Alicia Keys Leads AMA Nominees

Keys gathers five nominations; R. Kelly, DMB among other multiple nominees

November 14, 2001 12:00 AM ET

What has been a breakthrough year for Alicia Keys just keeps getting better: Keys earned five 2002 American Music Award nominations, including Favorite Female Artist and Favorite New Artist in both the Pop/Rock and Soul/R&B categories.

Keys' critically acclaimed, triple-platinum-selling Songs in A Minor also garnered a nomination for Favorite Soul/R&B Album. It will compete in that category against Aaliyah's posthumous self-titled release and Janet Jackson's All for You.

R. Kelly and Shaggy joined Keys as the only artists to be nominated in more than one genre. Meanwhile, the Dave Matthews Band's electric album, Everyday, earned the band two nominations in the Pop/Rock group of categories.

New this year are two awards, the Favorite Contemporary Inspirational Artist and the Coca Cola Favorite New Artist Award. The three unsigned finalist for the latter -- Carbon Leaf, Yo, Flaco! and Live Honey -- will face off for the chance to play at the awards show.

The 2002 American Music Awards, hosted by Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, will air live on ABC January 9th, at 8 P.M. ET.

The complete list of nominees is as follows:

Favorite Male Artist: Pop or Rock & Roll Music
Lenny Kravitz
R. Kelly

Favorite Female Artist: Pop or Rock & Roll Music
Janet Jackson
Alicia Keys
Jennifer Lopez

Favorite Band, Duo or Group: Pop or Rock & Roll Music
Dave Matthews Band

Favorite Album: Pop or Rock & Roll Music
Dave Matthews Band, Everyday
Destiny's Child, Survivor
*Nsync, Celebrity

Favorite New Artist: Pop or Rock & Roll Music
Nelly Furtado
Alicia Keys

Favorite Male Artist: Soul / Rhythm & Blues Music
R. Kelly
Luther Vandross

Favorite Female Artist: Soul / Rhythm & Blues Music
Mary J. Blige
Alicia Keys

Favorite Band, Duo or Group: Soul / Rhythm & Blues Music
Destiny's Child
The Isley Brothers, featuring Ronald Isley, a.k.a. Mr. Biggs
Jagged Edge

Favorite Album: Soul / Rhythm & Blues Music
Aaliyah, Aaliyah
Janet Jackson, All For You
Alicia Keys, Songs in A Minor

Favorite New Artist: Soul / Rhythm & Blues Music
Blu Cantrell
Alicia Keys
Musiq Soulchild

Favorite Male Artist: Country Music
Toby Keith
Tim McGraw
Travis Tritt

Favorite Female Artist: Country Music
Sara Evans
Faith Hill
JoDee Messina

Favorite Band, Duo or Group: Country Music
Brooks & Dunn

Favorite Album: Country Music
Brooks & Dunn, Steers & Stripes
Lonestar , I'm Already There
Tim McGraw, Set This Circus Down

Favorite New Artist: Country Music
Jamie O'Neal
Blake Shelton
Trick Pony

Favorite Artist: Rap / Hip-Hop Music
Ja Rule

Favorite Artist: Alternative Music
Limp Bizkit
Linkin Park

Favorite Artist: Adult Contemporary Music
LeAnn Rimes

Favorite Artist: Latin Music
Enrique Iglesias
Jaci Velasquez

Favorite Artist: Contemporary Inspirational Music
Yolanda Adams
Steven Curtis Chapman
Donnie McClurkin

Favorite Soundtrack
American Pie 2
Moulin Rouge
Save The Last Dance

Coca-Cola New Music Award
Carbon Leaf
Live Honey
Yo, Flaco!

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