LOS ANGELES – It was a more-than-unpredictable night for Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx at the American Music Awards program Tuesday at the Shrine Auditorium.
Not only did he snag his first AMA, for best soul-R&B male artist, but his biological mother attended the show. He hadn't seen her in years.
"I dedicate this song, y'all, to my mother in the audience, and everyone. I hope you allow me to be myself," Foxx said, introducing a performance of his song "Wish U Were Here" from 2005's "Unpredictable."
Backstage, Foxx waxed poetic about his mother being present.
"My biological mother didn't raise me. A lady adopted my biological mother and then adopted me at 7 months," he said. "It feels good to have her see me doing something great."
When asked about winning an award for his music, on top of his Academy Award for his portrayal of Ray Charles in the movie "Ray," Foxx grinned.
"It's a different flow, of course. But for music, for what I want to do ... it's everything," he said.