Michael Jackson has won more American Music Awards than any artist in history, with a total of 26 awards to date.
He won his first three AMAs in 1980 following the release of Off The Wall, his first solo album as an adult. The success of that album resulted in Michael winning Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist and Favorite Soul/R&B Album two years in a row. In addition, “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” won for Favorite Soul/R&B Song.
Michael followed this by sweeping the awards in 1984 with Thriller, winning eight awards in a single night, including the Award of Merit, which is given to artists who have made truly exceptional contributions to the music industry.
In 1986, Michael was recognized with the Award of Appreciation “for his efforts in composing ‘We Are The World,’ which through the universal language of music has done so much to improve the human condition.” “We Are The World” also won Song Of The Year.
Michael’s “Bad” won for Favorite Soul/R&B Song in 1988. In the following year, he was honored with the first-ever Award of Achievement, given to artists who have accomplished impressive success in their careers.
In 1993, Michael won three more AMAs – Favorite Pop/Rock Album for Dangerous, Favorite Soul/R&B Song for “Remember The Time,” and the International Artist Award of Excellence, which recognizes artists whose popularity and impact cross national boundaries.
In 1996, Michael was named Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist.
Michael’s unprecedented success and unparalleled body of work culminated in winning the Artist of the Century award in 2002, in recognition of his “outstanding musical contributions in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s.”
On this date in 2009, Michael won four posthumous awards, including Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist and Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist. His album Number Ones won Favorite Pop/Rock Album and Favorite Soul R&B Album.
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