Mariah received the "Honorary Award" for most #1 songs by a solo artist & most weeks at #1 by any artist - her 12th career American Music Award! The inscription on the trophy reads:
|"The American Music Awards honors Mariah Carey for surpassing two of the longest standing records in music history, formerly held by Elvis Presley. In 2008, Mariah Carey became the solo artist with the most number one hits of all time. In addition, Mariah has now spent more weeks at number one than any other artist in the history of recorded music. Congratulations!"|
Mariah lost in the "Favorite Female Artist - Pop" and the "Favorite Album - R&B" categories. The awards went to Rihanna and Alicia Keys, respectively.