Ashanti leads American Music Awards nominees with five

— R&B; newcomer Ashanti, whose singles "Foolish" and "Happy" transformed the 22-year-old singer into a soul sensation this year, received a leading five American Music Award nominations Tuesday.

The songstress and her self-titled debut album were up for favorite album and new artist in the pop/rock category, and favorite female artist, album and new artist in the hip-hop/R&B; class.

Rap stars Eminem and Nelly, whose albums "The Eminem Show" and "Nellyville" competed throughout the summer for the top spot on the sales charts, had four nominations each.

The 20 awards will be presented during a ceremony at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Jan. 13, aired live on ABC.

The Osbourne family :quot; rock-star dad Ozzy, wife Sharon, and kids Kelly and Jack :quot; will be host to the event.

The nominations are based on sales figures and radio play.


  • Male Artist: Eminem, Enrique Iglesias, Nelly.
  • Female Artist: Sheryl Crow, Celine Dion, Pink.
  • Band, Duo or Group: Creed, Linkin Park, Nickelback.
  • Album: "Ashanti," Ashanti; "The Eminem Show," Eminem; "Nellyville," Nelly; "M!ssundaztood," Pink.
  • New Artist: Ashanti, Kelly Clarkson, Puddle of Mudd.


  • Male Artist: Eminem, Ja Rule, Nelly.
  • Female Artist: Ashanti, Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Lopez.
  • Band, Duo or Group: B2K, Nappy Roots, Outkast.
  • Album: "Ashanti," Ashanti; "The Eminem Show," Eminem; "Word Of Mouf," Ludacris; "Nellyville," Nelly.
  • New Artist: Ashanti, B2K, Nappy Roots.


  • Male Artist: Alan Jackson, Toby Keith, Tim McGraw.
  • Female Artist: Martina McBride, Jo Dee Messina, Lee Ann Womack.
  • Band, Duo or Group: Brooks & Dunn, Dixie Chicks, Lonestar.
  • Album: "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems," Kenny Chesney; "Home," Dixie Chicks; "Drive," Alan Jackson; "Unleashed," Toby Keith.
  • New Artist: Kellie Coffey, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Tommy Shane Steiner.

Adult Contemporary:

  • Artist: Vanessa Carlton, Celine Dion, Five For Fighting.

Latin Music:

  • Artist: Marc Anthony, Enrique Iglesias, Shakira.

Alternative Music:

  • Artist: Creed, Linkin Park, System of a Down.

Contemporary Inspirational:

  • Artist: Avalon, Jars Of Clay, P.O.D.


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