Boyz II Men and Mariah Carey, with four nominations each, and Ace of Base, All-4-One, Counting Crows and Salt-N-Pepa, with three each, lead the nominees in 22 categories for the 22nd annual presentation of "The American Music Awards." The three-hour show airs from Hollywood's Shrine Civic Auditorium Monday at 8 on ABC. The event honors musical artists in pop/rock, soul/rhythm & blues, country, heavy metal, rap/hip-hop, adult contemporary and alternative music. Tom Jones, Lorrie Morgan and Queen Latifah are the show's hosts. Many nominees will appear as either performers or presenters. Prince will receive the annual Award of Merit honoring an artist for outstanding contributions to the musical entertainment of the American public. Previous winners include Whitney Houston, James Brown, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, The Beach Boys, Paul McCartney, Loretta Lynn, Michael Jackson, Kenny Rogers, Stevie Wonder, Benny Goodman, Elvis Presley, Neil Diamond and rock promoter Bill Graham. The inscription on the trophy reads in part: "He has proven himself the ultimate showperson . . . a daring composer/lyricist, an electrifying singer/performer . . . an outstanding arranger/musician, master of more than two dozen instruments, a visionary producer/creator of fourteen platinum albums, a motion picture star and an entertainment entrepreneur." Recipients of American Music Awards are determined by a poll of record buyers in the United States. The list of nominees follows: POP/ROCK: * Favorite Male Vocalist: Bryan Adams, Michael Bolton, Meat Loaf * Favorite Female Vocalist: Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Bonnie Raitt * Favorite Duo or Group: Ace of Base, Pink Floyd, Stone Temple Pilots * Favorite Single: "I'll Make Love To You," Boyz II Men; "The Power of Love," Celine Dion; "The Sign," Ace of Base * Favorite Album: "August & Everything After," Counting Crows; "The Lion King" soundtrack; "Music Box," Mariah Carey * Favorite New Artist: Ace of Base, All-4-One, Counting Crows SOUL/RHYTHM & BLUES: * Favorite Male Vocalist: Babyface, Tevin Campbell, Prince * Favorite Female Vocalist: Anita Baker, Toni Braxton, Janet Jackson * Favorite Duo or Group: Boyz II Men, Jodeci, Salt-N-Pepa * Favorite Single: "I Swear," All-4-One; "I'll Make Love To You," Boyz II Men; "Whatta Man," Salt-N-Pepa * Favorite Album: "Music Box," Mariah Carey; "Toni Braxton," Toni Braxton; "12 Play," R. Kelly * Favorite New Artist: Aaliyah, All-4-One, Warren G COUNTRY: * Favorite Male Vocalist: Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson * Favorite Female Vocalist: Mary Chapin Carpenter, Reba McEntire, Lorrie Morgan * Favorite Duo or Group: Alabama, Brooks & Dunn, Little Texas * Favorite Single: "I Swear," John Michael Montgomery; "Indian Outlaw," Tim McGraw; "Whenever You Come Around," Vince Gill * Favorite Album: "Common Thread: Songs of the Eagles," Various Artists; "Read My Mind," Reba McEntire; "Who I Am," Alan Jackson * Favorite New Artist: Faith Hill, The Mavericks, Tim McGraw HEAVY METAL/HARD ROCK: * Favorite Artist: Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots RAP/HIP HOP: * Favorite Artist: Warren G, Salt-N-Pepa, Snoop Doggy Dogg ADULT CONTEMPORARY: * Favorite Artist: Michael Bolton, Boyz II Men, Mariah Carey ALTERNATIVE MUSIC: * Favorite Artist: Counting Crows, Green Day, Nine Inch Nails