American Music Awards of 1988

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15th Annual American Music Awards
Date January 25, 1988
Country United States
Hosted by
First awarded 1973
Television/radio coverage
Network ABC
Runtime 180 minutes
Produced by Dick Clark Productions

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

Winners and nominees[edit]

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 Single "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, or 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 Single "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 Single "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.
Award of Merit
The Beach Boys