Celine Dion, Ashanti, Beyonce Knowles, Eminem, Shania Twain, Sean Paul and Missy Elliott have all emerged with two nominations each for the 31st annual American Music Awards.

Dion received two nominations today (16SEP03), for favourite female pop-rock artist and favourite adult contemporary artist, where she's up against Cher and Norah Jones.

Jones, who clinched five Grammy Awards earlier this year (03), is also vying for favourite pop-rock album for her platinum debut COME AWAY WITH ME.

Singers R Kelly and Luther Vandross have also received two nods apiece for the upcoming ceremony, which has no performer or group exceeding a pair of nominations.

The awards will be presented during a ceremony at Los Angeles' SHRINE AUDITORIUM on 16 November (03), with talk show host Jimmy Kimmel taking on emcee duties.

The nominations are based on sales figures and radio play. Winners are selected by a survey of about 20,000 listeners.

The full list of nominees is as follows:

POP-ROCK:

- MALE ARTIST: Clay Aiken, Kid Rock, John Mayer, Justin Timberlake.

- FEMALE ARTIST: CELINE DION, Avril Lavigne, Jennifer Lopez.

- BAND, DUO OR GROUP: Fleetwood Mac, Matchbox Twenty, 3 DOORS DOWN.

- ALBUM: Fallen, Evanescence; COME AWAY WITH ME, NORAH JONES; COCKY, KID ROCK; JUSTIFIED, JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE.

SOUL-R+B:

- MALE ARTIST: Ginuwine, Jaheim, R. KELLY, LUTHER VANDROSS.

- FEMALE ARTIST: Aaliyah, ASHANTI, BEYONCE.

- BAND, DUO OR GROUP: B2K, Dru Hill, The Isley Brothers.

- ALBUM: CHAPTER II, ASHANTI; DANGEROUSLY IN LOVE, BEYONCE KNOWLES; CHOCOLATE FACTORY, R KELLY; DANCE WITH MY FATHER, LUTHER VANDROSS.

COUNTRY:

- MALE ARTIST: Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith, Tim Mcgraw.

- FEMALE ARTIST: Faith Hill, Martina McBride, SHANIA TWAIN.

- BAND, DUO OR GROUP: Alabama, BROOKS + DUNN, Dixie Chicks.

- ALBUM: Unleashed, TOBY KEITH; TIM MCGRAW + THE DANCEHALL DOCTORS, TIM MCGRAW; MELT, Rascal Flatts; UP! SHANIA TWAIN.

RAP-HIP HOP:

- MALE ARTIST: EMINEM, 50 CENT, Nelly, SEAN PAUL.

FEMALE ARTIST: MISSY ELLIOTT, Eve, LIL' KIM.

- BAND, DUO OR GROUP: Black Eyed Peas, Bone Crusher, Lil Jon + THE EAST SIDE BOYZ.- ALBUM: UNDER CONSTRUCTION, MISSY ELLIOTT; GET RICH OR DIE TRYIN', 50 CENT; DUTTY ROCK, SEAN PAUL; 8 Mile, SOUNDTRACK.

ADULT CONTEMPORARY:

CHER, CELINE DION, NORAH JONES.

LATIN MUSIC:

KUMBIA KINGS, Ricky Martin, Luis Miguel.

ALTERNATIVE MUSIC:

Coldplay, Linkin Park, Metallica.

CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL:

STEVEN CURTIS CHAPMAN, MercyMe, Third Day.

16/09/2003 21:14