American Music Awards of 1997

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24th Annual American Music Awards
DateJanuary 27, 1997
LocationShrine Auditorium,
Los Angeles, California
CountryUnited States
Hosted bySinbad
Most awardsWhitney Houston, Alanis Morissette and Toni Braxton (2 each)
Most nominationsMariah Carey (5)
Television/radio coverage
Runtime180 min.
Produced byDick Clark Productions
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The 24th Annual American Music Awards were held on January 27, 1997, at the Shrine Auditorium, in Los Angeles, California. The awards recognized the most popular artists and albums from the year 1996.


Artist(s) Song(s)
Toni Braxton "Un-Break My Heart" (Soul Hex Anthem Vocal)
"You're Makin' Me High"
Brooks & Dunn "A Man This Lonely"
Bush "Greedy Fly"
Alan Jackson "Everything I Love"
Little Richard "Good Golly Miss Molly"
Metallica "King Nothing"
Mötley Crüe "Shout at the Devil"
Nas "Street Dreams"
"If I Ruled The World (Imagine That)"
New Edition "I'm Still in Love with You"
LeAnn Rimes "Unchained Melody"
Rod Stewart "If We Fall In Love Tonight"
Keith Sweat "Nobody"

Winners and nominees[edit]

Subcategory Winner Nominees
Pop/Rock Category
Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist Eric Clapton Bryan Adams
Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist Alanis Morissette Mariah Carey
Celine Dion
Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group Hootie & the Blowfish Fugees
Dave Matthews Band
Favorite Pop/Rock Album Jagged Little PillAlanis Morissette AnthologyThe Beatles
DaydreamMariah Carey
Favorite Pop/Rock New Artist Jewel Donna Lewis
No Doubt
Soul/R&B Category
Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist Keith Sweat D'Angelo
R. Kelly
Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist Toni Braxton Brandy
Mariah Carey
Favorite Soul/R&B Band/Duo/Group New Edition Fugees
Favorite Soul/R&B Album SecretsToni Braxton DaydreamMariah Carey
Keith SweatKeith Sweat
Favorite Soul/R&B New Artist D'Angelo Deborah Cox
Tony Rich Project
Country Category
Favorite Country Male Artist Garth Brooks Alan Jackson
George Strait
Favorite Country Female Artist Shania Twain Faith Hill
Favorite Country Band/Duo/Group Brooks & Dunn BlackHawk
The Mavericks
Favorite Country Album Blue Clear SkyGeorge Strait Fresh HorsesGarth Brooks
The Woman in MeShania Twain
Favorite Country New Artist LeAnn Rimes Terri Clark
Mindy McCready
Adult Contemporary Category
Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist Whitney Houston Mariah Carey
Celine Dion
Alternative Category
Favorite Alternative Artist The Smashing Pumpkins Bush
Stone Temple Pilots
Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Category
Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Artist Metallica The Smashing Pumpkins
Stone Temple Pilots
Rap/Hip-Hop Category
Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist 2Pac Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
Soundtrack Album
Favorite Soundtrack Waiting to Exhale The Nutty Professor
The Crow: City of Angels
Little Richard
International Artist Award
Bee Gees