Sunday, November 20, 2016

American Music Award of Merit

American Music Award of Merit:

1974-2016

After a four-year layoff, the American Music Award of Merit returned in 2008. The award was initiated in 1974 as one of the original awards for the first annual American Music Awards show, which was televised on February 19, 1974. The Hollywood Reporter says the award is given to artists “who have made truly exceptional contributions to the music industry.”

The award was given each year from 1974 to 2004. Then it was given again until 2008 and then there was an eight-year gap before it was given again, this time to Sting on November 20, 2016. As of May 24, 2021, the award has not been given again.

See other lifetime achievement awards.

Sting receives the American Music Award of Merit; image from Stereogum.com


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First posted 11/23/2008; last updated 5/24/2021.

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