American Music Awards of 1990

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17th Annual American Music Awards
DateJanuary 22, 1990
LocationShrine Auditorium
Los Angeles, California
CountryUnited States
Hosted byAnita Baker
Alice Cooper
Gloria Estefan
Naomi Judd
Wynonna Judd
First awarded1973
Most awardsMilli Vanilli (3)
Most nominationsBobby Brown and Soul II Soul (5 each)
WebsiteAmerican Music Awards
Television/radio coverage
Produced byDick Clark Productions
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The 17th Annual American Music Awards were held on January 22, 1990, at the Shrine Auditorium, in Los Angeles, California. The awards recognized the most popular artists and albums from the year 1989.


Artist(s) Song(s) Introduced by
Paula Abdul "The Way That You Love Me"
Richard Marx "Too Late To Say Goodbye" Anita Baker
Tone Loc Medley:
"Wild Thing"
"Funky Cold Medina"
Anita Baker
Randy Travis "It's Just a Matter of Time" Naomi Judd
Wynonna Judd
Janet Jackson "Escapade" Naomi Judd
Wynonna Judd
Warrant "Heaven" Naomi Judd
Wynonna Judd
Gloria Estefan
Miami Sound Machine
"Here We Are"
"Get on Your Feet"
Naomi Judd
Wynonna Judd
New Kids on the Block Medley:
"Cover Girl"
"Hangin' Tough"
"You Got It (The Right Stuff)"
"This One's For The Children"
Gloria Estefan
Anita Baker "Good Love" Gloria Estefan
The Judds "Calling in the Wind" Gloria Estefan
Alice Cooper "House of Fire" Anita Baker
Bobby Brown Medley:
"My Prerogative"
"Every Little Step"
Anita Baker
Great White "House of Broken Love" Alice Cooper
Rod Stewart "Downtown Train" Alice Cooper

Winners and nominees[edit]

Subcategory Winner Nominees
Pop/Rock Category
Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist Bobby Brown Richard Marx
John Cougar Mellencamp
Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist Paula Abdul Anita Baker
Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group New Kids on the Block Bon Jovi
Milli Vanilli
Favorite Pop/Rock Album Hangin' Tough - New Kids on the Block Forever Your Girl - Paula Abdul
Don't Be Cruel - Bobby Brown
Favorite Pop/Rock Song "Girl You Know It's True" - Milli Vanilli "I'll Be There for You" - Bon Jovi
"Don't Wanna Lose You" - Gloria Estefan
Favorite Pop/Rock New Artist Milli Vanilli Living Colour
Traveling Wilburys
Soul/R&B Category
Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist Luther Vandross Bobby Brown
Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist Anita Baker Paula Abdul
Stephanie Mills
Favorite Soul/R&B Band/Duo/Group The O'Jays Guy
Soul II Soul
Favorite Soul/R&B Album Don't Be Cruel - Bobby Brown Let's Get It Started - MC Hammer
Karyn White - Karyn White
Favorite Soul/R&B Song "Miss You Much" - Janet Jackson "Just Because" - Anita Baker
"Keep on Movin'" - Soul II Soul
Favorite Soul/R&B New Artist Milli Vanilli Babyface
Soul II Soul
Country Category
Favorite Country Male Artist Randy Travis George Strait
Hank Williams, Jr.
Favorite Country Female Artist Reba McEntire K.T. Oslin
Dolly Parton
Favorite Country Band/Duo/Group Alabama Highway 101
The Judds
Favorite Country Album Old 8x10 - Randy Travis Beyond the Blue Neon - George Strait
Greatest Hits III - Hank Williams, Jr.
Favorite Country Song "Deeper Than the Holler" - Randy Travis "If I Had You" - Alabama
"Baby's Gotten Good at Goodbye" - George Strait
Favorite Country New Artist Clint Black Cee Cee Chapman
Skip Ewing
Dance Category
Favorite Dance Artist Paula Abdul Bobby Brown
Janet Jackson
Favorite Dance Song "Miss You Much" - Janet Jackson "Like a Prayer" - Madonna
"Back to Life" - Soul II Soul
Favorite Dance New Artist Tone Loc De La Soul
Soul II Soul
Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Category
Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Artist Guns N' Roses Aerosmith
Mötley Crüe
Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Album Appetite for Destruction - Guns N' Roses Dr. Feelgood - Mötley Crüe
Skid Row - Skid Row
Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock New Artist Skid Row Warrant
Rap/Hip-Hop Category
Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist MC Hammer Eazy-E
Tone Loc
Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album Let's Get It Started - MC Hammer Eazy-Duz-It - Eazy-E
Loc'ed After Dark - Tone Loc
Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop New Artist Young MC Eazy-E
Tone Loc
Neil Diamond
Special Achievement Award