American Music Awards -
Created in 1973 by Dick Clark, the first
American Music Awards show was cohosted by
Michael Jackson and Donny Osmond, Award
winners were determined by music buyers.
Originally, the AMA gave awards to Pop Rock,
Soul/R & B and Country, but over the years
have expanded their categories to include Rap/Hip-Hop, Adult Contemporary,
Latin Music, Alternative Music, Dance, Contemporary Inspirational,
Breakthrough Artist, Soundtrack, and Heavy Metal.
Other awards given on the show are the Award of Merit, Fan's Choice
Award, and the International Artist Award and Favorite Artist of the
For the first thirty years of the AMA , it was
broadcast in January, but as of 2003, the
program aired in November.
The AMA is one of four awards
ceremonies (Billboard Music Awards, Grammy
Awards and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Induction Ceremony) that honor entertainers in
the music industry.
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