LOS ANGELES, CA Wednesday Sep.15.2004 /netmusiccountdown.com/ -- Truth tour mates Usher and Kanye West lead this year's nominations for the American Music Awards. Usher received four nominations including Best Pop/Rock and Best Soul/R&B album for his multi-platinum "Confessions," while West garnered three nominations including Best Rap/Hip-Hop album for "The College Dropout."

Other nominations include Sheryl Crow, Avril Lavigne and Jessica Simpson for the Pop/Rock Female Artist award; Beyonce, Janet Jackson and Alicia Keys for the Soul/R&B Female Artist award; and Jay-Z, Juvenile, Lil' Flip and Kanye West for the Rap/Hip-Hop Male Artist. Incubus was nominated for the Alternative Music Artist award, along with Linkin Park and the Australian band Jet. In the Breakthrough New Artist category, Maroon 5 goes up against Kanye West and Gretchen Wilson.

AMA nominations are based upon radio play and sales numbers, and winners are decided through a listener survey. Tune in to ABC on November 14, when the winners will be announced. Jimmy Kimmel of "Jimmy Kimmel Live" hosts the 2004 AMAs.

For a complete list of the 2004 American Music Awards nominees, go to http://abc.go.com/primetime/ama/nominees.html.

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