Kid Rock, Justin Timberlake, Shania Twain, Luther Vandross, Celine Dion, Toby Keith, Tim McGraw, Missy Elliott and Sean Paul are among the artists receiving multiple nominations for the American Music Awards (AMAs).
“American Idol” second-season runner-up Clay Aiken also received his first awards show nod, with a nomination for favorite pop/rock male artist.
The AMAs, which present 20 awards in eight musical genres, will be held Nov. 16 at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles and televised live on ABC. Jimmy Kimmel will host the three-hour show.
Winners are selected by a poll of 20,000 music fans.
There are actually two AMA ceremonies this year. Normally held in January, the show decided to move its proceedings from January to November. The switch came, in part, because the Grammy Awards moved its ceremony from late February to early February in order not to compete with the Academy Awards, which move next year from late March to late February.
Sources told Billboard in April that the move to November and to a Sunday was in the works before the Grammy shuffle.
“ABC has wanted the AMAs to move back to November so the show could air during sweeps, but the problem was always ‘Monday Night Football,’ ” the source says. “And there was no way the show could air during the February sweeps period because of the Grammys.”
To accommodate the new timetable, for this year only, the eligibility period for projects was shortened to a 10-month cycle.