Usher received the most American Music Award nominations today, with a total of four nods: for favorite male artist and album in the pop/rock category, and for favorite artist and album in the soul/R&B category.
Rapper Kanye West came in second with three nominations for his solo debut, The College Dropout. West is up for favorite male rap/hip-hop artist, favorite rap/hip-hop album and best new artist.
OutKast, whose Speakerboxxx/The Love Below won album of the year at the Grammys, is pitted against West for favorite rap/hip-hop album. Usher has stiff competition as well — for both favorite soul/R&B album and artist — from this year’s unlikely comeback kid, Prince and American Idol winner Ruben Studdard.
The AMAs are based on sales figures and decided by a survey of some 20,000 listeners. The show, hosted by late-night’s Jimmy Kimmel, will air live from Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium on ABC on November 14th.
The complete list of 2004 American Music Awards nominees:
Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist
Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist
Favorite Pop/Rock Band, Duo or Group
Favorite Pop/Rock Album
Feels Like Home, Norah Jones
In This Skin, Jessica Simpson
Favorite Soul/Rhythm & Blues Male Artist
Favorite Soul/Rhythm & Blues Female Artist
Favorite Soul/Rhythm & Blues Album
The Diary of Alicia Keys, Alicia Keys
Favorite Country Male Artist
Favorite Country Female Artist
Favorite Country Band, Duo or Group
Brooks and Dunn
Favorite Country Album
When The Sun Goes Down, Kenny Chesney
Shock’n Y’All, Toby Keith
Martina, Martina McBride
Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Male Artist
Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Band, Duo or Group
Ying Yang Twins
Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album
The Black Album, Jay-Z
Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, OutKast
The College Dropout, Kanye West
Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist
Harry Connick, Jr.
Favorite Latin Music Artist
Favorite Alternative Music Artist
Favorite Contemporary Inspirational Artist
Steven Curtis Chapman
Favorite New Artist