sweet/vicious season one
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music friday: the 13th annual american music awards, january 27, 1986

The American Music Awards were created by Dick Clark in 1973 when ABC lost the rights to telecast the Grammys. Grammys are chosen by members of the Recording Academy, but the American Music Awards are chosen via public voting. The artist who has won the most AMAs is Michael Jackson with 26.

Huey Lewis and the News won the Favorite Pop/Rock Single and Video for “The Power of Love”, which came from Back to the Future. The song was nominated for an Oscar (they lost to Lionel Richie). The band had their roots in Clover, who released several albums in the 70s, and later backed up Elvis Costello on his first album. As Huey Lewis and the News, they were massively popular in the 80s, selling 30 million records. While their mixture of pop and blues-rock was never a big hit with critics, they remain beloved in the San Francisco Bay Area, and I admit I have a soft spot in my heart for them, as well.

Whitney Houston had a big night at the AMAs. She won Favorite Soul/R&B Single (“You Give Good Love”) and Favorite Soul/R&B Video (“Saving All My Love for You”), while also picking up nominations for Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist and Video Artist (losing in both categories to Aretha Franklin), along with Favorite Soul/R&B Album (she lost to Kool & the Gang). “Saving All My Love for You” also won a Grammy. Houston is not my personal favorite anything, so this is a rare chance to see her on this blog:

Willie Nelson may have been the leader in the Country Category. He won Favorite Country Male Artist and Favorite Country Single (“Forgiving You Was Easy”), and was a runner-up for Favorite Country Album. Furthermore, he was a member of the supergroup The Highwaymen (consisting of Nelson, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, and Kris Kristofferson), and they won Favorite Country Band/Duo/Group Video Artist, while “Highwayman” won Favorite Country Video.



I'm not sure the first two videos are what you were intending. That said, I always loved Huey Lewis. Some of my favorite things about the 80s were it's fondnessfor the 50s and 60s. And what I liked about then was their way of sounding classic and new at the same time.

Steven Rubio

Hmm ... the videos look OK to me. It takes forever for Lewis to get to the actual song in that video.

I can't say Huey and the News were out of step, given they were so popular. But I think their style was not what critics were looking for. I always thought they were sincere, which appealed to fans and made their blue-eyed soul believable. My "guilty pleasure" with them is Fore! I always liked that one even more than I liked Sports. "I Never Walk Alone" is my favorite of all their songs.


Last night the videos were totally different for the first two: a concert of drag queens for the first and a preview for an upcoming movie for the second. The they changed? Youtube glitches, maybe...


And Fore! Had great videos in addition to their catchy pop/soul/rock.

Steven Rubio

That sounds like a cache problem. Those videos were on posts from the previous week.

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