BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) _ NBC's soap opera ''Days of Our Lives'' was named the outstanding daytime show Friday in the Soap Opera Digest Awards.

Winners were chosen by editors and readers of Soap Opera Digest magazine.

David Canary, who plays evil Adam Chandler and his good twin Stuart on ABC's soap drama ''All My Children'' was named best lead actor and Ann Heche, who plays Vicky Frame and Marley McKinnon on NBC's ''Another World,'' was named outstanding lead actress.

A best wedding award went to Matthew Ashford who plays newspaper publisher Jack, and Melissa Reeves as TV reporter Jennifer on ''Days of Our Lives.'' The characters also took the award for best love story.

The best death scene for daytime soaps was acted by Marcy Walker as Eden Castillo in NBC's ''Santa Barbara.''

CBS's ''Knots Landing'' the only nighttime soap opera still on the air, was named best prime-time soap opera. Kevin Dobson and Michele Lee won best acting awards for ''Knots Landing.''

The eighth annual awards show was broadcast from the Beverly Hilton Hotel and shown on national TV for the first time in its history. It was preceded by a specially produced ''Days of Our Lives'' episode.

Here are the winners of the eighth annual Soap Opera Digest Awards:

Daytime Shows

DAYTIME SHOW: ''Days of Our Lives,'' NBC.

LEAD ACTOR: David Canary, ''All My Children,'' ABC.

LEAD ACTRESS: Ann Heche, ''Another World,'' NBC.

SUPPORTING ACTOR: Doug Davidson, ''The Young and the Restless,'' CBS.

SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Jane Elliott, ''General Hospital,'' ABC.

VILLAIN: Michael Zaslow, ''Guiding Light,'' CBS.

VILLAINESS: Lynn Herring, ''General Hospital,'' ABC.

MALE NEWCOMER: Paul Michael Valley, ''Another World,'' NBC.

FEMALE NEWCOMER: Alla Korot, ''Another World,'' NBC.

YOUNGER LEAD ACTOR: Ricky Paull Goldin, ''Another World,'' NBC.

YOUNGER LEAD ACTRESS: Tricia Cast, ''The Young and the Restless,'' CBS.

WEDDING: Jack and Jennifer, ''Days of Our Lives,'' NBC.

DEATH SCENE: Eden Castillo, ''Santa Barbara,'' NBC.

COMIC PERFORMANCE: Robert Mailhouse, ''Days of Our Lives,'' NBC.

Daytime and Prime-time Shows

LOVE STORY: Jack and Jennifer, ''Days of Our Lives,'' NBC.

Prime-time Shows

PRIME-TIME SHOW: ''Knots Landing,'' CBS.

LEAD ACTOR: Kevin Dobson, ''Knots Landing,'' CBS.

LEAD ACTRESS: Michele Lee, ''Knots Landing,'' CBS.

DEATH SCENE: Sheree J. Wilson as April Ewing, ''Dallas,'' CBS.