AMA honors top-selling musicians


Call it the night of multiple nominations. More than a dozen artists headed into the 2006 American Music Awards on Tuesday with at least two chances to win, including Kanye West, Kelly Clarkson, Eminem, Carrie Underwood and Mary J. Blige.

Songbird Mariah Carey, hip-hoppers the Black Eyed Peas and rockers Red Hot Chili Peppers and Nickelback had even better chances with three nominations each.

Talk-show host Jimmy Kimmel was set to emcee the three-hour ceremony at the Shrine Auditorium, to be televised live on ABC. The show boasted a star-studded lineup of performers, including Beyonce, the Pussycat Dolls, Nelly Furtado, Rascal Flatts, Jamie Foxx and John Mayer. Jay-Z and Gwen Stefani were also set to perform new singles from their forthcoming albums.

A spate of celebrities -- including Nicole Richie, Paris Hilton, Tony Hawk, William Shatner, Carmen Electra and Ice Cube -- were set to hand out trophies in 20 categories.

The American Music Awards honor the best in pop/rock, country, soul/rhythm & blues, rap/hip hop, Latin, alternative, adult contemporary and contemporary inspirational music. Nominees were chosen based on record sales and winners were selected by a survey of about 20,000 listeners.