R&B newcomer Alicia Keys, who won commercial and critical acclaim with her J Records debut album "Songs in A Minor," received a leading five American Music Awards nominations, it was announced tod

R&B newcomer Alicia Keys, who won commercial and critical acclaim with her J Records debut album "Songs in A Minor," received a leading five American Music Awards nominations, it was announced today (Nov. 13). The artist received nominations in both the pop and R&B categories for favorite female artist and favorite new artist.

"Songs in A Minor" was nominated in the R&B album category alongside Janet Jackson's "All for You" and Aaliyah's self-titled album, both of which were released by Virgin. Aaliyah, who died in an Aug. 25 plane crash, also was nominated for favorite female R&B artist. Mary J. Blige received the third bid in the category.

Keys faces Jackson and Jennifer Lopez for the top pop female artist award.

Other multiple nominees included Brooks & Dunn, Destiny's Child, Dave Matthews Band, Lonestar, R. Kelly, Tim McGraw, 'N Sync and Shaggy.

The nominees for the 29th annual awards were announced by Jewel and Sean "P. Diddy" Combs. The three-hour ceremony will be broadcast live by ABC-TV on Jan. 9 from Los Angeles.

Gospel and contemporary Christian music got their own category this year with Yolanda Adams, Steven Curtis Chapman, and Donnie McClurkin getting the first nominations for contemporary inspirational artist.

Nominees are compiled from music industry publications and the results are revealed at the ceremony. Winners are selected by a national sampling of about 20,000 listeners. For more information, visit the event's official Web site.

Here are the nominees for the 2001 American Music Awards:

Pop/Rock:

Male artist: Lenny Kravitz, R. Kelly, Shaggy
Female artist: Janet Jackson, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Lopez
Band, duo, or group: Dave Matthews Band, 'N Sync, U2
Album: "Everyday," Dave Matthews Band (RCA); "Survivor," Destiny's Child (Columbia); "Celebrity," 'N Sync (Jive)
New artist: Nelly Furtado, Alicia Keys, Lifehouse

Soul/Rhythm & Blues:

Male artist: Ginuwine, R. Kelly, Luther Vandross
Female artist: Aaliyah, Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys
Band, duo, or group: Destiny's Child, The Isley Brothers featuring Ronald Isley aka Mr. Biggs, Jagged Edge
Album: "Aaliyah," Aaliyah (Virgin); "All for You," Janet Jackson (Virgin); "Songs in A Minor," Alicia Keys (J)
New artist: Blu Cantrell, Alicia Keys, Musiq Soulchild

Country:

Male artist: Toby Keith, Tim McGraw, Travis Tritt
Female artist: Sara Evans, Faith Hill, Jo Dee Messina
Band, duo, or group: Brooks & Dunn, Lonestar, SHeDaisy
Album: "Steers & Stripes," Brooks & Dunn (Arista); "I'm Already There," Lonestar (BNA); "Set This Circus Down," Tim McGraw (Curb)
New artist: Jamie O'Neal, Blake Shelton, Trick Pony

Adult Contemporary:

Artist: Enya, LeAnn Rimes, Sade

Latin:

Artist: Enrique Iglesias, Shakira, Jaci Velasquez

Rap/Hip-hop:

Artist: Nelly, Ja Rule, Shaggy

Alternative music:

Artist: Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, Staind

Contemporary Inspirational:

Artist: Yolanda Adams, Steven Curtis Chapman, Donnie McClurkin

Soundtrack:

"American Pie 2" (Universal); "Moulin Rouge" (Interscope); "Save the Last Dance" (Hollywood)


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