The nominations, announced Tuesday, are based on the year-end charts of Cash Box magazine. The winners, who will be determined by a poll of the record-buying public, will be announced in a three-hour special airing Jan. 26 on ABC television.
Here are nominees in selected categories:
Pop/rock male vocalist: Peter Gabriel, Robert Palmer, Lionel Richie, David Lee Roth.
Pop/rock female vocalist: Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Madonna, Tina Turner.
Pop/rock group: Genesis, Heart, Huey Lewis & the News, Van Halen.
Country male vocalist: Ronnie Milsap, Willie Nelson, George Strait, Hank Williams Jr.
Country female vocalist: Barbara Mandrell, Reba McEntire, Juice Newton, Tanya Tucker.
Country group: Alabama, Forester Sisters, the Judds, Marie Osmond & Paul Davis.
Soul/R&B; male vocalist: Freddie Jackson, Billy Ocean, Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder. Soul/R&B; female vocalist: Anita Baker, Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Patti LaBelle. Soul/R&B; group: Atlantic Starr, Cameo, New Edition, Run-D.M.C.
Nominations were also made in single, album and video categories.