Get Ready for the American Music Awards
The American Music Awards are different, and different is good. The greatest difference between the AMAs and other music awards shows, like the Grammys®, is that the winners are not decided by members of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences or any other elite group. The American Music Award nominees are based on such factors as sales, airplay, activity on social networks and video views. The nominees must have been released between September 1 of the previous year and September 1 of the current year. The 2014 AMAs are the 42nd production of this beloved event, started by America's constant teenager, the late, great Dick Clark.
The show will be held Sunday, late November (exact date TBD) at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, in the only city that matters, beautiful, crazy Los Angeles. The two most prestigious categories are Artist of the Year and New Artist of the Year. This year's host or hosts have not been announced and the nominations won't be out until fall, but you can be sure the show will be as star-studded as a rhinestone suit.
Pitbull hosted the show last year, which was the first time there was a single host since 2009. The AMAs were co-hosted by numerous personalities from 2009 to 2012. It's an honor Pitbull shares with the likes of Jimmy Kimmel, who hosted for four consecutive years. For the first few years of the show, there were separate hosts for each musical genre. Helen Reddy, Roger Miller and Smokey Robinson hosted the very first telecast. Reddy also won an AMA that year for Favorite Pop/Rock Female artist. Glen Campbell has served as host of the country portion so often that he is the all-time leader. Being a musician isn't a requirement to be host. Keenen Ivory Wayans was the first Hollywood actor to host the AMAs back in 1991.
Most Celebrated Artists
Michael Jackson has won 26 AMAs, which included an award for "Artist of the Century". Alabama has won the most awards for a group with 23. Whitney Houston won 22 awards during her lifetime.
The most awards won by an artist in a single year is eight, which was accomplished by Michael Jackson in 1984 and Whitney Houston in 1994. The AMAs had a special poll to honor the best acts of each decade, starting with the 1950s. The results were:
- '50s: Elvis Presley
- '60s: The Beatles
- '70s: Loretta Lynn
- '80s: Michael Jackson
- '90s: Garth Brooks
- '00s: Eminem & Amy Winehouse (tie)
The International Artist Award of Excellence is the most honored award that a group or individual can receive. Only seven artists have had that honor in the history of the American Music Awards. They were:
- Michael Jackson
- Rod Stewart
- Led Zeppelin
- The Bee Gees
- Whitney Houston
The show is punctuated repeatedly by performances from the hottest acts available. Last year, Miley Cyrus and Imagine Dragon performed, along with Jennifer Lopez, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Lady Gaga & R. Kelly, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kendrick Lamar, One Direction, Christina Aguilera & A Great Big World, Pitbull & Ke$ha, Ariana Grande, Florida Georgia Line, TLC & surprise guest and Luke Bryan.
VIP Concierge has the tickets you need if you want to make the scene. We have all sorts of packages for the show and the after parties. Here's a list of the ticket packages we have available.
- Silver Package: (Center Mezzanine Seat in First 3 Rows)
- Gold Package: (Center Loge Seat in First 3 Rows)
- Platinum Package: (VIP Floor Seating, Red Carpet & After Party)
- Diamond Package: (VIP Floor Seats in First 20 Rows, Red Carpet, Pre-Party, After Party)
- Ultimate package: VIP floor seat first 12 rows, Red Carpet, Pre-Party & After-Party
- Official After Party
Don't miss out on one of the hottest parties all year. Get off your couch, and use your mouse to buy tickets for the 2014 American Music Awards. You know you wanted to go last year, so make it a point to make the scene this year.