12 Surprising Facts About the American Music Awards


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The American Music Awards have lasted for 42 years. They even survived the death in 2012 of their creator, Dick Clark. Clark had a simple idea: focus on the genres with the broadest appeal and leave classical, jazz, and other specialized forms to the Grammys.

Here are 12 shocking facts about the AMAs. All are certifiably true. (all photos: Getty Images)