American Music Awards of 1981

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8th Annual American Music Awards
DateJanuary 30, 1981
VenueABC Studios, Los Angeles, California
CountryUnited States
Hosted byMac Davis
Crystal Gayle
Teddy Pendergrass
Television/radio coverage
Runtime180 min.
Produced byDick Clark Productions
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The eighth Annual American Music Awards were held on January 30, 1981.

Winners and nominees[edit]

Subcategory Winner Nominees
Pop/Rock Categories
Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist Kenny Rogers Billy Joel
Bob Seger
Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist Barbra Streisand Olivia Newton-John
Linda Ronstadt
Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group Eagles Queen
Rolling Stones
Favorite Pop/Rock Album Glass HousesBilly Joel Off the WallMichael Jackson
Against the WindBob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
Favorite Pop/Rock Song "Another One Bites the Dust" - Queen "Another Brick in the Wall" - Pink Floyd
"Upside Down" - Diana Ross
Soul/R&B Categories
Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist Michael Jackson George Benson
Teddy Pendergrass
Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist Diana Ross Chaka Khan
Stephanie Mills
Favorite Soul/R&B Band/Duo/Group Earth Wind and Fire Kool & the Gang
The O'Jays
Favorite Soul/R&B Album Off the WallMichael Jackson TeddyTeddy Pendergrass
DianaDiana Ross
Favorite Soul/R&B Song "Upside Down" - Diana Ross "Give Me the Night" - George Benson
"One in a Million You" - Larry Graham
Country Categories
Favorite Country Male Artist Kenny Rogers Willie Nelson
Charley Pride
Favorite Country Female Artist Barbara Mandrell Crystal Gayle
Anne Murray
Favorite Country Band/Duo/Group The Statler Brothers Charlie Daniels Band
The Oak Ridge Boys
Favorite Country Album The GamblerKenny Rogers Music ManWaylon Jennings
Ten Years of GoldKenny Rogers
Favorite Country Song "Coward of the County" - Kenny Rogers "If You Ever Change Your Mind" - Crystal Gayle
"Don't Fall in Love with a Dreamer" - Kenny Rogers & Kim Carnes
Chuck Berry