American Music Awards 1991: While hosts Horatio Sanz, Tom Arnold and Jane Krakowski enjoyed the party atmosphere, the show was plagued by technical glitches and a surprise “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” video from Peter Frampton.
1990: Amy Grant, Naomi Judd and Vicki Lee (the last appearing on the Grammy stage three months later) star on a slightly monotonous evening. With two white mice in a microphone stand, squeaking was at a premium, and the show settled into a more conventional routine.
1989: With Barbie Dolls, mechanical surfboards and cowboy boots, it’s no surprise the AMA’s ’80s musical tribute kicked off with Styx. Richie Sambora, John Popper and Lawrence Gowan delighted with their high energy performance of Mr Roboto.
1987: Frank Sinatra, KRS-One and Robert Pattinson play guitar together to an audience that requests songs by Guns ‘N Roses, Pink Floyd and the Ramones.
1978: Jane Fonda guest hosts and stars in the slick promo for the show as guest, Rockin’ Galletta, a Mexican bajana, in an episode of the Morecambe and Wise sitcom.
1977: Eurythmics, who also took part in the excellent group performance, perform three songs from their unique and enchanting sound.
1976: A 12-year-old Ann-Margret and a sock-hop band called Dixie perform Silly Love Songs, perhaps unwittingly mixing the exuberance of the cast of Dynasty with the comfortable nostalgia of Dean Martin.
1974: The event’s first live telecast, hosted by Jimmy Durante and his toupee. Barbra Streisand introduces opening song These Boots are Made for Walkin’, and then pairs Billy Ocean with Billie Jean King. She will later bring out Streisand. They will be joined by the Sex Pistols and Bernadette Peters. When Sid Caesar airs a second booking, the entire audience is ejected and segregated, but the newsagent on the stage shouts over him: “Excuse me, Sid, no one cares about you.”
1974: Four dancers spin fake phalluses to the 1979 pop disco hit “Good Vibrations” by Bon Jovi. They are a real boys’ club: Sinatra, Sinatra, Sinatra, Johnny Mathis, Elvis, Dean Martin, Neil Diamond and Bing Crosby. The stage is set for a very different American Music Awards, but misses a trick by letting the male dancers remain on stage while the female dancers are sent off to their audience’s satisfaction.