With four nominations, the top-selling R&B artist is the frontrunner for the 32nd AMAs

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated September 14, 2004 03:00 PM

Top-selling R&B artist Usher led the field Tuesday for the 32nd annual American Music Awards, as his multiplatinum Confessions earned him four nominations, including favorite male artist and favorite album in both the pop/rock and soul/R&B categories.

Triple nominations went to both Grammy-winning rap duo OutKast and to newcomer Kanye West, while 10 artists each nabbed two nods, including Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Norah Jones, Jessica Simpson, Prince, Toby Keith and Sheryl Crow.

The 32nd annual AMA ceremony will air on ABC live Nov. 14 at 8 p.m. ET from L.A.’s Shrine Auditorium. Jimmy Kimmel will host for the second year running.

Winners are determined by a national poll of 20,000 people, with nominees drawn from retail sales and radio airplay data.

Usher’s album, Confessions, has sold some 5.5 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and generated three No. 1 singles. In the pop/rock category, his album is nominated alongside Norah Jones’s Feels Like Home and Jessica Simpson’s In This Skin, while his soul/R&B competition will be Alicia Keys’s The Diary of Alicia Keys and Prince’s Musicology.

OutKast’s Andre 3000 and Big Boi were nominated for favorite group in both the pop/rock and rap/hip-hop categories. They’re also up for favorite album for their two-disc Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, which has already sold 5.3 million copies and in February took the Grammy for album of the year.

West, whose debut The College Dropout, has sold 2.2 million copies to date, is up for favorite male artist (rap/hip-hop), and favorite new artist.