me
ble.' So consider yourself hugged r
Chairman of the Board," she said.

The Lost World: Chaw
Island
Dreamworks Interactive
Windows '95 CD-ROM
Boot up "Chaos Island" for the fir.
time and you're immediately grew
by a helicopter and angry dinosaurs.
you watch the helicopter swoosh ove
the island, you think to yourself: Steve
Spielberg and the people a
Dreamworks are just giving us a tast
of something potentially great. It'll ju.
get better. But it doesn't, and it won
take long to realize that the introduc
tion is the most interesting and excitin
part of the game.
er~ The game is played from a bird'
view of the island, where you can ch s
her 82- to be any variety of characters fror
public "'The Lost World." But the differer
types of land look almost identical t
all the each other and you can't go over c
possi- through certain types of rocks or bush
by the es, which makes for some frustratin
times.
Another weak point of the game is th
use of celebrity voices. While they d
provide clear, concise instruetjons
what to do at the beginning of each i
sion, the tendency of the characters t
speak up with one of a few phrase
whenever their icon is clicked become
very annoying very fast. Thiigs lik
"What's the word?" or "That's custom
just don't sound that great after you'v
heard them 50 times in the last half hou
"Chaos Island" really isn't muc
fun either. Excluding the video S
mients between levels, the graphic,
very elementary. The characters <
little blobs of color and are barely di.
tinguishable from each other. The
move at a snail's pace through' th
large islands, so if you find a nst,
dinosaur eggs it will take several mmii
utes of waiting before the character
will get them back to their base
Eventually when you get into battle
with hunters or opposing dinosaurs, i
is nearly impossible to tell how
are doing. This is unfortunate becW
the dueling is an important aspect o
the game.
Other than the video sequences
there are very few positive aspects o
the game. "Chaos Island" has world
of potential but unfortunately, in th
excitement department, it ends up
close second to watching paint dry.
- Matthew grre

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