Usher, Outkast, Kanye Top American Music Awards Nominees

Jessica Simpson, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys also scored multiple nods.

Exclamations left their mark on this year's American Music Awards nominations. "Yeah!" heartthrob Usher leads the pack with four nods, while "Hey Ya!" duo Outkast follow with three.

Kanye West is also up for a trio of trophies, while Jessica Simpson, Norah Jones, Prince, Alicia Keys and Jay-Z each earned two nominations apiece. Nominees for the November 14 show were announced on Tuesday by Dick Clark, Kelly Clarkson and Nick Lachey. Last year's host, Jimmy Kimmel, will return for this year's presentation, which will be broadcast live on ABC from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

The main awards are divided into four categories — Pop/Rock, Soul/R&B, Rap/Hip-Hop and Country — with awards given for Favorite Male Artist, Favorite Female Artist, Favorite Album and Favorite Band, Duo or Group. Single awards are given for Favorite Artist in Alternative Music, Latin Music, Adult Contemporary and Contemporary Inspirational.

Nominees were compiled from data supplied by the trade publication Radio & Records as well as album-sales trackers SoundScan, and winners will be selected via polls conducted by National Family Opinion Inc.

Last year's Pop/Rock winners included Kid Rock, who won for Favorite Male Artist; Jennifer Lopez, who was awarded Favorite Female Artist; and Justin Timberlake's Justified, which garnered the Favorite Album honor. In Rap/Hip-Hop, 50 Cent won for Favorite Male Artist while Missy Elliott took home the award for Favorite Female Artist.

Nominees for the 32nd annual American Music Awards:


  • Favorite Male Artist: Josh Groban, Lenny Kravitz, Michael McDonald, Usher

  • Favorite Female Artist: Sheryl Crow, Avril Lavigne, Jessica Simpson

  • Favorite Band, Duo or Group: Evanescence, Nickelback, Outkast

  • Favorite Album: Norah Jones' Feels Like Home, Jessica Simpson's In This Skin, Usher's Confessions

Soul/Rhythm & Blues:

  • Favorite Male Artist: R. Kelly, Prince, Ruben Studdard, Usher

  • Favorite Female Artist: Beyoncé, Janet Jackson, Alicia Keys

  • Favorite Album: Alicia Keys' The Diary of Alicia Keys, Prince's Musicology, Usher's Confessions


  • Favorite Male Artist: Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith, Tim McGraw

  • Favorite Female Artist: Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Gretchen Wilson

  • Favorite Band, Duo or Group: Brooks & Dunn, Lonestar, Rascal Flatts

  • Favorite Album: Kenny Chesney's When the Sun Goes Down, Toby Keith's Shock'n Y'all, Martina McBride's Martina


  • Favorite Male Artist: Jay-Z, Juvenille, Lil' Flip, Kanye West

  • Favorite Band, Duo or Group: G-Unit, Outkast, Ying Yang Twins

  • Favorite Album: Jay-Z's The Black Album, Outkast's Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, Kanye West's The College Dropout

Adult Contemporary:

  • Favorite Artist: Harry Connick Jr., Sheryl Crow, Norah Jones

Latin Music:

  • Favorite Artist: Marc Anthony, Intocable, Paulina Rubio

Alternative Music:

  • Favorite Artist: Incubus, Jet, Linkin Park


  • Favorite New Artist (All Genres): Maroon 5, Kanye West, Gretchen Wilson

For a complete list of nominees, visit the American Music Awards Web site.