- Michael Jackson
- 26 total number
- United States ()
Michael Jackson (USA, 1958–2009) won 26 trophies at the American Music Awards (AMAs) between 1980 and 2009, including the Award of Merit (1984), the Special Achievement Award (1989), the International Artist Award of Excellence (1993) and the Artist of the Century (2002).
Jackson’s haul of awards also includes a record-setting eight wins at a single ceremony (1984) – a feat matched by Whitney Houston in 1994. His first three awards were secured in 1980, all in the Soul/R&B category: Favourite Male Artist, Favourite Single (“Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough”) and Favourite Album (Off the Wall). Five months after his death in 2009, he won his final four awards: Favourite Male Artist – Pop/Rock, Favourite Male Artist – Soul/R&B, Favourite Album – Pop/Rock (Number Ones) and Favourite Album – Soul/R&B (Number Ones).
At the 2019 American Music Awards (AMAs), presented at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California, USA, on 24 November, Taylor Swift won six awards to take her ahead of Jackson for the most awards won in the history of the AMAs (29).
The first AMAs were staged at the Earl Carroll Theatre in New York City on 19 February 1974. The 2019 edition was the 47th ceremony (two events were held in 2003, when the AMAs switched from January to November).