Boyz II Men capitalized on all but one of their four nominations at the 22nd annual American Music Awards. Ace of Base, Michael Bolton and Reba McEntire received two trophies apiece.
“I’ll Make Love to You” brought Boyz II Men honors for favorite single in the pop-rock and soulrhythm and blues categories, and the vocalists won top soul-R&B; group. They lost only a bid for adult contemporary artist.
Monday night’s awards show honored such American Music Award veterans as McEntire and Alabama, along with new stars ranging from Counting Crows to Snoop Doggy Dogg.
Top male artist awards went to Michael Bolton in pop-rock, Babyface in soul-R&B; and Garth Brooks in country. Favorite female artists were Mariah Carey in poprock, Anita Baker in soul-R&B; and McEntire in country.
Bolton also collected the award for favorite adult contemporary artist.
McEntire’s other victory was in the country album competition for her “Read My Mind,” which beat the popular compilation work “Common Thread: Songs of the Eagles” and Alan Jackson’s “Who I Am.”
Capping a phenomenal rise to popularity, Sweden’s Ace of Base quartet was named pop-rock’s favorite new artist over All-4-One and Counting Crows, and favorite pop-rock group over Pink Floyd and Stone Temple Pilots.
Country winners also included Tim McGraw as favorite new artist, Vince Gill’s “Whenever You Come Around” as favorite single, and the venerable Alabama, which picked up its 13th consecutive favorite group trophy.
Toni Braxton’s “Toni Braxton” aced the album competition in soulR&B;, and the youthful vocalists of All-4-One won the category’s new artist honor.
“The Lion King” soundtrack was chosen over Counting Crows’ “August and Everything After” and Carey’s “Music Box” as favorite poprock album.
Counting Crows did collect a trophy for alternative music artist, and in a bittersweet victory, Nirvana was top heavy metal-hard rock artist. The band’s lead singer Kurt Cobain committed suicide last year.
Snoop Doggy Dogg, the rap star accused of murder, won his first American Music Award as favorite rap-hip hop star.