Vocalist Bobby Brown has been nominated for American Music Awards in five categories and video dance queen Paula Abdul and rapper Tone Loc were named four times each.

Nominees for the 17th annual entertainment awards were chosen by record sales and by voting in a nationwide poll. They were announced at a news conference at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

Winners of the 27 awards, organized in six categories, will be named during a three-hour special at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The show will be broadcast live Jan. 22 by ABC.

The nominees were selected from year-end sales records monitored by Cash Box, the music industry trade publication. Ballots with the top artists' names were then sent to a sampling of 20,000 Americans, who voted on their favorites in each category.

The nominees:

-POP-ROCK: Male vocalist - Bobby Brown, Richard Marx, John Cougar Mellencamp.

Female vocalist - Paula Abdul, Anita Baker, Madonna.

Duo or group - Bon Jovi, Milli Vanilli, New Kids on the Block.

Single - "Don't Want to Lose You," Gloria Estefan; "Girl You Know It's True," Milli Vanilli; "I'll Be There For You," Bon Jovi.

Album - "Don't Be Cruel," Bobby Brown; "Forever Your Girl," Paula Abdul; "Hangin' Tough," New Kids on the Block.

New artist - Living Color, Milli Vanilli, The Traveling Wilburys.

-SOUL-RHYTHM & BLUES: Male vocalist - Bobby Brown, Prince, Luther Vandross.

Female vocalist - Paula Abdul; Anita Baker; Stephanie Mills

Duo or group - Guy, The O'Jays, Soul II Soul.

Single - "Just Because," Anita Baker; "Keep On Movin'," Soul II Soul; "Miss You Much," Janet Jackson.

Album - "Don't Be Cruel," Bobby Brown; "Karyn White," Karyn White; "Let's Get It Started," M.C. Hammer.

New artist - Baby Face, Milli Vanilli, Soul II Soul.

-COUNTRY: Male vocalist - George Strait, Randy Travis, Hank Williams Jr.

Female vocalist - Reba McEntire, K.T. Oslin, Dolly Parton.

Duo or group - Alabama, Highway 101, The Judds. Single - "Baby's Gotten Good at Goodbye," George Strait; "Deeper Than Holler," Randy Travis; "If I Had You," Alabama.

Album - "Beyond The Blue Neon," George Strait; "Greatest Hits III," Hank Williams Jr.; "Old 8 x 10," Randy Travis.

New Artist - Clint Black, Cee Cee Chapman, Skip Ewing.

-HEAVY METAL: Artist - Aerosmith, Guns N' Roses, Motley Crue.

Album - "Appetite For Destruction," Guns N' Roses; "Dr. Feelgood," Motley Crue; "Skid Row," Skid Row.

New artist - Skid Row, Warrant, Winger.

-RAP: Artist - Eazy-E, M.C. Hammer; Tone Loc.

Album - "Eazy-Duz-It," Eazy-E; "Let's Get It Started," M.C. Hammer; "Loc'ed After Dark," Tone Loc.

New artist - Eazy-E, Tone Loc, Young M.C.

-DANCE: Artist - Paula Abdul, Bobby Brown, Janet Jackson.

Single - "Back To Life," Soul II Soul; "Like A Prayer," Madonna; "Miss You Much," Janet Jackson.

New artist - De La Soul, Soul II Soul, Tone Loc.