Whitney Houston, Alabama, Willie Nelson and Phil Collins have received the most nominations--based on year-end sales charts--for the American Music Awards.
The winners, selected by a national sampling of 20,000 record-buyers, will be named Jan. 27 in nationally televised ceremonies (ABC, 8 p.m.) from the Shrine Auditorium. The major nominees:
Male vocalist: Phil Collins, Prince, Bruce Springsteen; female vocalist: Whitney Houston, Madonna, Tina Turner; group: Chicago, Kool & the Gang, Tears for Fears; album: Springsteen's "Born in the U.S.A," Madonna's "Like a Virgin," Collins' "No Jacket Required."
Male vocalist: Lee Greenwood, Willie Nelson, Hank Williams Jr.; female vocalist: Crystal Gayle, Anne Murray, Dolly Parton; group: Alabama, the Judds, Oak Ridge Boys; album: Nelson's "City of New Orleans," Ricky Skaggs' "Country Boy," Alabama's "40 Hour Week."
Male vocalist: Prince, Luther Vandross, Stevie Wonder; female vocalist: Aretha Franklin, Houston, Diana Ross; group: Kool & the Gang, New Edition, Ready for the World; album: Kool & the Gang's "Emergency," Vandross' "The Night I Fell in Love," "Whitney Houston."