Bad Boy Entertainment/Arista Records artist Puff Daddy nabbed five nominations for the 25th annual American Music Awards, to lead the list of multiple nominees.

The lineup also included Virgin Records group Spice Girls and Interscope’s the Wallflowers, who each received three nods.

Other artists bagging multiple noms included Babyface, Erykah Badu, Mary J. Blige, Toni Braxton, Celine Dion, Dru Hill, Jewel, Matchbox 20, LeAnn Rimes and George Strait.

The nominations were announced Thursday during a press conference at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

Comic/TV star Drew Carey will preside over the ceremony, during which 20 awards in eight categories will be handed out in a three-hour ABC-TV spec. The live telecast (tape delayed in the West) is set for Jan. 26 and will take place at the L.A. Shrine Auditorium.

Puff Daddy, the alter ego of producer/entrepreneur Sean Puffy Combs whose tribute to Notorious B.I.G., “I’ll Be Missing You,” was a major hit in 1997, nabbed nods for favorite male artist in pop/rock, soul/R&B and rap/hip hop categories.

He was also nominated as soul/R&B’s top new artist and his Bad Boy/Arista album “No Way Out” was a contender in that category.

The three nods for the Spice Girls and the Wallflowers were in the favorite pop/rock band, duo or group, favorite new artist and best album categories. In the newly created Latin Music category, Enrique Iglesias competes against dad Julio and Luis Miguel for favorite artist.

Badu’s Universal Records disc “Baduizm” will compete in the favorite soul/R&B album category against Blackstreet’s Jive disc “Another Level,” Mary J. Blige’s Uptown/MCA Records offering “Share My World” and Puff Daddy’s “No Way Out.”

Winners for the American Music Awards are selected by a national sampling of approximately 20,000 listeners. Names on the ballots are compiled from music industry publications and results are kept secret until envelopes are opened during the ceremony.

A complete list of nominees:

POP/ROCK

MALE ARTIST: Babyface, Beck, Puff Daddy.

FEMALE ARTIST: Toni Braxton, Celine Dion, Jewel.

BAND, DUO OR GROUP: Spice Girls, U2, the Wallflowers.

ALBUM: “Pieces of You,” Jewel; “Yourself or Someone Like You,” Matchbox 20; “Spice,” Spice Girls; “Bringing Down the Horse,” the Wallflowers.

NEW ARTIST: Matchbox 20, Spice Girls, the Wallflowers.

SOUL/RHYTHM & BLUES

MALE ARTIST: Babyface, Puff Daddy, Keith Sweat.

FEMALE ARTIST: Mary J. Blige, Toni Braxton, Mariah Carey.

BAND, DUO OR GROUP: Boyz II Men, Dru Hill, En Vogue.

ALBUM: “Baduizm,” Erykah Badu; “Another Level,” Blackstreet; “Share My World,” Mary J. Blige; “No Way Out,” Puff Daddy.

NEW ARTIST: Erykah Badu, Dru Hill, Puff Daddy.

COUNTRY

MALE ARTIST: Clint Black, Alan Jackson, George Strait.

FEMALE ARTIST: Reba McEntire, LeAnn Rimes, Shania Twain.

BAND, DUO OR GROUP: Alabama, Brooks & Dunn, Sawyer Brown.

ALBUM: “Everywhere,” Tim McGraw; “Unchained Melody,” LeAnn Rimes; “Carrying Your Love With Me,” George Strait; “Songbook: A Collection of Hits,” Trisha Yearwood.

NEW ARTIST: Bob Carlisle, Kevin Sharp, Lee Ann Womack.

ADULT CONTEMPORARY

ARTIST: Michael Bolton, Celine Dion, Elton John.

LATIN MUSIC

ARTIST: Enrique Iglesias, Julio Iglesias, Luis Miguel.

RAP/HIP HOP

ARTIST: Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Puff Daddy, Wu-Tang Klan.

ALTERNATIVE MUSIC

ARTIST: Bush, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Sublime.

SOUNDTRACK

“Evita,” “Men in Black,” “The Preacher’s Wife.”

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