Hope you're not sick of Usher's ''Yeah!'' yet; the R&B crooner may be singing it on TV awards shows from now until the Grammys five months from now. Usher led the pack among nominees for this year's American Music Awards, which announced its list of hopefuls on Tuesday. He has four nominations, including two for his top-selling album Confessions. Following behind him are OutKast and rapper-producer Kanye West, with three nods apiece.
There were a lot of familiar names on the list, including such recent nominees as Beyoncé, Linkin Park, Avril Lavigne, R. Kelly, and Norah Jones. In fact, two categories, Favorite Male Country Artist and Favorite Contemporary Inspirational Artist, feature the exact same nominees as last year.
Unlike the Grammys, which are picked by industry insiders, the AMAs are based entirely on fan popularity. The nominees are selected according to sales figures and radio airplay; that's why there are no nominees this year for Favorite Female Rap/Hip-Hop Artist or Favorite R&B Band, Duo, or Group. (Show producer Paul Shefrin tells EW.com that not enough female rappers or R&B groups met sales and airplay thresholds this year to fill out those categories.) Winners are chosen by a poll of 20,000 music fans. Eligibility is from July 2003 to June 2004, which is why Grammy laureates OutKast may take home even more trophies for their already much-honored Speakerboxxx/The Love Below.
For the second year in a row, ABC late-night comic Jimmy Kimmel will emcee the show. Also for a second year, the show will take place during November sweeps, having moved out of the way of the Grammys, the Oscars, and all the other January and February awards shows. ABC will broadcast the show live on Nov. 14 from Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium. A complete list of nominees is below.
Band, Duo, or Group
Norah Jones, Feels Like Home
Jessica Simpson, In This Skin
Alicia Keys, The Diary of Alicia Keys
Band, Duo, or Group
Brooks & Dunn
Kenny Chesney, When the Sun Goes Down
Toby Keith, Shock'N Y'All
Martina McBride, Martina McBride
Band, Duo or Group
Ying Yang Twins
Jay-Z, The Black Album
OutKast, Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
Kanye West, The College Dropout
Harry Connick, Jr.
Steven Curtis Chapman