Taylor Swift is going into Sunday night’s American Music Awards with six nominations, more than any other artist this year. With 16 AMAs already on her mantel, Swift would accomplish another impressive feat if she sweeps: matching the late music legend Whitney Houston as the most honored female artist in AMA history with a total of 22 awards.
This weekend Swift will compete for Artist of the Year, Song of the Year (“Blank Space“), Collaboration of the Year (“Bad Blood,” with Kendrick Lamar), Pop/Rock Female Artist, Pop/Rock Album (“1989“) and Adult Contemporary Artist. She currently leads our racetrack odds in all of those categories, which means most Gold Derby users think Swift will indeed tie Houston’s record.
Houston was a favorite at the AMAs from her first appearance in 1986 when she took home two awards. She racked up another nine victories over the next three years, making her the first woman to win more than 10 – and from that point on she continued to extend her lead over all other female artists (only Michael Jackson has won more, with 26 victories).
Over one-third of Houston’s wins came in 1994, fresh off the dominant success of “The Bodyguard” soundtrack and its record-breaking single “I Will Always Love You.” She took home a record-setting eight awards in one night, sweeping pop/rock, soul/R&B and adult contemporary categories, in addition to being honored with a special Award of Merit. Houston went on to win two more awards in 1997 and received her final AMA in 2009: the honorary International Artist Award.
Swift won her first AMA in 2008, Favorite Country Female Artist. Since then she has had unparalleled success among her peers, tallying up another 15 wins in just six years. Included among those honors were a record-setting three wins for Artist of the Year and the Dick Clark Award of Excellence in 2014. Swift’s 16 trophies make her the AMAs’ second most honored female artist, trailing Houston’s 22 and followed by Reba McEntire (15), Janet Jackson (12) and Mariah Carey (10).
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Taylor Swift Photo Credit: Jim Smeal/BEI/REX
Whitney Houston Photo Credit: REX