Britney Spears, Whitney Houston, Shania Twain Lead American Music Awards Nominations

The nominations for the 27th annual American Music Awards were announced on Monday, and Britney Spears, Whitney Houston, and Shania Twain are all tied for the most nominations, with each receiving three nods apiece.

Other multiple nominees for American Music Awards show, which is being held next month at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, include Lauryn Hill, the Backstreet Boys, TLC, Ricky Martin, Kid Rock, Jennifer Lopez, Santana, Garth Brooks, Dixie Chicks, and George Strait.

The American Music Awards ceremony will also include the presentation of the annual Award of Merit, given to an as-yet-named artist for a lifetime of achievement in music. Past recipients of the Award of Merit include Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, and Frank Sinatra.

The ABC network will broadcast the 27th annual American Music Awards on January 17 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. (ET).

Nominees for the 27th annual American Music Awards:

Favorite Female Pop/Rock Artist:

  • Whitney Houston
  • Britney Spears
  • Shania Twain
Favorite Male Pop/Rock Artist:
  • Lenny Kravitz
  • Ricky Martin
  • Will Smith
Favorite Pop/Rock Band, Duo or Group:
  • Backstreet Boys
  • 'N SYNC
  • Santana
Favorite Pop/Rock Album:
  • "Millennium" - Backstreet Boys
  • "... Baby One More Time" - Britney Spears
  • "Supernatural" - Santana
Favorite New Pop/Rock Artist:
  • Kid Rock
  • Jennifer Lopez
  • Britney Spears
Favorite Male Soul/R&B Artist:
  • Busta Rhymes
  • Ginuwine
  • R. Kelly
Favorite Female Soul/R&B Artist:
  • Brandy
  • Lauryn Hill
  • Whitney Houston
Favorite Soul/R&B Band, Duo or Group:
  • Dru Hill
  • K-Ci & JoJo
  • TLC
Favorite Soul/R&B Album:
  • "The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill" - Lauryn Hill
  • "My Love Is Your Love" - Whitney Houston
  • "Fanmail" - TLC
Favorite New Soul/R&B Artist:

  • Eve
  • 702
  • Tyrese
Favorite Alternative Artist:
  • Kid Rock
  • Limp Bizkit
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers
Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist:
  • DMX
  • Jay-Z
  • Juvenile
Favorite Latin Artist:
  • Enrique Iglesias
  • Jennifer Lopez
  • Ricky Martin
Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist:
  • Cher
  • Phil Collins
  • Shania Twain
Favorite Soundtrack Album:
  • "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me"
  • "Runaway Bride"
  • "Wild Wild West"
Favorite Male Country Artist:
  • Garth Brooks
  • Tim McGraw
  • George Strait
Favorite Female Country Artist:
  • Faith Hill
  • Martina McBride
  • Shania Twain
Favorite Country Band, Duo or Group:
  • Brooks & Dunn
  • Diamond Rio
  • Dixie Chicks
Favorite Country Album:
  • "Double Live" - Garth Brooks
  • "Fly" - Dixie Chicks
  • "Always Never The Same" - George Strait

Favorite New Country Artist:
  • Sarah Evans
  • Montgomery Gentry
  • Shedaisy

-- David Basham