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American Music Awards

The American Music Awards show is one of four annual major American music awards shows. Every year, the AMAs honors the best in all genres of music ranging from country, Latin...to rock, rap, rhythm & blues.

The AMAs were created by Dick Clark in 1973 to compete with the Grammys after the move of that year's show to Nashville, Tennessee led to CBS picking up the Grammy telecasts after its first two in 1971 and 1972 were broadcast on ABC. Michael Jackson and Donny Osmond co-hosted the first award show with Rodney Allen Rippy and Ricky Segall.

The AMAs are awarded based on a poll of record buyers in the United States. Winners receive a pyramid-shaped crystal trophy. The very first AMA crystal trophy went to singer Roberta Flack in 1973.

From its inception in 1973 until 2003, the American Music Awards have been held in mid- to late-January, but were moved to November beginning in 2003 so as not to further compete with other major awards shows (such as the Golden Globe Awards and the Academy Awards) and allows for ABC to have a well-rated awards show during November sweeps.