Ashanti leads American Music Awards nominees with five

Wednesday, November 20, 2002

— 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.

Pop/Rock:

Hip-Hop/R&B:

Country:

Adult Contemporary:

Latin Music:

Alternative Music:

Contemporary Inspirational:

Soundtrack:

"Lilo & Stitch," "The Scorpion King," "Spider-Man"