American Music Awards of 1987

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14th Annual American Music Awards
DateJanuary 26, 1987
CountryUnited States
First awarded1973
Television/radio coverage
Runtime180 min.
Produced byDick Clark Productions
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The 14th Annual American Music Awards were held on January 26, 1987.

Winners and nominees[edit]

Subcategory Winner Nominees
Pop/Rock Category
Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist Lionel Richie Peter Gabriel
Robert Palmer
David Lee Roth
Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist Whitney Houston Janet Jackson
Tina Turner
Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group Huey Lewis and the News Genesis
Van Halen
Favorite Pop/Rock Album Whitney Houston - Whitney Houston Control - Janet Jackson
Top Gun soundtrack
5150 - Van Halen
Favorite Pop/Rock Song "There'll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)" - Billy Ocean "Live To Tell" - Madonna
"West End Girls" - Pet Shop Boys
"Higher Love" - Steve Winwood
Favorite Pop/Rock Video "Dancing on the Ceiling" - Lionel Richie "Mad About You" - Belinda Carlisle
"When I Think of You" - Janet Jackson
"I Didn't Mean to Turn You On" - Robert Palmer
Favorite Pop/Rock Male Video Artist Billy Ocean Peter Gabriel
Howard Jones
Robert Palmer
Favorite Pop/Rock Female Video Artist Madonna Belinda Carlisle
Whitney Houston
Janet Jackson
Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group Video Artist Huey Lewis & The News Culture Club
Simple Minds
Soul/R&B Category
Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist Lionel Richie Freddie Jackson
Billy Ocean
Stevie Wonder
Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist Whitney Houston Anita Baker
Janet Jackson
Patti LaBelle
Favorite Soul/R&B Band/Duo/Group New Edition Atlantic Starr
Favorite Soul/R&B Album Whitney Houston - Whitney Houston Rapture - Anita Baker
Control - Janet Jackson
Raising Hell - Run-D.M.C.
Favorite Soul/R&B Song "Nasty" - Janet Jackson "Word Up" - Cameo
"Kiss" - Prince
"Rumors" - Timex Social Club
Favorite Soul/R&B Video "The Greatest Love of All" - Whitney Houston "When I Think of You" - Janet Jackson
"There'll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)" - Billy Ocean
"Walk This Way" - Run-D.M.C.
Favorite Soul/R&B Male Video Artist Lionel Richie James Brown
Oran "Juice" Jones
Billy Ocean
Favorite Soul/R&B Female Video Artist Janet Jackson Aretha Franklin
Whitney Houston
Tina Turner
Favorite Soul/R&B Band/Duo/Group Video Artist Kool & The Gang Cameo
The Jets
Country Category
Favorite Country Male Artist Willie Nelson Ronnie Milsap
George Strait
Hank Williams, Jr.
Favorite Country Female Artist Barbara Mandrell Reba McEntire
Juice Newton
Tanya Tucker
Favorite Country Band/Duo/Group Alabama The Forester Sisters
The Judds
Marie Osmond & Paul Davis
Favorite Country Album Greatest Hits - Alabama Rockin' with the Rhythm - The Judds
Whoever's in New England - Reba McEntire
Something Special - George Strait
Favorite Country Song "Grandpa (Tell Me 'Bout the Good Ol' Days)" - The Judds "Everything That Glitters (Is Not Gold)" - Dan Seals
"Diggin' Up Bones" - Randy Travis
"You Can Dream of Me" - Steve Wariner
Favorite Country Video "Grandpa (Tell Me 'Bout the Good Ol' Days)" - The Judds "Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes" - George Jones
"Whoever's in New England" - Reba McEntire
"Honky Tonk Man" - Dwight Yoakam
Favorite Country Male Video Artist George Jones Mel McDaniel
Gary Morris
George Strait
Favorite Country Female Video Artist Reba McEntire Janie Fricke
Anne Murray
Marie Osmond
Favorite Country Band/Duo/Group Video Artist Alabama The Forester Sisters
The Judds
Sawyer Brown
Elvis Presley

Other awards

Winner Award Nominee/work
Dionne Warwick Special Recognition Award "That's What Friends Are For"


  • Diana Ross – Touch By Touch
  • Genesis – Invisible Touch
  • Janet Jackson – Control
  • Robert Palmer – I Didn't Mean to Turn You On
  • Whitney Houston – All at Once
  • Dionne Warwick, Gladys Knight, Diana Ross – That's What Friends Are For