Alicia Keys leads the pack this year in American Music Award nominations with four – including Artist of the Year and Favorite Soul/R&B Album for her latest CD “As I Am.”
Lil Wayne’s successful 2008 run – fueled by his hit album “Tha Carter III” – culminated in three nods, including Artist of the Year and Favorite Male Artist-Rap/Hip-Hop.
Kanye West, Mary J. Blige, Chris Brown, Flo Rida and Usher each picked up two nominations apiece, while Mariah Carey’s “E=MC2” earned a nod for Favorite Soul/R&B Album.
The American Music Awards will present 20 trophies in pop/rock, country, soul/rhythm & blues and rap/hip-hop, Latin, alternative, contemporary inspirational and adult contemporary. The awards will be presented in Los Angeles on Nov. 23.
Other nominees from the various Hip Hop, Rap and R&B categories are listed below:
Artist of the Year:
Coldplay, Eagles, Alicia Keys, Lil Wayne
Favorite Male Artist-Rap/Hip-Hop:
Flo Rida, Lil Wayne, Kanye West
Jay-Z: American Gangster, Lil Wayne: Tha Carter III, Kanye West: Graduation
Favorite Band, Duo or Group-Rap/Hip-Hop:
G-Unit, Three 6 Mafia, Wu-Tang Clan
T-Mobile Breakthrough Artist:
Colbie Caillat, The Dream, Flo Rida, Jonas Brothers, Paramore,
Favorite Female Artist-Pop/Rock:
Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, Rihanna
Favorite Female Artist-Soul/R&B:
Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys, Rihanna
Mary J. Blige: Growing Pains, Mariah Carey: E=MC2, Alicia Keys: As I Am
Favorite Male Artist-Pop/Rock:
Chris Brown, Kid Rock, Usher
Favorite Male Artist-Soul/R&B:
Chris Brown, J. Holiday, Usher