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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Usher, 50 Cent, Mariah Carey and The Game were among the recording artists up for multiple honors Wednesday night at the 2005 World Music Awards, which selects winners based on worldwide sales figures.

The slate of nominees at this year's awards show, to be telecast Sept. 13 on ABC, reflected some of the past year's best-selling albums, many straddling the hip-hop and pop categories.

Usher, who won three awards at last year's show, was nominated along with rappers Nelly and 50 Cent for best pop male artist. Crooners Josh Groban and Michael Buble rounded out the list.

Nelly and 50 Cent also were up for best rap/hip-hop artist, with Ludacris, Eminem and 50 Cent protege The Game.

Competing for pop female honors: Carey, Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Lopez, Kelly Clarkson and Latin crossover star Shakira.

Carey, who staged a huge comeback this year with "The Emancipation of Mimi," also was vying for best R&B artist, along with Alicia Keys, Usher, R. Kelly and newcomer Ciara.

Ciara also was up for best new female artist with "American Idol" alum Fantasia, New Zealand native Natasha Bedingfield, MTV darling Ashlee Simpson and veteran No Doubt singer Gwen Stefani.

Another veteran -- Rob Thomas, who used to front the rock group matchbox twenty -- was nominated for best new artist in the male category. The Game, John Legend, Akon and Lloyd Banks also received nods.

Gorillaz, the virtual hip-hop band created by a member of the British band Blur, was up for best pop group, along with Maroon 5, Destiny's Child, Il Divo, and the Black Eyed Peas.

Ashlee Simpson was in the running for best pop-rock artist, with Eminem, Gavin DeGraw, John Mayer and Stefani.

Green Day, which swept last week's MTV Music Video Awards, faced Coldplay, the Killers, Three Doors Down and Irish veterans U2 for best rock act.

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