Jan. 25, 1986: Anita Baker wins 2 American Music Awards for her album “Rapture”

On this day in 1988, Anita Baker wins two impressive pieces of hardware during the 15th annual American Music Awards held in Los Angeles.

In the “Soul/R&B” category, she beats out Whitney Houston and Janet Jackson for “Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist.” In the “Favorite Soul/R&B Album” category, Baker’s Rapture collection wins over LL Cool J’s “Bigger & Deffer” and Luther Vandross’ “Give Me the Reason.”

“Rapture” will become Baker ’s signature compilation and will sell more than eight million units worldwide.

Ken Coleman

Ken Coleman, the author of On this Day: African-American Life in Detroit, is a native Detroiter and former news reporter. He served on the Detroit Charter Revision Commission. He lives in Detroit with his wife, Kim Trent, and their son, Jackson Coleman.