Mix of musicians nominated for American Music Awards

— Veteran performers, including Fleetwood Mac, Celine Dion and Cher, mixed with youngsters Beyonce and Avril Lavigne on the list of nominees for the 31st annual American Music Awards.

Dion received two nominations Tuesday, for favorite female pop-rock artist and favorite adult contemporary artist, where she's up against Cher and Norah Jones.

Jones, whose folksy, sensuous voice earned her five Grammys earlier this year, also is vying for favorite pop-rock album for her platinum debut "Come Away With Me."

No clear favorites emerged Tuesday, with two nominations each going to R. Kelly, Luther Vandross, Ashanti and Beyonce in the soul-R&B; category, Shania Twain in the country category, and Sean Paul and Missy Elliott in the rap-hip hop category.

The 20 awards will be presented during a Nov. 16 ceremony at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, aired on ABC. Talk show host Jimmy Kimmel is the emcee.

The nominees:


  • Male Artist: Clay Aiken, Kid Rock, John Mayer, Justin Timberlake.
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    The nominations for the 31st annual American Music Awards are announced by, from left, this year's host, Jimmy Kimmel; Dick Clark, executive producer of the TV special, and singer Macy Gray in Beverly Hills, Calif. The nominees were announced Tuesday; the show will air Nov. 16.

  • Female Artist: Celine Dion, Avril Lavigne, Jennifer Lopez.
  • Band, Duo or Group: Fleetwood Mac, matchbox twenty, 3 Doors Down.
  • Album: "Fallen," Evanescence; "Come Away With Me," Norah Jones; "Cocky," Kid Rock; "Justified," Justin Timberlake.


  • Male Artist: Ginuwine, Jaheim, R. Kelly, Luther Vandross.
  • Female Artist: Aaliyah, Ashanti, Beyonce.
  • Band, Duo or Group: B2K, Dru Hill, The Isley Brothers.
  • Album: "Chapter II," Ashanti; "Dangerously In Love," Beyonce; "Chocolate Factory," R. Kelly; "Dance With My Father," Luther Vandross.


  • Male Artist: Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith, Tim McGraw.
  • Female Artist: Faith Hill, Martina McBride, Shania Twain.
  • Band, Duo or Group: Alabama, Brooks & Dunn, Dixie Chicks.
  • Album: "Unleashed," Toby Keith; "Tim McGraw & The Dancehall Doctors," Tim McGraw; "Melt," Rascal Flatts; "Up!" Shania Twain.

Rap-Hip Hop:

  • Male Artist: Eminem, 50 Cent, Nelly, Sean Paul.
  • Female Artist: Missy Elliott, Eve, Lil' Kim.
  • Band, Duo or Group: Black Eyed Peas, Bone Crusher, Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz.
  • Album: "Under Construction," Missy Elliott; "Get Rich Or Die Tryin,"' 50 Cent; "Dutty Rock," Sean Paul; "8 Mile," Soundtrack.

Adult Contemporary:

  • Artist: Cher, Celine Dion, Norah Jones.

Latin Music:

  • Artist: Kumbia Kings, Ricky Martin, Luis Miguel.

Alternative Music:

  • Artist: Coldplay, Linkin Park, Metallica.

Contemporary Inspirational:

  • Artist: Steven Curtis Chapman, MercyMe, Third Day.


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