Hill nets 4 AMA nods

Noms for diva include favorite country album

NEW YORK — Pop-country diva Faith Hill topped the nominee list for the 28th annual American Music Awards, making the grade in four categories.

Mississippi-born Hill, who recently won Female Vocalist of the Year at the 2000 Country Music Awards, is up for best adult contemporary artist and favorite female artist in the pop/rock and country categories. Her fourth album “Breathe” is in the running for favorite country album.

Nipping closely at Hill’s heels are alt-rock group Creed and Latin pop sensation Marc Anthony, with three noms each. Creed, whose second release, “Human Clay,” has sold more than 6.5 million copies, is up for awards in the favorite group, album and alternative music artist categories.

Anthony has been tapped in the favorite pop/rock artist, adult contemporary and Latin music categories.

Nine artists received two noms each including hip-hop bad boy Eminem and thrushes Celine Dion, Toni Braxton and teen-pop queen Britney Spears, who will host the broadcast from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on ABC Jan. 8.