(9/16/03, 4 p.m. ET) -- Nominees for this year's American Music Awards were announced Tuesday (September 16) at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles. There is no clear front-runner for this year's awards, with many artists getting two nominations each Tuesday. Among the artists with two nominations are Norah Jones, Beyonce, Sean Paul, Ashanti, R. Kelly, Luther Vandross, Shania Twain, Eminem, 50 Cent, Celine Dion and Justin Timberlake.
The awards will be presented during a three-hour special on the ABC-TV on Sunday (November 16) at 8 p.m. The ceremony will take place at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles and will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.
At the nominations announcement, executive producer Dick Clark gave a preview of who will be performing at this year's awards, while keeping some names a secret. "We have probably 18-plus performances on the show this year," Clark said. "Britney Spears, Alan Jackson, Ashanti, Metallica, Hilary Duff, and the rest will be dribbled out piecemeal to you, but--they're already booked."
Macy Gray and Jimmy Kimmel were both on hand to announce this year's nominees, joking their way through the list:
Gray: "For favorite band, duo or group, the nominees are: B2K, Dru Hill, and the Isley Brothers."
Kimmel: "The Isley Brothers? Dick's still paying off those old payola debts, right?"
Gray and Kimmel joked about the pop/rock nominees:
Gray: "In the pop/ rock category, predominately white people, the nominees for favorite male artist are: Clay Aiken."
Kimmel: "He's white."
Gray: "Kid Rock."
Gray: "John Mayer."
Kimmel: "He might even be an albino, I'm not sure."
Gray: "And Justin Timberlake."
Kimmel: "We're not sure about him."
Nominations for the 2003 American Music Awards:
FAVORITE MALE ARTIST - POP OR ROCK 'N ROLL
FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST - POP OR ROCK 'N ROLL
FAVORITE BAND, DUO OR GROUP - POP OR ROCK 'N ROLL
3 Doors Down
FAVORITE ALBUM - POP OR ROCK 'N ROLL
Fallen - Evanescence
Come Away With Me - Norah Jones
Cocky - Kid Rock
Justified - Justin Timberlake
FAVORITE MALE ARTISTS - COUNTRY
Kenny ChesneyAlan Jackson
FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST - COUNTRY
FAVORITE BAND, DUO OR GROUP - COUNTRY
Brooks & Dunn
FAVORITE ALBUM - COUNTRY
Unleashed - Toby Keith
Tim McGraw And The Dancehall Doctors - Tim McGraw
Melt - Rascal Flatts
Up! - Shania Twain
FAVORITE MALE ARTIST - HIP-HOP/RHYTHM & BLUES
FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST - HIP-HOP/RHYTHM & BLUES
FAVORITE BAND, DUO OR GROUP - HIP-HOP/RHYTHM & BLUES
The Isley Brothers
FAVORITE ALBUM - HIP-HOP/RHYTHM AND BLUES
Chapter II - Ashanti
Dangerously In Love - Beyonce
Chocolate Factory - R. Kelly
Dance With My Father - Luther Vandross
FAVORITE MALE ARTIST - RAP/HIP-HOP
FAVORITE FEMALE ARTISTS - RAP/HIP-HOP
FAVORITE BAND, DUO OR GROUP - RAP/HIP-HOP
Black Eyed Peas
Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz
FAVORITE ALBUM - RAP/HIP-HOP
Under Construction - Missy Elliott
Get Rich Or Die Tryin' - 50 Cent
Dutty Rock - Sean Paul
8 Mile -Soundtrack
FAVORITE ARTIST - ALTERNATIVE
FAVORITE ARTIST - ADULT CONTEMPORARY
FAVORITE ARTIST - LATIN
FAVORITE ARTIST - CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL
Steven Curtis Chapman
COCA-COLA NEW MUSIC AWARD
Elcodrive (Boston, MA)
Mere (Hoboken, NJ)
Relax To Paris (Sherman Oaks, CA)
Coldplay better win for best alternative group.....the others are so far from their talent and musical quality!!!