American Music Awards of 1986

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13th Annual American Music Awards
DateJanuary 27, 1986
CountryUnited States
Hosted byDiana Ross
First awarded1974
Television/radio coverage
Runtime180 min.
Produced byDick Clark Productions

The 13th Annual American Music Awards were held on January 27, 1986.

Winners and nominees[edit]

Subcategory Winner Nominees
Pop/Rock Category
Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist Bruce Springsteen Phil Collins
Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist Tina Turner Whitney Houston
Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group Chicago Kool & The Gang
Tears for Fears
Favorite Pop/Rock Album Born in the U.S.A. - Bruce Springsteen No Jacket Required - Phil Collins
Like a Virgin - Madonna
Favorite Pop/Rock Song "The Power of Love" - Huey Lewis and the News "Money for Nothing" - Dire Straits
"Careless Whisper" - Wham!
Favorite Pop/Rock Video "The Power of Love" - Huey Lewis and the News "Take On Me" - a-ha
"Easy Lover" - Philip Bailey & Phil Collins
Favorite Pop/Rock Male Video Artist Bruce Springsteen Phil Collins
Huey Lewis
Favorite Pop/Rock Female Video Artist Pat Benatar Aretha Franklin
Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group Video Artist Wham! Eurythmics
Tears for Fears
Soul/R&B Category
Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist Stevie Wonder Prince
Luther Vandross
Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist Aretha Franklin Whitney Houston
Diana Ross
Favorite Soul/R&B Band/Duo/Group Kool & The Gang New Edition
Ready For The World
Favorite Soul/R&B Album Emergency - Kool & The Gang Whitney Houston - Whitney Houston
The Night I Fell in Love - Luther Vandross
Favorite Soul/R&B Song "You Give Good Love" - Whitney Houston "Nightshift" - The Commodores
"You Are My Lady" - Freddie Jackson
Favorite Soul/R&B Video "Saving All My Love for You" - Whitney Houston "Freeway of Love" - Aretha Franklin
"Oh Sheila" - Ready For The World
Favorite Soul/R&B Male Video Artist Stevie Wonder Philip Bailey & Phil Collins
Favorite Soul/R&B Female Video Artist Aretha Franklin Whitney Houston
Favorite Soul/R&B Band/Duo/Group Video Artist The Pointer Sisters Ashford & Simpson
Kool & The Gang
Country Category
Favorite Country Male Artist Willie Nelson Lee Greenwood
Hank Williams, Jr.
Favorite Country Female Artist Crystal Gayle Anne Murray
Dolly Parton
Favorite Country Band/Duo/Group Alabama The Judds
The Oak Ridge Boys
Favorite Country Album 40-Hour Week - Alabama City of New Orleans - Willie Nelson
Country Boy - Ricky Skaggs
Favorite Country Song "Forgiving You Was Easy" - Willie Nelson "There's No Way" - Alabama
"Dixie Road" - Lee Greenwood
Favorite Country Video "The Highwayman" - The Highwaymen "40-Hour Week" - Alabama
"All My Rowdy Friends" - Hank Williams, Jr.
Favorite Country Male Video Artist Hank Williams, Jr. Lee Greenwood
Ricky Skaggs
Favorite Country Female Video Artist Crystal Gayle Janie Fricke
Anne Murray
Favorite Country Band/Duo/Group Video Artist The Highwayman Alabama
The Oak Ridge Boys
Paul McCartney
Award of Appreciation[1]
Michael Jackson
Song of the Year[1]
We Are the World


  1. ^ a b Jel D. Lewis Jones (2005). Michael Jackson, the King of Pop: The Big Picture: The Music! The Man! The Legend! The Interviews! An Anthology (1st ed.). Amber Books. p. 104. ISBN 0-9749779-0-X.