American Music Awards of 1991

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18th Annual American Music Awards
DateJanuary 28, 1991
LocationShrine Auditorium,
Los Angeles, California
CountryUnited States
Hosted byKeenen Ivory Wayans as himself
Nancy Cartwright as Bart Simpson
Most awardsMC Hammer (5)
Most nominationsMC Hammer (7)
Television/radio coverage
Runtime180 min.
Produced byDick Clark Productions
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The 18th Annual American Music Awards were held on January 28, 1991, at the Shrine Auditorium, in Los Angeles, California. The awards recognized the most popular artists and albums from the year 1990.


Artist(s) Song(s)
MC Hammer "Here Comes The Hammer"
Mariah Carey "Someday"
New Kids on the Block
Flavor Flav
Clint Black "Put Yourself in My Shoes"
Gloria Estefan "Coming Out of the Dark"
Vanilla Ice "Ice Ice Baby"
George Strait
Garth Brooks
Travis Tritt
Clint Black
The Kentucky Headhunters
Lorrie Morgan
Alan Jackson
Larry Gatlin
Patty Loveless
Roger Miller
Tribute to Merle Haggard:
"If We Make It Through December" (Strait)
"Mama Tried" (Brooks)
"Today I Started Loving You Again" (Tritt)
"Okie from Muskogee"
Poison "Unskinny Bop"
Wilson Phillips Medley:
"Hold On"
"Release Me"
"You're in Love"
Reba McEntire "Fancy"
Bell Biv DeVoe "B.B.D. (I Thought It Was Me)?"
INXS "Disappear"

Winners and nominees[edit]

Subcategory Winner Nominees
Pop/Rock Category
Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist Phil Collins Michael Bolton
MC Hammer
Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist Janet Jackson Paula Abdul
Mariah Carey
Sinéad O'Connor
Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group Aerosmith Bell Biv DeVoe
New Kids on the Block
Favorite Pop/Rock Album ...But SeriouslyPhil Collins Please Hammer, Don't Hurt 'EmMC Hammer
Rhythm Nation 1814Janet Jackson
Favorite Pop/Rock Song "Blaze of Glory" – Jon Bon Jovi "Vogue" – Madonna
"Hold On" – Wilson Phillips
Favorite Pop/Rock New Artist Vanilla Ice Mariah Carey
Wilson Phillips
Soul/R&B Category
Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist MC Hammer Quincy Jones
Keith Sweat
Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist Janet Jackson Regina Belle
Mariah Carey
Miki Howard
Lisa Stansfield
Favorite Soul/R&B Band/Duo/Group Tony! Toni! Toné! After 7
Bell Biv DeVoe
Favorite Soul/R&B Album Please Hammer, Don't Hurt 'EmMC Hammer Rhythm Nation 1814Janet Jackson
Back on the BlockQuincy Jones
Favorite Soul/R&B Song "U Can't Touch This" – MC Hammer "Merry Go Round" – Keith Sweat
"Feels Good" – Tony! Toni! Toné!
Favorite Soul/R&B New Artist Bell Biv DeVoe Johnny Gill
Lisa Stansfield
Country Category
Favorite Country Male Artist George Strait Clint Black
Garth Brooks
Favorite Country Female Artist Reba McEntire Patty Loveless
Kathy Mattea
Lorrie Morgan
K.T. Oslin
Favorite Country Band/Duo/Group Alabama The Judds
Favorite Country Album Reba LiveReba McEntire Killin' TimeClint Black
Livin' It UpGeorge Strait
Favorite Country Song "If Tomorrow Never Comes" – Garth Brooks "Born to Be Blue" – The Judds
"Love Without End, Amen" – George Strait
Favorite Country New Artist Kentucky Headhunters Alan Jackson
Travis Tritt
Dance Category
Favorite Dance Artist Janet Jackson Madonna
Favorite Dance Song "Vogue" – Madonna "Hold On" – En Vogue
"The Power" – Snap!
Favorite Dance New Artist Bell Biv DeVoe En Vogue
Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Category
Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Artist Aerosmith Mötley Crüe
Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Album Dr. FeelgoodMötley Crüe PumpAerosmith
Flesh & BloodPoison
Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock New Artist Slaughter Bruce Dickinson
Don Dokken
Rap/Hip-Hop Category
Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist MC Hammer Too Short
Vanilla Ice
Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album Please Hammer, Don't Hurt 'EmMC Hammer Fear of a Black PlanetPublic Enemy
To the ExtremeVanilla Ice
Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop New Artist Vanilla Ice Candyman
Digital Underground
Merle Haggard