Coldplay named biggest-selling act of 2008

Band join Beyonce, Beatles and Leona Lewis at World Music Awards

Coldplay have been declared the biggest-selling act of 2008 at the World Music Awards in Monaco.

The band picked up the prize – along with the Rock Act Of The Year award – after their current album album ‘Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends’ topped charts around the globe.

Other winners at the sales based awards included Leona Lewis for Best Pop Female – and Best New Artist, reports BBC News.

Amy Winehouse was the winner in the Female Pop/Rock award, while Alicia Keys was named best in the R&B category. Lil Wayne bagged the Hip-Hop/Rap Artist award, while Akon was declared the Biggest Internet Artist Of The Year.

Performing at the ceremony, Beyonce won an Outstanding Contribution To The Arts Award and Mariah Carey won the Special Achievement Prize.

Ringo Starr picked up a Diamond Award on behalf of The Beatles, which recognises artists whom, according to International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, have sold more than 100 million albums.