American Music Award nominations for Whitney Houston

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Following is a list of American Music Award wins and nominations for pop/R&B icon Whitney Houston. Whitney Houston was nominated in a total of 38 categories and won 22 of them during her career AMA including two special awards ― Award of Merit and International Artist Award. At its 21st ceremonies in 1994, Houston tied Michael Jackson on the record for the most AMA ever won in a single year with 8 awards. Also, she is the female artist with the most wins at AMA, and overall the third behind Michael Jackson (26) and Alabama (23).

1986[edit]

Ceremony Subcategory Nominations Results Note(s)
13th
[1][2]
Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist Whitney Houston
Madonna
Tina Turner
Nominated
Favorite Soul/R&B Single The Commodores - "Nightshift"
Whitney Houston - "You Give Good Love" ★
Freddie Jackson - "You Are My Lady"
Won
Favorite Soul/R&B Album Kool & The Gang - Emergency
Luther Vandross - The Night I Fell in Love
Whitney Houston - Whitney Houston
Nominated
Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist Aretha Franklin
Whitney Houston
Diana Ross
Nominated
Favorite Soul/R&B Video Aretha Franklin - "Freeway of Love"
Ready For The World - "Oh Sheila"
Whitney Houston - "Saving All My Love For You" ★
Won
Favorite Soul/R&B Female Video Artist Aretha Franklin ★
Whitney Houston
Sade
Nominated

1987[edit]

Ceremony Subcategory Nominations Results Note(s)
14th
[3]
Favorite Pop/Rock Album Janet Jackson - Control
Whitney Houston - Whitney Houston
Top Gun Original Soundtrack Album
Van Halen - 5150
Won
  • With that year's seven nominations, Houston received a total of 13 nominations from one album, more than any other artist.
  • Winning five awards, Houston set the record for the most AMAs won by a female artist in one year during the 1980s.
  • Whitney Houston became the first album by a female artist to earn "Favorite Album" in both the Pop/Rock and Soul/R&B categories. Also, she was the second female artist to win "Favorite Female Artist" in both categories behind Donna Summer in 1980.
  • Performed "All at Once," introduced by the show host Diana Ross, called the album Whitney Houston "the biggest debut album by a solo performer ever."
Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist Janet Jackson
Madonna
Whitney Houston ★
Tina Turner
Won
Favorite Pop/Rock Female Video Artist Belinda Carlisle
Madonna ★
Whitney Houston
Janet Jackson
Nominated
Favorite Soul/R&B Album Anita Baker - Rapture
Whitney Houston - Whitney Houston
Janet Jackson - Control
Run-D.M.C. - Raising Hell
Won
Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist Anita Baker
Whitney Houston ★
Janet Jackson
Patti LaBelle
Won
Favorite Soul/R&B Video Janet Jackson - "When I Think of You"
Whitney Houston - "Greatest Love of All" ★
Billy Ocean - "There'll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)"
Run-D.M.C. - "Walk This Way"
Won
Favorite Soul/R&B Female Video Artist Janet Jackson ★
Aretha Franklin
Whitney Houston
Tina Turner
Nominated

1988[edit]

Ceremony Subcategory Nominations Results Note(s)
15th
[4]
Favorite Pop/Rock Single Whitney Houston - "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)" ★
Bon Jovi - "Livin' on a Prayer"
Bob Seger - "Shakedown"
Won
Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist Janet Jackson
Madonna
Whitney Houston ★
Won
Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist Whitney Houston
Anita Baker ★
Janet Jackson
Nominated

1989[edit]

Ceremony Subcategory Nominations Results Note(s)
16th Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist Tracy Chapman
Whitney Houston ★
Debbie Gibson
Won
  • Adding two awards in that year, Houston won a total of 11 AMAs at the time, becoming the most winning female artist during the 1980s.
Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist Whitney Houston ★
Natalie Cole
Sade
Won

1992[edit]

Ceremony Subcategory Nominations Results Note(s)
19th
[5][6]
Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist Paula Abdul
Mariah Carey
Whitney Houston
Nominated
Favorite Soul/R&B Album Boyz II Men - Cooleyhighharmony
Whitney Houston - I'm Your Baby Tonight
Luther Vandross - Power of Love
New Jack City Soundtrack Album
Nominated
Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist Mariah Carey ★
Natalie Cole
Whitney Houston
Nominated
Favorite Adult Contemporary Album Paula Abdul - Spellbound
Natalie Cole - Unforgettable...With Love
Whitney Houston - I'm Your Baby Tonight
Nominated
Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist Paula Abdul
Natalie Cole ★
Whitney Houston
Nominated

1994[edit]

Ceremony Subcategory Nominations Results Note(s)
21st
[7][8][9]
Favorite Pop/Rock Single Whitney Houston - "I Will Always Love You" ★
UB40 - "Can't Help Falling In Love"
Tag Team - "Whoomp! (There It Is)"
Won
  • Houston won seven of the eight categories in which she was nominated and was presented with the prestigious "Award of Merit" by Stevie Wonder, the award is given for outstanding contributions to the musical entertainment of the American public. In addition, "She is blessed with one of the finest vocal instruments in contemporary music," reads the inscription on the award.
  • With 8 wins, she shared with Michael Jackson the record for the most AMAs ever won in a single year. Also tied Kenny Rogers on the all-time list with 19 total awards up to that time.
  • Houston became the first and only artist to win Favorite Album simultaneously in the Pop/Rock, Soul/R&B and Adult Contemporary categories.
  • Houston's fourth winning in the Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist category, which made her the most winning artist in the category (tied with Olivia Newton-John).
  • Brought the house down with her soulful, stirring 10-minute-medley renditions of "I Loves You, Porgy" from Porgy and Bess, the show-stealing "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going from the broadway musical Dreamgirls, and "I Have Nothing" from The Bodyguard, while receiving a standing ovation.
Favorite Pop/Rock Album Janet Jackson - janet.
Whitney Houston - The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album
Spin Doctors - Pocket Full Of Kryptonite
Won
Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist Mariah Carey
Gloria Estefan
Whitney Houston ★
Janet Jackson
Won
Favorite Soul/R&B Single Mariah Carey - "Dreamlover"
Janet Jackson - "That's the Way Love Goes"
Whitney Houston - "I Will Always Love You" ★
Won
Favorite Soul/R&B Album Whitney Houston - The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album
Janet Jackson - janet.
SWV - It's About Time
Silk - Lose Control
Won
Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist Toni Braxton
Whitney Houston ★
Mariah Carey
Janet Jackson
Won
Favorite Adult Contemporary Album Kenny G - Breathless
Billy Joel - River of Dreams
Whitney Houston - The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album
Rod Stewart - Unplugged...and Seated
Won
Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist Kenny G ★
Whitney Houston
Michael Bolton
Nominated
Special Award: Award of Merit

1997[edit]

Ceremony Subcategory Nominations Results Note(s)
24th
[10]
Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist Mariah Carey
Celine Dion
Whitney Houston ★
Won
  • Houston didn't attend the show. Favorite Adult Contemporary award was accepted by the presenters Brooks & Dunn, and Favorite Soundtrack award was taken by Chaka Khan and Toni Braxton.
  • Added two more awards, which made her to break Kenny Rogers' then all-time record (19) for the most AMAs won by any artist with 21.
  • Houston also was honored as an important figure in the "Year of the Woman" in the American Music Awards. Garth Brooks chronicled the "Year of the Woman" and said that the year began with a bang with Houston, the movie Waiting To Exhale and its successful soundtrack, and ended with and The Preacher's Wife film and its soundtrack.
Favorite Soundtrack Waiting to Exhale: Original Soundtrack Album
The Nutty Professor Soundtrack
The Crow: City of Angels Soundtrack
Won

1998[edit]

Ceremony Subcategory Nominations Results Note(s)
25th
[11]
Favorite Soundtrack Evita: The Motion Picture Music Soundtrack
Men in Black: The Album
Whitney Houston - The Preacher's Wife: Original Soundtrack Album
Nominated
  • The awards show commemorated its 25th anniversary by looking back at significant moments, clips, performances and bloopers. Its 25th anniversary greatest moments montage included Houston's 1986 and 1987 AMA wins, and 1994 performance clips.

2000[edit]

Ceremony Subcategory Nominations Results Note(s)
27th
[12][13]
Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist Whitney Houston
Britney Spears
Shania Twain
Nominated
  • Houston tied Britney Spears and Shania Twain for the most nominations in that year, with each receiving three nods apiece.
Favorite Soul/R&B Album Lauryn Hill - The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
Whitney Houston - My Love Is Your Love
TLC - FanMail
Nominated
Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist Brandy
Lauryn Hill ★
Whitney Houston
Nominated

2001[edit]

Ceremony Subcategory Nominations Results Note(s)
28th
[14]
Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist Toni Braxton ★
Whitney Houston
Kelly Price
Nominated
  • As of now, it's Houston's final nomination in the competitive categories.

2009[edit]

Ceremony Category
37th
[15][16][17]
Special Award: International Artist Award
Note(s)
  • After the presenter Samuel L. Jackson introduced Whitney Houston as the 7th name in a prestige list of "International Artist Award" recipients with the video presentation for her achievements, she performed her powerhouse ballad "I Didn’t Know My Own Strength," receiving a standing ovation.
  • Houston’s performance marked the first time she's performed on the show in ten years―a medley of then new songs from My Love Is Your Love: "Until You Come Back" and "My Love Is Your Love" medley, with Babyface and Wyclef Jean in 1999, and was her first primetime U.S. network performance in five years, since 2004 World Music Awards.
  • Following her touching performance, the show honored Whitney Houston with the award, according to an inscription read by Jackson, which is given "in recognition of her worldwide success exemplified by her international record sales, radio airplay in countries all over the world, live performances that span the globe, and popularity that knows no borders or boundaries."
  • With the award, Houston holds the record for the most American Music Awards by any female artist ever with a total of 22, and overall the third behind Michael Jackson (26) and Alabama (23).

Performances and appearances on the American Music Awards[edit]

Date City Venue Performance/Note(s)
January 27, 1986
(13th)
Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium
  • "How Will I Know"
January 26, 1987
(14th)
  • "All at Once"
January 25, 1988
(15th)
  • "Where Do Broken Hearts Go"
  • "Wonderful Counselor" (along with Cissy Houston and Gary Houston)
January 30, 1989
(16th)
  • Houston attended the show, accepting two AMAs, but not performed
January 27, 1992
(19th)
  • She performed a remix medley of songs from I'm Your Baby Tonight: "I'm Your Baby Tonight," "My Name Is Not Susan," and "Who Do You Love"
February 7, 1994
(21st)
  • "I Loves You, Porgy" from Porgy and Bess, "And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going" from Dreamgirls and "I Have Nothing" from The Bodyguard.
January 11, 1999
(26th)
  • Houston sang a medley of songs from then-new-album My Love Is Your Love: "Until You Come Back" and "My Love Is Your Love." Babyface played the piano on both songs and Wyclef Jean was featured as a rapper on the performance of "My Love Is Your Love."
November 22, 2009
(37th)
The Nokia Theatre
  • "I Didn't Know My Own Strength"

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