The American music awards show presents the audience with an opportunity to see a great number of superstars including Madonna, Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney, and Britney Spears at once and in one place. The showman Dick Clark created the show in 1973 as a rival to the Grammy Awards and there is still a competition between them.
Generally, the American music awards are not awards in their primary sense, but the gates to watch the best musical performances, as acceptance speeches are limited to forty seconds. The show gives honor to achievements in the recording business and in popular music, including all music directions, beginning with hard rock and ending with rap performances. The given out awards (there are about thirty or more annually) are based on the poll of 20000 record buyers, while the Grammy's awards are based on votes by the members of the entertainment industry. Thus, the contest depends on the listeners themselves and the popularity of this or that musical performer.
The show attracts the major celebrities in the music business and they are invited as performers, presenters, recipients and/or hosts. That is the reason why the show is the best chance to see your favorites alive and to enjoy listening to them. The music awards tickets are available for the public and are sold through Ticket Master. If you do not know what it is, you can easily find out about it in the Internet. Evidently, the tickets are not cheap due to the status of the show and the guests invited; the tickets for the previous year show were from thirty to hundred and seventy five us dollars, depending on the location of the seats. Here you pay for the high quality of the show and the indulgence of being one of the guests among all these celebrities.
The American show awards nominations are commonly announced in September and the awards ceremony is held on any Sunday in November. The 29th Annual American Music Awards were hosted by Sean "P. Diddy" Combs and Jenny McCarthy. Lenny Kravitz, Janet Jackson, Destiny's Child, Alicia Keys, Nelly, Limp Bizkit, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill were among the winners. The winners of 2003 included Ashanti, Sheryl Crow, Creed, the Dixie Chicks and Eminem; the hosts of the show were the Osbournes. Comic Jimmy Kimmel visited 2004 American music awards as a host. The awards were given out to Twista, Snoop Dogg, Maroon 5, Gwen Stefany and many other artists.
As any respectable, well-known and popular show, the American music awards makes notes of its records set by the performers. For instance, the singer Kenny Rogers owns the most wins of the American music awards in history (he has seventeen of them). The record for the most American music awards taken in a single year is set and still held by Michael Jackson (for the album "Thriller" performed in 1983) and by Whitney Houston (for 1993's "The Bodyguard Soundtrack") - eight awards to each performer.
The 33rd Annual American music awards will take place on Tuesday, November 22, 2005, in the amazing building of the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Cedric the Entertainer is expected to be the host of it. Who knows what this year has in store for us. If you have already decided to visit the show, you should know that a limited number of tickets is available, the minimal age for admission is sixteen and "dressy attire is required".