Alicia Keys Leads List Of American Music Awards Nominees

'NSYNC, Aaliyah, Destiny's Child among artists with multiple nods.

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

    Lenny Kravitz

    R. Kelly


  • Favorite Female Artist - Pop/Rock

    Janet Jackson

    Alicia Keys

    Jennifer Lopez

  • 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

    Nelly Furtado

    Alicia Keys


  • Favorite Male Artist - Soul/R&B


    R. Kelly

    Luther Vandross

  • Favorite Female Artist - Soul/R&B


    Mary J. Blige

    Alicia Keys

  • Favorite Band, Duo or Group - Soul/R&B

    Destiny's Child

    The Isley Brothers, featuring Ronald Isley, a.k.a. Mr. Biggs

    Jagged Edge

  • Favorite Album - Soul/R&B

    Aaliyah - Aaliyah

    Janet Jackson - All for You

    Alicia Keys - Songs in A Minor

  • Favorite New Artist - Soul/R&B

    Blu Cantrell

    Alicia Keys

    Musiq Soulchild

  • Favorite Artist - Rap/Hip-Hop


    Ja Rule


  • Favorite Artist - Alternative

    Limp Bizkit

    Linkin Park


  • Favorite Artist - Adult Contemporary


    LeAnn Rimes


  • Favorite Artist - Latin Music

    Enrique Iglesias


    Jaci Velasquez

  • Favorite Soundtrack

    American Pie 2

    Moulin Rouge

    Save the Last Dance

For a full list of the nominees, go to the American Music Awards Web site.