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The 23rd Annual American Music Awards were held on January 29, 1996, at the Shrine Auditorium, in Los Angeles, California. The awards recognized the most popular artists and albums from the year 1995.

23rd Annual American Music Awards
DateJanuary 29, 1996
LocationShrine Auditorium,
Los Angeles, California
CountryUnited States
Hosted byJeff Foxworthy
Sinbad
Most awardsGarth Brooks and Eagles (3 each)
Most nominationsBoyz II Men and Hootie & the Blowfish (5 each)
Television/radio coverage
NetworkABC
Runtime180 min.
Produced byDick Clark Productions

This year's ceremony is rememberd by country singer-songwriter Garth Brooks refusing to accept the Favorite Artist of the Year Award.

PerformancesEdit

Winners and nomineesEdit

Subcategory Winner Nominees
Artist of the Year
Artist of the Year Garth Brooks (Refused)
TLC (Accepted)
Boyz II Men
Green Day
Hootie & the Blowfish
Pop/Rock Category
Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist Michael Jackson Elton John
Seal
Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist Mariah Carey Melissa Etheridge
Alanis Morissette
Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group Eagles Boyz II Men
Hootie & the Blowfish
Favorite Pop/Rock Album Hell Freezes OverEagles IIBoyz II Men
Cracked Rear ViewHootie & the Blowfish
Favorite Pop/Rock New Artist Hootie & the Blowfish Blues Traveler
Alanis Morissette
Soul/R&B Category
Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist Luther Vandross Michael Jackson
Barry White
Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist Mariah Carey Anita Baker
Brandy
Favorite Soul/R&B Band/Duo/Group Boyz II Men Jodeci
TLC
Favorite Soul/R&B Album IIBoyz II Men My LifeMary J. Blige
CrazySexyCoolTLC
Favorite Soul/R&B New Artist Brandy Monica
Soul for Real
Country Category
Favorite Country Male Artist Garth Brooks Alan Jackson
George Strait
Favorite Country Female Artist Reba McEntire Mary Chapin Carpenter
Shania Twain
Favorite Country Band/Duo/Group Alabama BlackHawk
Brooks & Dunn
Favorite Country Album The HitsGarth Brooks Waitin' on SundownBrooks & Dunn
The Woman in MeShania Twain
Favorite Country New Artist Shania Twain Rhett Akins
Ty Herndon
Adult Contemporary Category
Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist Eagles Hootie & the Blowfish
Michael Jackson
Alternative Category
Favorite Alternative Artist Pearl Jam Green Day
Nine Inch Nails
Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Category
Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Artist Pearl Jam Green Day
Van Halen
Rap/Hip-Hop Category
Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist Coolio Bone Thugs-n-Harmony
Naughty by Nature
Soundtrack Category
Favorite Soundtrack The Lion King Dangerous Minds
Forrest Gump
Merit
Tammy Wynette

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