Garth Brooks and Billy Ray Cyrus are the leading nominees for the annual National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers Best Seller Awards, which will be presented at the org’s 35th annual convention March 6-9 in Orlando, Fla.

Best Seller Award nominees are voted on by NARM regular members (retailers and wholesalers) and are based on actual over-the-counter sales of all recorded music configurations for the calendar year 1992. Ballots will be tabulated by the accounting firm of Rudolph, Palitz.

Brooks had seven nominations and Cyrus had five tabs, both including best-selling recording of the year.

The complete list of nominees:

Single of the year –”Achy Breaky Heart,” Billy Ray Cyrus; “Baby Got Back,” Sir Mix-A-Lot; “End of the Road,” Boyz II Men; “I Will Always Love You,” Whitney Houston; “Jump,” Kris Kross.

Movie or TV soundtrack recording –”Beauty and the Beast”; “The Bodyguard”; “Boomerang”; “Singles”; “Wayne’s World.”

Original cast recording –”Les Miserables”; “Phantom of the Opera”; “Phantom of the Opera Highlights.”

Jazz recording –”Blue Light, Red Light,” Harry Connick Jr.; “Breathless,” Kenny G; “25,” Harry Connick Jr.; “Upfront,” David Sanborn.

Country recording, male –”No Fences,” Garth Brooks; “Ropin’ the Wind,” Garth Brooks; “Some Gave All,” Billy Ray Cyrus; “The Chase,” Garth Brooks.

Country recording, female –”Come On Come On,” Mary-Chapin Carpenter; “For My Broken Heart,” Reba McEntire; “Something in Red,” Lorrie Morgan; “Trisha Yearwood,” Trisha Yearwood; “Wynonna,” Wynonna Judd.

Country recording, group –”American Pride,” Alabama; “Brand New Man,” Brooks & Dunn; “Diamond Rio,” Diamond Rio.

Urban music recording, male –”Bobby,” Bobby Brown; “Dangerous,” Michael Jackson; “Keep It Coming,” Keith Sweat; “Private Lines,” Gerald LeVert.

Urban music recording, female –”The Comfort Zone,” Vanessa Williams; “Love Deluxe,” Sade; “MTV Unplugged EP,” Mariah Carey; “What’s the 411?,” Mary J. Blige.

Urban music recording, group –”Cooleyhighharmony,” Boyz II Men; “Forever My Lady,” Jodeci; “Funky Divas,” En Vogue; “Ooooh On the TLC Tip,” TLC; “Totally Krossed Out,” Kriss Kross.

Recording merchandised as classical music –”Amore,” Luciano Pavarotti; “Baroque Duet,” Kathleen Battle & Wynton Marsalis; “Hush,” Yo-Yo Ma & Bobby McFerrin; “In Concert,” Carreras/Domingo/Pavarotti (Mehta).

Gospel/contemporary Christian recording –”Change Your World,” Michael W. Smith; “Go West Young Man,” Michael W. Smith; “Heart in Motion,” Amy Grant.

Rap recording –”House of Pain,” House of Pain; “Mack Daddy,” Sir Mix-A-Lot; “3 Years, 5 Months and 2 Days in the Life of…” Arrested Development; “Totally Krossed Out,” Kriss Kross.

Comedy album –”Dice Rules,” Andrew Dice Clay; “40 Too Long,” Andrew Dice Clay; “Off the Deep End,” Weird Al Yankovic; “Scraps From the Future,” Pauly Shore.

Heavy metal recording –”Adrenalize,” Def Leppard; “Countdown to Extinction,” Megadeth; “Metallica,” Metallica; “Self,” Metallica; “Use Your Illusion I,” Guns N’ Roses.

New age recording –”Dare to Dream,” Yanni; “Shepherd Moons,” Enya; “Solo Para Ti,” Ottmar Liebert; “Summer,” George Winston; “Watermark,” Enya.

Alternative music recording –”Automatic for the People,” R.E.M; “Blood Sugar Sex Magik,” Red Hot Chili Peppers; “Nevermind,” Nirvana; “Ten,” Pearl Jam.

Children’s recording –”Aladdin” (soundtrack); “Beauty and the Beast” (soundtrack); “Chipmunks in Low Places,” Alvin & the Chipmunks; “The Little Mermaid” (soundtrack).

Musicvideo –”Achtung Baby,” U2; “A Year and a Half in the Life of…” Metallica; “Garth Brooks,” Garth Brooks; “Live at El Macambo,” Stevie Ray Vaughan; “This Is Garth Brooks,” Garth Brooks.

Recording, new artist (three awards to be presented) –”Some Gave All,” Billy Ray Cyrus; “Ten,” Pearl Jam; “3 Years, 5 Months and 2 Days in the Life of…,” Arrested Development; “Totally Krossed Out,” Kriss Kross; “What’s the 411?,” Mary J. Blige.

Recording, female –”Diva,” Annie Lennox; “Luck of the Draw,” Bonnie Raitt; “MTV Unplugged,” Mariah Carey; “Shepherd Moons,” Enya; “Wynonna,” Wynonna Judd.

Recording, male –”Ropin’ the wind,” Garth Brooks; “Some Gave All,” Billy Ray Cyrus; “Time, Love & Tenderness,” Michael Bolton; “Unplugged,” Eric Clapton.

Recording, group –”Achtung Baby,” U2; “Blood Sugar Sex Magik,” Red Hot Chili Peppers; “Metallica,” Metallica; “Nevermind,” Nirvana; “Ten,” Pearl Jam.

Recording of the year –”Blood Sugar Sex Magik,” Red Hot Chili Peppers; “The Bodyguard” (soundtrack); “Ropin’ the wind,” Garth Brooks; “Some Gave All,” Billy Ray Cyrus; “Ten,” Pearl Jam; “Unplugged,” Eric Clapton.

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