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American Music Awards

American Music Awards

  • Premiered: 
    February 19, 1974
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  • Network: ABC
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Award
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Created by Dick Clark 
  • Subject Matter: Musical
  • Tags: celebrity

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Plot Synopsis

Each year since 1974, THE AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS has paid tribute to popular musicians and recordings from pop/rock, soul/R&B, rap/hip hop, and country music genres. In 1973, Dick Clark created this award show, not only to honor music from the previous year, but also to put audiences in touch with the latest phenomena in the American music scene.
The 2022 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS, hosted by Wayne Brady, was broadcast from the Microsoft Theater L.A. LIVE on Sunday, November 20, 2022 from 8-11pm ET (live)/8-11pm PT (delayed) on ABC.

Scheduled performers include Carrie Underwood, Imagine Dragons, J.I.D., P!NK, Tems, Wizkid, Yola, Anitta, Ari Lennox, Bebe Rexha, Charlie Puth, David Guetta, Dove Cameron, Glorilla, Lil Baby and Stevie Wonder.

Lionel Richie receives the Icon Award. As a songwriter and performer, Richie has sold more than 125 million albums sold worldwide and has received numerous awards throughout his storied career including an Oscar(R), four GRAMMYS(R), and a Golden Globe(R) among other notable industry distinctions. As a performer, his incomparable music catalog has earned him 12 No. 1 hits and 13 Top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts, and led to collaborations with some of the industry's iconic personalities, such as Kenny Rogers, Diana Ross and Barbra Streisand. Richie's 12 No. 1 hits were released in 11 consecutive years, ranging from his No. 1 hit in 1977 with the Commodores, "Easy," to a consecutive string of other No. 1 successes including "All Night Long (All Night)," "Say You" and "Dancing on the Ceiling." Richie penned the Kenny Rogers song "Sail," which spent six weeks at No. 1. Embarking on a new chapter in 1981, Richie launched his solo career with a multiweek No. 1 hit, "Truly"; and later his album "Can't Slow Down" had five chart-topping singles including his memorable hit "All Night Long" and is on record as the biggest selling album in the history of Motown Records. In 1985, Richie co-wrote the global anthem "We Are the World" with Michael Jackson, recording with more than 45 artists surrounding the American Music Awards. The song spent four weeks as the No. 1 on the Hot 100 and charted around the world, helping to raise millions of dollars to support famine relief efforts in Africa and went on to win multiple GRAMMYS. He took home the Academy Award(R) for "Best Song" in 1986, where he was in contention twice in the same category for his hit composition of "Say You, Say Me," for the film "White Nights." In 2016, Richie was named the MusiCares Person of the Year and was the recipient of the coveted Johnny Mercer Prize by the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2017, Richie received the Kennedy Center Honors Award and in 2022, Richie was awarded the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The definition of an icon, Richie has won 17 AMAs over the course of his career, starting with the 1979 hit pop/rock single "Three Times a Lady" with the Commodores.


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  • Produced by dick clark productions


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