American Music Awards of 1993

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20th Annual American Music Awards
DateJanuary 25, 1993
LocationShrine Auditorium,
Los Angeles, California
CountryUnited States
Hosted byGloria Estefan
Bobby Brown
Wynonna Judd
Most awardsMariah Carey, Michael Jackson and Michael Bolton (2 each)
Most nominationsMariah Carey (6)
Television/radio coverage
Runtime180 min.
Produced byDick Clark Productions
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The 20th Annual American Music Awards were held on January 25, 1993, at the Shrine Auditorium, in Los Angeles, California. The awards recognized the most popular artists and albums from the year 1992. It was hosted by Bobby Brown, Gloria Estefan and Wynonna Judd.

Mariah Carey was the most nominated artist of the night, with a total of 6; and the singer, Michael Jackson and Michael Bolton were the big winners of the night, scoring two awards each. Michael Jackson was also awarded with the International Artist Award, and since he was the first artist awarded with the honor, Eddie Murphy announced that it would be called as the Michael Jackson International Artist Award.


Artist(s) Song(s)
Michael Jackson "Dangerous"
Gloria Estefan Medley:
"Dr. Beat"
"Get on Your Feet"
Kris Kross Medley:
"Freak Da Funk"
"Warm It Up"
"It's a Shame"
Reba McEntire
Vince Gill
"The Heart Won't Lie"
Boyz II Men "End of the Road"
Michael Bolton Medley:
"To Love Somebody"
"Drift Away"
Bobby Brown "Get Away"
Wynonna Judd "My Strongest Weakness"
Bon Jovi "Bed of Roses"
Billy Ray Cyrus
Sly Dog
"She's Not Cryin' Anymore"
Stephen Stills "Find the Cost of Freedom"
Metallica "Wherever I May Roam"

Winners and nominees[edit]

Subcategory Winner Nominees
Pop/Rock Category
Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist Michael Bolton Bryan Adams
Eric Clapton
Michael Jackson
Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist Mariah Carey Amy Grant
Bonnie Raitt
Vanessa Williams
Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group Genesis Kris Kross
Favorite Pop/Rock Album DangerousMichael Jackson Totally Krossed OutKris Kross
Achtung BabyU2
Favorite Pop/Rock Song "End of the Road" – Boyz II Men "I'll Be There" – Mariah Carey
"Under the Bridge" – Red Hot Chili Peppers
Favorite Pop/Rock New Artist Pearl Jam Arrested Development
Soul/R&B Category
Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist Bobby Brown Tevin Campbell
Michael Jackson
Gerald Levert
Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist Patti LaBelle Mary J. Blige
Mariah Carey
Vanessa L. Williams
Favorite Soul/R&B Band/Duo/Group Boyz II Men En Vogue
Favorite Soul/R&B Album Funky DivasEn Vogue UnpluggedMariah Carey
DangerousMichael Jackson
Favorite Soul/R&B Song "Remember the Time" – Michael Jackson "Honey Love" – R. Kelly & Public Announcement
"Somebody Loves You Baby (You Know Who It Is)" – Patti LaBelle
Favorite Soul/R&B New Artist Kris Kross Arrested Development
Country Category
Favorite Country Male Artist Garth Brooks Billy Ray Cyrus
Vince Gill
Alan Jackson
Favorite Country Female Artist Reba McEntire Lorrie Morgan
Tanya Tucker
Favorite Country Band/Duo/Group Alabama Brooks & Dunn
Sawyer Brown
Favorite Country Album For My Broken HeartReba McEntire The ChaseGarth Brooks
Some Gave AllBilly Ray Cyrus
Favorite Country Song "Achy Breaky Heart" – Billy Ray Cyrus "The River" – Garth Brooks
"I Still Believe in You" – Vince Gill
Favorite Country New Artist Billy Ray Cyrus Brooks & Dunn
Adult Contemporary Category
Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist Michael Bolton Mariah Carey
Favorite Adult Contemporary Album UnpluggedMariah Carey We Can't DanceGenesis
The Comfort ZoneVanessa L. Williams
Favorite Adult Contemporary New Artist k.d. lang Jon Secada
Patty Smyth
Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Category
Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Artist Metallica Def Leppard
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock New Artist Pearl Jam Mr. Big
Ugly Kid Joe
Rap/Hip-Hop Category
Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist Sir Mix-A-Lot Kris Kross
Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop New Artist Kris Kross Arrested Development
Bill Graham
International Artist Award
Michael Jackson