Daily Archives: February 19, 2014

Annual American Music Awards debuts 40 years ago this hour (Feb 19 1974)

Video: 'AMAs 1974' (17-video playlist; second and third videos are from 1976)

(Tuesday, February 19, 1974, 8:30 p.m. EST) — Dick Clark staged the first American Music Awards tonight as an alternative to the industry-dominated Grammy Awards. The winners of the American Music Awards are determined by the votes of music fans. “Tie A Yellow Ribbon” by Tony Orlando and Dawn won for favorite pop single that year.