BEVERLY HILLS, California Alicia Keys leads the list of contenders for the 29th annual American Music Awards, with her five nominations besting 'NSYNC, Aaliyah and Destiny's Child, who are among 10 artists with two nods apiece.
Sean "P. Diddy" Combs and Jewel announced the nominees Tuesday morning (November 13) at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Other artists with two nominations are Janet
Jackson, R. Kelly, Shaggy, Dave Matthews Band, Tim McGraw, Lonestar and
Brooks & Dunn.
Keys, who will present an award at the ceremony January 9 at the Shrine
Auditorium in Los Angeles, is nominated for Favorite Female Artist and
Favorite New Artist in both the Pop/Rock and Soul/R&B categories, along with
Favorite Soul/R&B Album for Songs in A Minor.
"Alicia is great. She deserves it," Jewel said after announcing Keys'
nominations. "It's nice to see people who write their own stuff doing well.
When I won a [Best New Artist] AMA it was really fun, because it's fan-nominated. That's a great thing. It makes you feel like you are connecting with people."
The American Music Awards, whose nominees and winners are determined by fan
voting, tend to recognize more commercially successful artists than the
Grammys. Last year's winners included Creed, Kid Rock and Toni Braxton.
Combs will host this year's ceremony, which will feature performances from
Kid Rock, Cher, Shaggy and Brooks & Dunn.
Ja Rule and Ludacris have been announced as presenters, while Dick Clark,
the producer of the awards, said Tuesday that Garth Brooks, Redman and
Method Man will also be involved, along with more artists who will be
announced at a later date.
For the first time this year, the American Music Awards will present the
Coca-Cola New Music Award to an unsigned band, which will get to perform at
the awards show. The entries in that category, which has been narrowed from
50, are Denver's Yo, Flaco!, New York's Live Honey and Richmond,
Virginia's Carbon Leaf.
"It's not like playing the local Howard Johnson's. They will be seen by
several million people," Clark said.
The award show will be broadcast live on ABC, except on the West Coast,
where it will be tape-delayed.
American Music Awards nominees:
- Favorite Male Artist - Pop/Rock
- Favorite Female Artist - Pop/Rock
- Favorite Band, Duo or Group - Pop/Rock
Dave Matthews Band
- Favorite Album - Pop/Rock
Dave Matthews Band - Everyday
Destiny's Child - Survivor
'NSYNC - Celebrity
- Favorite New Artist - Pop/Rock
- Favorite Male Artist - Soul/R&B
- Favorite Female Artist - Soul/R&B
Mary J. Blige
- Favorite Band, Duo or Group - Soul/R&B
The Isley Brothers, featuring Ronald Isley, a.k.a. Mr. Biggs
- Favorite Album - Soul/R&B
Aaliyah - Aaliyah
Janet Jackson - All for You
Alicia Keys - Songs in A Minor
- Favorite New Artist - Soul/R&B
- Favorite Artist - Rap/Hip-Hop
- Favorite Artist - Alternative
- Favorite Artist - Adult Contemporary
- Favorite Artist - Latin Music
- Favorite Soundtrack
American Pie 2
Save the Last Dance
For a full list of the nominees, go to the American Music Awards Web site.