Usher, OutKast, Kanye Lead AMA Nominees
With four nominations, R&B hitmaker Usher tops the list of contenders for the 32nd annual American Music Awards. Superstar rap duo OutKast and hip-hop newcomer Kanye West garnered three nominationWith four nominations, R&B hitmaker Usher tops the list of contenders for the 32nd annual American Music Awards. Superstar rap duo OutKast and hip-hop newcomer Kanye West garnered three nominations apiece. The awards will be presented Nov. 14 at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium, in a ceremony to be aired live on ABC and hosted by comedian Jimmy Kimmel.
Nineteen AMAs will be handed out in eight genre-based categories -- pop/rock, country, soul/R&B, rap/hip-hop, adult contemporary, latin, contemporary inspirational and alternative music. Winners are determined by a national survey of 20,000 music listeners.
Usher will contend for favorite male artist and favorite album ("Confessions," Arista) in both the pop/rock and soul/R&B categories. OutKast is up for favorite band, duo or group in the pop/rock and rap/hip-hop categories, as well as favorite album in the latter ("Speakerboxxx/The Love Below," Arista).
Norah Jones is the only other artist to cross genre boundaries, as she vies for favorite adult contemporary artist, while her sophomore album "Feels Like Home" (Blue Note) is up for favorite pop/rock album.
West is nominated for favorite rap/hip-hop male artist and album ("The College Dropout," Roc-a-fella/Def Jam), as well as the cross-category favorite new artist award.
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