Alicia Keys and Usher Lead Soul Train Awards Nominees
Alicia Keys and Usher lead the pack of Soul Train Awards nominees with four nods apiece.
Keys is nominated for Best R&B/Soul Artist Female, Song of the Year, Album of the Year, and Record of the Year, while Usher will compete in the Best R&B/Soul Artist Male, Song of the Year, Album of the Year, and Best Dance Performance categories.
Drake follows close behind with three nominations, including Best Hip Hop Song of the Year, Album of the Year and Record of the Year. Ne-Yo, Monica, B.o.B., Nicki Minaj, Erykah Badu, Dondria, Janelle Monáe, Fantasia and Sade all received two nominations.
High off his "When a Woman Loves" single, R. Kelly is set to open the show. Other performers on the bill include Cee-Lo, Erykah Badu, Rick Ross, Erykah Badu, Janelle Monáe, Faith Evans, Keyshia Cole, Eric Benét, Chrisette Michele, Lalah Hathaway, Tamia, Tank, Freddie Jackson, Gyptian and Jeffrey Osborne.
Ron Isley and Anita Baker are on deck to be this year's Legend Award recipients. Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, will return to master the ceremony for the second consecutive year.
The 2010 Soul Train Awards are set to tape at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre November 10 and premiere on Centric and BET November 28 at 9 P.M.
See a complete list of nominees below and visit CentricTV.com.
BEST NEW ARTIST
BEST R&B/SOUL ARTIST FEMALE
Mary J. Blige
SONG OF THE YEAR
“Everything To Me” - Monica
“There Goes My Baby” - Usher
“Un-Thinkable(I’m Ready)” – Alicia Keys
“Soldier Of Love” - Sade
“Nothing On You” – B.o.B. feat. Bruno Mars
BEST HIP HOP SONG OF THE YEAR
“Love The Way You Lie” - Eminem feat. Rihanna
“B.M.F. (Blowin Money Fast)” - Rick Ross feat. Styles P
“Your Love” – Nicki Minaj
“Find Your Love” - Drake
“Shutterbugg” – Big Boi feat. Cutty
“I Got Your Back” – T.I. feat. Keri Hilson
BEST MALE R&B/SOUL MALE
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Alicia Keys – "The Element Of Freedom"
Usher – "Raymond vs. Raymond"
Sade – "Soldier of Love"
Drake – "Thank Me Later"
Erykah Badu – "New Amerykah Part Two-Return of the Ankh"
BEST REGGAE ARTIST AWARD
Jesse Boykins III
Corrine Bailey Rae
BEST GOSPEL PERFORMANCE MALE, FEMALE OR GROUP
Youthful Praise feat. J.J. Harrison
Lisa Page Brooks
Hezekiah Walker & LFC
RECORD OF THE YEAR
Fantasia – “Bittersweet” (Charles Harmon, Claude Kelly, Michael Mentore)
El Debarge - “Second Chance” (songwriters: El Debarge & Mischke)
Drake –“Find Your Love” (songwriters: Bhasker, J; Graham, A; Reynolds, P; West, Kanye)
R.Kelly – “When A Woman Loves” (songwriter R. Kelly)
Alicia Keys – “Un-Thinkable(I’m Ready)” (songwriters: Keys, Aubrey Graham, Brothers, Noah "40" Shebib)