American Music Awards of 1998

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25th Annual American Music Awards
DateJanuary 26, 1998
LocationShrine Auditorium,
Los Angeles, California
CountryUnited States
Hosted byDrew Carey
Most awardsSpice Girls (3)
Most nominationsPuff Daddy (5)
Television/radio coverage
Runtime180 min.
Produced byDick Clark Productions
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The 25th Annual American Music Awards were held on January 26, 1998, at the Shrine Auditorium, in Los Angeles, California. The awards recognized the most popular artists and albums from the year 1997.

The Spice Girls were the biggest winners of the night, winning all of the three awards they were nominated for, while Puff Daddy didn't win any of the five awards he had been nominated for.


Artist(s) Song(s)
Janet Jackson "Together Again" (DJ Premier Remix)
Matchbox Twenty "Push"
Trisha Yearwood "How Do I Live"
Spice Girls "Too Much"[a]
Boyz II Men "A Song for Mama"
Drew Carey
"Weird Al" Yankovic
Those Darn Accordions
American Music Awards Medley
Enrique Iglesias "Lluvia cae"
Garth Brooks "Rollin'"
Mariah Carey "My All"
Mary J. Blige
George Benson
"Seven Days"
Michael Bolton "Nessun dorma"
Puff Daddy
"It's All About the Benjamins"
"Mo Money Mo Problems"
Reba McEntire "What If"


  • ^[a] Pretaped in Dublin, Ireland, on January 21st.

Winners and nominees[edit]

Subcategory Winner Nominees
Pop/Rock Category
Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist Babyface Beck
Puff Daddy
Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist Celine Dion Toni Braxton
Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group Spice Girls U2
The Wallflowers
Favorite Pop/Rock Album Spice - Spice Girls Pieces of You - Jewel
Yourself or Someone Like You - Matchbox 20
Bringing Down the Horse - The Wallflowers
Favorite Pop/Rock New Artist Spice Girls Matchbox 20
The Wallflowers
Soul/R&B Category
Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist Babyface Puff Daddy
Keith Sweat
Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist Mariah Carey Mary J. Blige
Toni Braxton
Favorite Soul/R&B Band/Duo/Group Boyz II Men Dru Hill
En Vogue
Favorite Soul/R&B Album Share My World - Mary J. Blige Baduizm - Erykah Badu
Another Level - Blackstreet
No Way Out - Puff Daddy
Favorite Soul/R&B New Artist Erykah Badu Dru Hill
Puff Daddy
Country Category
Favorite Country Male Artist George Strait Clint Black
Alan Jackson
Favorite Country Female Artist Reba McEntire LeAnn Rimes
Shania Twain
Favorite Country Band/Duo/Group Alabama Brooks & Dunn
Sawyer Brown
Favorite Country Album Carrying Your Love with Me - George Strait Everywhere - Tim McGraw
Unchained Melody: The Early Years - LeAnn Rimes
(Songbook) A Collection of Hits - Trisha Yearwood
Favorite Country New Artist Lee Ann Womack Bob Carlisle
Kevin Sharp
Adult Contemporary Category
Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist Elton John Michael Bolton
Celine Dion
Alternative Category
Favorite Alternative Artist Bush Mighty Mighty Bosstones
Rap/Hip-Hop Category
Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Puff Daddy
Wu-Tang Clan
Latin Category
Favorite Latin Artist Julio Iglesias Enrique Iglesias
Luis Miguel
Soundtrack Category
Favorite Soundtrack Men in Black Evita
The Preacher's Wife
Frank Sinatra