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American Music Awards of 1988

The 15th Annual American Music Awards were held on January 25, 1988.

15th Annual American Music Awards
DateJanuary 25, 1988
CountryUnited States
Hosted by
First awarded1973
Television/radio coverage
Runtime180 minutes
Produced byDick Clark Productions

Winners and nomineesEdit

Subcategory Winner Nominees
Pop/Rock Category
Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist Paul Simon Michael Jackson
George Michael
Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist Whitney Houston Janet Jackson
Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group Bon Jovi Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam
Favorite Pop/Rock Album GracelandPaul Simon "Slippery When Wet" – Bon Jovi
"The Joshua Tree" – U2
"Whitesnake 1987" – Whitesnake
Favorite Pop/Rock Song "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)" – Whitney Houston "Livin' On A Prayer" – Bon Jovi
"Shakedown" – Bob Seger
Favorite Pop/Rock Video "When I Think of You" – Janet Jackson "Sledgehammer" – Peter Gabriel
"I Didn't Mean to Turn You On" – Robert Palmer
Soul/R&B Category
Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist Luther Vandross LL Cool J
Smokey Robinson
Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist Anita Baker Whitney Houston
Janet Jackson
Favorite Soul/R&B Band/Duo/Group Cameo Club Nouveau
Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam
Favorite Soul/R&B Album RaptureAnita Baker Bigger & DefferLL Cool J
Give Me the ReasonLuther Vandross
Favorite Soul/R&B Song "Bad" – Michael Jackson CasanovaLevert
Looking For A New LoveJody Watley
Favorite Soul/R&B Video "When I Think of You" – Janet Jackson
Country Category
Favorite Country Male Artist Randy Travis George Strait
Hank Williams, Jr.
Favorite Country Female Artist Reba McEntire Rosanne Cash
Tanya Tucker
Favorite Country Band/Duo/Group Alabama The Judds
Restless Heart
Favorite Country Album Always & ForeverRandy Travis HeartlandThe Judds
Ocean Front PropertyGeorge Strait
Favorite Country Song "Forever and Ever, Amen" – Randy Travis Ocean Front PropertyGeorge Strait
Born to BoogieHank Williams, Jr.
Favorite Country Video "Forever and Ever, Amen" – Randy Travis "What Am I Gonna Do About You" – Reba McEntire
"My Name Is Bocephus" – Hank Williams, Jr.
The Beach Boys