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The American Music Awards (AMAs) are held in the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, California in November each year. The awards recognized the most popular artists and albums from the year. The AMAs were created by Dick Clark in 1973 to compete with the Grammy Awards after the move of the show to Nashville, Tennessee led it to being picked up by CBS after its first two broadcasts on ABC. Michael Jackson and Donny Osmond co-hosted the first award show with Rodney Allen Rippy and Ricky Segall back in 1974.

The record for most American Music Awards won is held by Michael Jackson, who has amassed twenty-six awards (twenty-four as solo artist), including one for "Artist of the Century.” The most American Music Awards for a group belongs to Alabama who have collected twenty-three awards and for a female artist belongs to Whitney Houston with twenty-two awards. The record for the most American Music Awards won in a single year is held by both Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston, each with 8 awards to their credit, including the Award of Merit, with which both artists were honored in the respective years.