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Ashanti leads American Music Award nominees

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 singer 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.

Rappers 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, including favorite album and male artist in the pop and hip-hop categories.

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

The Osbourne family _ rock-star dad Ozzy, wife Sharon, and kids Kelly and Jack _ will host the event.

The nominations are based on sales figures and radio play. Winners are selected by a survey of about 20,000 listeners.

Pop/Rock:

+ 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.

Hip-Hop/R&B:

+ 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.

Country:

+ 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.

Soundtrack:

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

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