Black Eyed Peas, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Mariah Carey and Nickelback lead three noms each at “2006 American Music Awards;”

Nick Lachey is nominated for 2006 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS' Best Male Artist (Photo by Oliver Carnay)

(Los Angeles, CA – October 26, 2006) –Twenty awards will be given out representing the best of Pop/Rock, Country, Soul/Rhythm & Blues, Rap/Hip Hop, Latin, Alternative, Adult Contemporary and Contemporary Inspirational music at the upcoming AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS to be held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, CA on November 21, 2006 at 8:00 PM ET/PT. Winners will be announced during a Live star-studded show on ABC 7 television featuring celebrity presenters, live performances and other surprises.

Mariah Carey, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Eyed Peas and Nickelback lead the nominations with three nods each. Carey, a nine-time American Music Award winner, was nominated for Favorite Female Artist in both the Pop/Rock and Soul/Rhythm & Blues categories as well as Favorite Album in the Soul/Rhythm & Blues category for “The Emancipation of Mimi.” The Red Hot Chili Peppers received Pop/Rock nominations for Favorite Band, Duo or Group and Favorite Album for “Stadium Arcadium” along with a nod for Favorite Artist in the Alternative Music Category. Hip/Hop Funk sensation The Black Eyed Peas are up for Favorite Band, Duo or Group and Favorite Album for “Monkey Business” in the Rap/Hip Hop category along with a nomination in the Soul/Rhythm & Blues category for Favorite Band, Duo or Group. Nickelback’s hit album “All the Right Reasons” helped earn them three American Music Award nominations. The group is up for Favorite Album and Favorite Band, Duo or Group in the Pop/Rock category and will compete against the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pearl Jam for Favorite Artist in the Alternative Music category.

Mary J. Blige, Kelly Clarkson, Eminem, Jamie Foxx, Pussycat Dolls, Rascal Flatts, T.I., Carrie Underwood and Kanye West each received two (2) nominations. 2006 break-out artists Chamillionaire, Pussycat Dolls and Carrie Underwood are nominated for Favorite New Breakthrough Artist which encompasses all genres of music.

Winners of the American Music Awards are selected by the public. A national sampling of approximately 20,000 taking into account geographic location, age, sex and ethnic origin, was sent ballots by the National Family Opinion, Inc. firm under the supervision of Broadcast Research and Consulting, Inc. Names of the nominees on the ballot were compiled from data supplied by the music industry trade publication, Radio & Records and Nielsen Soundscan which tracks retail music sales. Results of the voting, tabulated by the Ernst & Young LLP accounting firm are kept secret until envelopes are opened during the presentation ceremonies.

Executive Producer of the “2006 American Music Awards” is Allen Shapiro. Producer of the television special is Larry Klein, with Louis J. Horvitz directing. Writers will be Barry Adelman and Fred Bronson. Executive in Charge of Production is Bob Bardo. Associate Producer is Don Harary. John Shaffner and Joe Stewart are the Production Designers. Talent Executive is Carla Patterson. Executive in Charge is Fran La Maina.


NOMINEES FOR THE “2006 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS”

POP/ROCK

Favorite Male Artist:
• Nick Lachey
• Sean Paul
• Kanye West

Favorite Female Artist:
• Mariah Carey
• Kelly Clarkson
• Nelly Furtado

Favorite Band, Duo or Group
• Nickelback
• Pussycat Dolls
• Red Hot Chili Peppers

Favorite Album
• “All the Right Reasons” – Nickelback
• “Stadium Arcadium” – Red Hot Chili Peppers
• “High School Musical” – Various Artists

COUNTRY

Favorite Male Artist:
• Kenny Chesney
• Toby Keith
• Keith Urban

Favorite Female Artist:
• Faith Hill
• Carrie Underwood
• Gretchen Wilson

Favorite Band, Duo or Group
• Brooks & Dunn
• Montgomery Gentry
• Rascal Flatts

Favorite Album
• “Legend Of Johnny Cash” – Johnny Cash
• “Greatest Hits Volume 2” – Tim McGraw
• “Me And My Gang” – Rascal Flatts

SOUL/RHYTHM & BLUES

Favorite Male Artist:
• Chris Brown
• Jamie Foxx
• NE-YO

Favorite Female Artist:
• Mary J. Blige
• Mariah Carey
• Keyshia Cole

Favorite Band, Duo or Group
• The Black Eyed Peas
• The Isley Brothers
• Jagged Edge

Favorite Album
• “The Breakthrough” – Mary J. Blige
• “The Emancipation of Mimi” – Mariah Carey
• “Unpredictable” – Jamie Foxx

RAP/HIP-HOP

Favorite Male Artist:
• Eminem
• T.I.
• Kanye West

Favorite Band, Duo or Group:
• The Black Eyed Peas
• Dem Franchize Boyz
• Three 6 Mafia

Favorite Album
• “Monkey Business” – The Black Eyed Peas
• “Curtain Call” – Eminem
• “King” – T.I.

ADULT CONTEMPORARY

Favorite Artist:
• Michael Bublé
• Kelly Clarkson
• Rob Thomas

ALTERNATIVE MUSIC

Favorite Artist:
• Nickelback
• Pearl Jam
• Red Hot Chili Peppers

LATIN MUSIC

Favorite Artist:
• Daddy Yankee
• Don Omar
• Shakira

CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL

Favorite Artist:
• Aly & AJ
• Casting Crowns
• Kirk Franklin

FAVORITE NEW BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST (ALL GENRES)

• Chamillionaire
• Pussycat Dolls
• Carrie Underwood

The “2006 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS” presentations ceremony, produced by Dick Clark Productions, Inc, will originate from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Tuesday, November 21st and will be telecast “live” as a three-hour prime-time special on ABC Television Network.



10.26.06