Nominees for the annual 31st American Music Awards, Third Day, Mercy Me and Stephen Curtis Chapman, were announced earlier today at a press conference in Beverly Hills hosted by Dick Clark, singer/songwriter Macy Gray and Jimmy Kimmel. The 20 awards will be presented during a three-hour special on the ABC Television Network, Sunday, November 16, 2003, 8-11 PM (Eastern and Pacific Time). The special will take place from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California and be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. The show is produced by Dick Clark Productions.
Million-selling, GRAMMY and Dove Award-winning rock band, Third Day will vie for Favorite Artist in Contemporary Inspirational Music at the 31st “American Music Awards.” Third Day receives this honor after a GRAMMY win in February for Come Together in the Best Rock/Gospel Album category and a Song of the Year ASCAP award in April.
Third Day lead vocalist Mac Powell commented, “It sometimes sounds cliché to say, ‘It’s an honor to be nominated for an award,’ but that is especially true with the American Music Awards. After growing up watching the AMAs on television, and having been inspired by so many of the artists who both performed and won awards, it is a dream come true to be among this year’s nominees.”
“This whole year overall has been pretty shocking,” commented MercyMe’s lead singer Bart Millard. “This is just another thing we never saw coming…..and we’re very honored.”
Steven Curtis Chapman is not only a nominee, but is also confirmed to co-present an award on the LIVE telecast.
The American Music Awards will be presented during a three-hour special on the ABC Television Network, Sunday, November 16, 2003, 8-11 PM (Eastern and Pacific Time).
Winners of the annual awards show are selected by the public. A national sampling have been sent ballots by the National Family Opinion, Inc. firm under the supervision of Broadcast Research and Consulting, Inc. Names of the nominees on the ballots were compiled from data supplied by the music industry trade publication, Radio & Records, and the Soundscan Inc., management information system. Results of the voting, tabulated by the Ernst & Young LLP accounting firm, are kept secret until envelopes are opened during the presentation ceremonies.