With nods in four categories, including outstanding female performer, Jennifer Lopez leads the list of music nominees for the 2002 American Latino Media Arts (ALMA) Awards. Honoring outstanding artist

With nods in four categories, including outstanding female performer, Jennifer Lopez leads the list of music nominees for the 2002 American Latino Media Arts (ALMA) Awards. Honoring outstanding artistic achievement and the enhancement of the Latino image in entertainment, the awards will be handed out during a May 18 ceremony at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium. The event will taped by ABC for a scheduled June 1 broadcast.

Lopez will also vie for outstanding performance in a music, variety or comedy special ("Jennifer Lopez in Concert: Let's Get Loud," NBC), album of the year ("J. Lo," Epic), and the 2002 ALMA "people's choice" award for outstanding music video ("Love Don't Cost a Thing").

For the outstanding female performer honor, Lopez will face stiff competition from Christina Aguilera and Shakira, each nominated for three awards, and Jaci Velasquez, who is nominated for two.

Other multiple nominees include Marc Anthony, Ricky Martin, Enrique Iglesias, Ozmatli, and La Ley, with three each. Nominated in two categories are Alejandro Fernandez, Paulina Rubio, Juanes, Fat Joe, and A.B. Quintanilla Y Los Kumbia Kings. One of Fernandez's nominations comes in the outstanding Spanish language performance in a TV special for his duet with Julio Iglesias during the Latin Billboard Awards.

ALMA Awards nominees are determined by the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), which selects Latino-themed performances in film, television, and music. Winners are chosen by ballots sent to members of the NCLR's nomination committees (composed of industry representatives from each field), as well as past award recipients and nominees.

For the full list of nominees in all categories, visit the official ALMA Awards Web site.

Here are the ALMA Awards music nominees:

Outstanding performance in a music, variety, or comedy special:
Christina Aguilera, "The 43rd Grammy Awards" (CBS)
Marc Anthony, "Christmas at Rockefeller Center" (NBC)
Mariah Carey, "A Tribute to Heroes" (various networks)
Los Lobos, "T'was the Night" (HBO)
Jennifer Lopez, "Jennifer Lopez in Concert: Let's Get Loud" (NBC)
Ricky Martin, "2001 Blockbuster Awards" (Fox)

Outstanding Spanish language performance in a TV special:
Alejandro Fernandez/Julio Iglesias, "Billboard Latin Awards" (Telemundo)
Paulina Rubio, "Premio Lo Nuestro" (Univision)
Juanes, "Noches De Carnaval" (Univision)
Lupillo Rivera, "Latin Rhythm Nights" (Telemundo)

Album of the year:
Enrique Iglesias, "Escape" (Interscope)
Jennifer Lopez, "J. Lo" (Epic)
Shakira, "Laundry Service" (Epic)
A.B. Quintanilla Y Los Kumbia Kings, "SHHH!" (EMI Latin)
Ozomatli, "Embrace the Chaos" (Interscope)
Fat Joe, "J.O.S.E." (Atlantic)

Spanish-language album of the year:
Marc Anthony, "Libre" (Sony Discos)
Alejandro Fernandez, "Origenes" (Sony Discos)
La Ley, "La Ley MTV Unplugged" (WEA Latina)
Luis Miguel, "Mis Romances" (WEA Latina)
Laura Pausini, "Lo Mejor de Laura Pausini - Volvere Junto a Ti" (WEA Latina)
Jaci Velasquez, "Mi Corazon" (Sony Discos)
Carlos Vives, "Dejame Entrar" (EMI Latin)

Outstanding music video (2002 ALMA people's choice award):
"El Ultimo Adios," various artists
"Love Don't Cost a Thing," Jennifer Lopez
"My Hero," Enrique Iglesias
"Nobody Wants To Be Lonely," Ricky Martin/Christina Aguilera
"Siempre," La Ley
"Whenever/Wherever," Shakira

Outstanding male performer:
Marc Anthony
Enrique Iglesias
Fat Joe
Ricky Martin

Outstanding female performer:
Christina Aguilera
Jennifer Lopez
Shakira
Jaci Velasquez

Breakthrough artist/group of the year:
Joy Enriquez
Juanes
Laura Pausini
Lupillo Rivera
Ozomatli
Paulina Rubio

Outstanding Latin group:
Intocable
La Ley
Los Tucanes De Tijuana
Ozomatli
A.B. Quintanilla Y Los Kumbia Kings
Son By Four

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