Country Artists Get AMA Nods

Brooks & Dunn, Lonestar and Tim McGraw have two nominations apiece in voting for the 29th Annual American Music Awards. Brooks & Dunn’s Steers & Stripes; Lonestar’s I’m Already There and McGraw’s Set This Circus Down are up for favorite country album. Brooks & Dunn, Lonestar and SHeDAISY vie for favorite country band, duo or group. Toby Keith and Travis Tritt join McGraw in the running for favorite male artist. Candidates for favorite female artist are Sara Evans, Faith Hill and Jo Dee Messina. And Jamie O’Neal, Blake Shelton and Trick Pony have nods for favorite new artist. Interestingly, LeAnn Rimes is up for favorite adult contemporary artist. Winners will be announced Jan. 9 on ABC, during a three-hour show from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. 11/13/01