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Rapper Kanyé West Leads AMA Nominees List

Posted in News on September 14, 2004
Rapper/producer Kanyé West leads the list of BMI nominees for the 32nd annual American Music Awards, which were revealed on September 14. West, who was named a Top Ten producer at the recent BMI Urban Awards, earned three AMA nominations, including two in the rap/hip-hop category for Favorite Male Artist and Favorite Album (The College Dropout), and one for the cross-genre award as Favorite New Artist.

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Also crossing genres were double nominees Sheryl Crow, up for Favorite Artist in both the pop/rock and adult contemporary fields, and Norah Jones, who will compete with Crow for Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist, while her sophomore release Feels Like Home got a bid for Favorite Pop/Rock Album.

Toby KeithMartina McBrideJosh Groban

Country superstar Toby Keith also received two mentions, earning the Favorite Male Artist nod for the second year in a row. His triple platinum smash, Shock'n Y'All, is up for Favorite Country Album, which he won last year for Unleashed. Keith faces fellow BMI country artist Martina McBride, herself a double AMA nominee, in the favorite album category; she is also vying for the Favorite Female Country Artist crown.

Nominations for the American Music Awards are based on sales figures and radio play, and winners are selected by a survey of about 20,000 listeners. The 2004 American Music Awards will take place on November 14 in Los Angeles.

Harry Connick, Jr.Maroon 5

BMI's 2004 American Music Award nominees:

POP/ROCK
Favorite Male Artist
Josh Groban

Favorite Female Artist
Sheryl Crow

Favorite Band, Duo or Group
Evanescence
Nickelback

R. Kelly Evanescence

Favorite Album
Feels Like Home
Norah Jones

SOUL/R&B
Favorite Male Artist
R. Kelly

Favorite Female Artist
Janet Jackson

Tim McGrawNickelback

COUNTRY
Favorite Male Artist
Toby Keith
Tim McGraw

Favorite Female Artist
Martina McBride

Favorite Band, Duo or Group
Brooks & Dunn
Lonestar
Rascal Flatts

Favorite Album
Shock'n Y'All
Toby Keith
Martina
Martina McBride

RAP/HIP-HOP
Favorite Male Artist
Juvenile
Lil' Flip
Kanyé West

Favorite Album
The College Dropout
Kanyé West

ALTERNATIVE
Favorite Artist
Linkin Park

ADULT CONTEMPORARY
Favorite Artist
Harry Connick, Jr.
Sheryl Crow
Norah Jones

LATIN
Favorite Artist
Intocable

CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL
Favorite Artist
Steven Curtis Chapman

BREAKTHROUGH/FAVORITE NEW ARTIST (all genres)
Maroon 5
Kanyé West