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5 AMA NOMS FOR CAREY

Columbia Records songstress Mariah Carey nabbed five American Music Awards nominations spanning three musical genres. The list for the 24th annual ceremony, which no longer sports the favorite artist of the year category after Garth Brooks declined to accept the trophy last year, also boasted 11 artists that logged two nods each.

The nominations were announced during a press conference Wednesday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel by comedian Sinbad, who will host the three-hour telecast set for Jan. 27 on ABC.

Carey, who was shut out of the Grammy Awards earlier this year, was nominated for favorite female artist in the pop/rock and soul/R&B categories.

Her recent release, “Daydream,” was nominated as favorite album in both of those categories.

Additionally, Carey competes with Epic Records’ Celine Dion and Arista Records’ Whitney Houston for favorite adult contemporary artist, the only category in the genre.

Favorite male artist in the pop/rock listing includes Bryan Adams, Eric Clapton and Seal, while crooners Carey, Dion and Alanis Morissette grace the favorite pop/rock female category.

The usual suspects, Brooks, Alan Jackson and George Strait, will compete for favorite male artist in the country category, while favorite female artist noms in the genre include Faith Hill, Wynonna Judd and industry success story Shania Twain.

The winners, who will be announced during ceremonies at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, are picked by a random sampling of 20,000 Americans. Nominations are based partly on SoundScan tallies.

With two nominations each are: Toni Braxton, Brooks, D’Angelo, Dion, Fugees, Morissette, the Smashing Pumpkins, Stone Temple Pilots, Strait, Keith Sweat and Twain.

The AMA decided to drop the favorite artist of the year category after Brooks, in leaving the trophy on the podium last year, said that Hootie and the Blowfish were more deserving of the award.

The AMAs are produced by Dick Clark Prods. Jeff Margolis will direct.

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