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The American Music Awards, one of several annual major American music awards shows, is held in Los Angeles.
The AMAs are among the highest profile award shows in the United States, with peers such as the Grammy Awards, the currently dormant Billboard Music Awards, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.
Favorites for the highest honor of 'artist of the year' include Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Taylor Swift, Rihanna and Justin Timberlake. Miley Cyrus and the band Imagine Dragons will perform at the event along with several other acts.
The highly popular 'Thrift Shop' and 'Blurred Lines' are up for the inaugural 'single of the year' award.
The AMAs were created by Dick Clark in 1973 to compete with the Grammys after the move of that year's show to Nashville, Tennessee led to CBS picking up the Grammy telecasts after its first two in 1971 and 1972 were broadcast on ABC. Michael Jackson and Donny Osmond co-hosted the first award show with Rodney Allen Rippy and Ricky Segall in 1974.