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The third Annual American Music Awards were held on January 31, 1976.

3rd Annual American Music Awards
DateJanuary 31, 1976
CountryUnited States
First awarded1973
Television/radio coverage
NetworkABC
Runtime120 min.
Produced byDick Clark Productions

Winners and nominees of 3rd Annual American Music AwardsEdit

Pop/Rock Category
Category Winner Nominated
Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist John Denver Elton John
Neil Sedaka
Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist Olivia Newton-John Helen Reddy
Linda Ronstadt
Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group Tony Orlando and Dawn Eagles
Earth, Wind & Fire
Favorite Pop/Rock Album Olivia Newton-John, Have You Never Been Mellow Eagles, One of These Nights
Elton John, Greatest Hits
Favorite Pop/Rock Song Glen Campbell, "Rhinestone Cowboy" Captain & Tennille, "Love Will Keep Us Together"
Elton John, "Philadelphia Freedom"
Soul/R&B Category
Category Winner Nominated
Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist Barry White James Brown
Smokey Robinson
Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist Aretha Franklin Gwen McCrae
Minnie Riperton
Favorite Soul/R&B Band/Duo/Group Gladys Knight & the Pips Earth, Wind & Fire
KC and the Sunshine Band
Favorite Soul/R&B Album The Temptations, A Song for You Earth, Wind & Fire, That's the Way of the World
Ohio Players, Five
Favorite Soul/R&B Song KC and the Sunshine Band, "Get Down Tonight" Gwen McCrae, "Rockin' Chair"
Love Unlimited, "I Belong to You"
Country Category
Category Winner Nominated
Favorite Country Male Artist John Denver Charlie Rich
Merle Haggard
Favorite Country Female Artist Olivia Newton-John Linda Ronstadt
Loretta Lynn
Favorite Country Band/Duo/Group Donny Osmond & Marie Osmond Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn
The Statler Brothers
Favorite Country Album John Denver, Back Home Again Freddy Fender, Before the Next Teardrop Falls
Olivia Newton-John, Have You Never Been Mellow
Favorite Country Song Glen Campbell, "Rhinestone Cowboy" Freddy Fender, "Before the Next Teardrop Falls"
Willie Nelson, "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain"
Merit
Irving Berlin