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August 17, 2022

Michael Jackson makes music awards history

Michael Jackson has made history by posthumously winning four American Music Awards in Los Angeles. The singer, who died in June at the age of 50, only just missed out on the night’s top award – artist of the year – which went to Taylor Swift. The 19-year-old country singer won five gongs at the ceremony which honors the year’s top selling artists and is voted for by fans online. Jackson was named favorite male artist in the Pop/Rock and Soul/R&B categories. His hits collection Number Ones was named best album in both categories. The singer’s brother Jermaine accepted the trophies, wearing a glittery white glove in tribute. “The message that Michael had, will live on forever,” he said.

“He saw good in everyone and he wanted everyone to do good. He always started with love.” To add to the occasion, Jackson’s sister Janet opened the show performing a medley of some of the biggest hits from her career. Swift, who is currently in London, accepted her awards via satellite link. She said she was honored to be nominated alongside Jackson. “Music has never been ultimately about competition. To even be mentioned in a category with Michael Jackson, who we will miss and love forever, is an unimaginable honor.”

Other winners of the night included Beyonce, Green Day, The Black Eyed Peas, Jay-Z. Whitney Houston received the International Award of Excellence and performed I Didn’t Know My Own Strength.

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