American Music Awards is an North American annual music awards show, created by Dick Clark in 1973 for ABC when the network's contract to air the Grammy Awards expired. Until 2005, the nominations and winners were selected by members of the music industry, based on commercial performance. Since 2006, winners have been determined by a poll of the public, who can vote through the AMAs website.
Tina Turner was twice guest at the ceremony. First in 1985, where she received two awards for herself and performed her recent single Private Dancer on stage. In 1987, she was only a musical guest and performed the song What You Get Is What You See.