December 12, 2013


Wow. The American Music Awards Had Some Pretty Offensive Categories in 1985


The title of this YouTube clip may be "Madonna Live from The American Music Awards, Los Angeles 1985" -- and sure, it's great to see the Material Girl in all of her pre-Gaga glory -- but the following might as well be called "Look How Racially Insensitive The AMAs Were 28 Years Ago."

Really? Was there no other way to describe a genre of music that was inherently pop?

The first category is mentioned at the :20 mark. Then again at :43. And then the nominees in another similarly named category get announced at 3:15. Just watch...and gape in disbelief:


And sure, you may also find Purple Rain beating out Thriller just as offensive.

@TheFirstEcho

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