Music superstars Rihanna and Carrie Underwood could join a prestigious list at the 44th American Music Awards, airing November 20th on ABC. Both are just two wins away from being among the top 10 most honored artists in the history of the awards. Check out our gallery of the biggest winners in the history of the AMAs.
Michael Jackson remains the all-time winner at these fan-voted awards, created by the late television host and producer Dick Clark. Jackson earned 26 awards over the course of his career, including four posthumous awards following his death in 2009. Also among the top winners are artists like country supergroup Alabama, the late Whitney Houston, and country legends Kenny Rogers and Willie Nelson. With nine wins each, both Underwood and Rhianna need two wins to tie with Janet Jackson and Stevie Wonder in 10th place with 11 total wins.
Underwood has three nominations this year, for Artist of the Year, Favorite Country Album for “Storyteller” and for Favorite Country Female Artist, which she has won three times including last year. Underwood seems likely to prevail again in that category, particularly when you consider her win for Female Vocalist of the Year at the recent Country Music Association Awards. But even if she only wins one award, that will place her alongside her fellow country artists Tim McGraw and Randy Travis with 10 all-time victories.
Rihanna has the second most nominations this year (seven), including Artist of the Year, as well as Female Artist nominations in both the Pop/Rock and Soul/R&B genres. She also is nominated in three separate categories for her monster hit “Work” (Collaboration, Soul/R&B Song, Music Video). If she manages to win all of those nominations, that would bring her career total to 16 wins, one more than Reba McEntire and Lionel Richie, and just one fewer than country music king Garth Brooks.
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