And The Nominees Are

Meet all the nominees of the 2013 Soul Train Awards.

Best New Artist 

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Best New Artist 

Best New Artist: Bridget Kelly - With heartfelt lyrics and outstanding vocals, this Roc Nation diva is poised to take over.   (Photo: Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images for BET)

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Best New Artist: Bridget Kelly - With heartfelt lyrics and outstanding vocals, this Roc Nation diva is poised to take over.  (Photo: Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images for BET)

Best New Artist: K. Michelle - Scoring a No. 1 debut album solidified that there is more to the outspoken songstress than what is seen on TV.   (Photo: Cindy Ord/BET/Getty Images for BET)

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Best New Artist: K. Michelle - Scoring a No. 1 debut album solidified that there is more to the outspoken songstress than what is seen on TV.  (Photo: Cindy Ord/BET/Getty Images for BET)

Best Hip Hop Video: Kendrick Lamar — "Don't Kill My Vibe" - With the hilarious help of Mike Epps, this video mixes humor and fun with lots of style and substance. (Photo: Mark Davis/Getty Images for BET)

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Best Hip Hop Video: Kendrick Lamar — "Don't Kill My Vibe" - With the hilarious help of Mike Epps, this video mixes humor and fun with lots of style and substance. (Photo: Mark Davis/Getty Images for BET)

Best New Artist: Tamar Braxton - Braxton solidified her place as one of R&B?s top divas with the success of her sophomore effort, Love & War.   (Photo: Maury Phillips/Getty Images)

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Best New Artist: Tamar Braxton - Braxton solidified her place as one of R&B?s top divas with the success of her sophomore effort, Love & War.  (Photo: Maury Phillips/Getty Images)

Best New Artist: TGT - It might have taken Tyrese, Ginuwine, and Tank six years to release their debut album as trio, but it was worth the wait.  Photo: Vincent Sandoval/FilmMagic)

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Best New Artist: TGT - It might have taken Tyrese, Ginuwine, and Tank six years to release their debut album as trio, but it was worth the wait. Photo: Vincent Sandoval/FilmMagic)

Centric Certified Award

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Centric Certified Award

Centric Certified: Joss Stone  - This British R&B vocalist made a huge splash at age 16 and has been delivering her powerful, vintage and soul-based sound ever since.   (Photo: Harry Herd/Redferns via Getty Images)

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Centric Certified: Joss Stone  - This British R&B vocalist made a huge splash at age 16 and has been delivering her powerful, vintage and soul-based sound ever since.  (Photo: Harry Herd/Redferns via Getty Images)

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Centric Certified: Luke James - In an industry loaded with incredible talent, James stands above the crowd with a voice that is sure to grab your attention.  (Photo: Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Mission BIG)

Centric Certified: Lyfe Jennings - Graced with a poet's heart and a hustler's instincts, Lyfe's music has helped him navigate his way through darkness and has emerged intact. (Photo: Mike Windle/Getty Images for BET)

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Centric Certified: Lyfe Jennings - Graced with a poet's heart and a hustler's instincts, Lyfe's music has helped him navigate his way through darkness and has emerged intact. (Photo: Mike Windle/Getty Images for BET)

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Centric Certified: Solange Knowles - This Knowles sister stands as a true artist who is not afraid to stand on her own. (Photo: Erika Goldring/Getty Images)

Centric Certified: Stacy Barthe - Barthe embraces her beautifully flawed humanity by allowing your body of work to be transparently honest. (Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for BET)

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Centric Certified: Stacy Barthe - Barthe embraces her beautifully flawed humanity by allowing your body of work to be transparently honest. (Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for BET)

Centric Certified: Talib Kweli - The Brooklyn native?s music has entertained and educated listeners for years, making him a favorite among the hip-hop world (including his peers).  (Photo: John Sciulli/Getty Images for Samsung)

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Centric Certified: Talib Kweli - The Brooklyn native?s music has entertained and educated listeners for years, making him a favorite among the hip-hop world (including his peers). (Photo: John Sciulli/Getty Images for Samsung)

Best Gospel/Inspirational Performance

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Best Gospel/Inspirational Performance

Best Gospel/Inspirational Performance: Tasha Cobbs - "Break Every Chain" - The moving record reminds us that there?s a greater power at work overseeing our obstacles.  (Photo: EMI Gospel) 

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Best Gospel/Inspirational Performance: Tasha Cobbs - "Break Every Chain" - The moving record reminds us that there?s a greater power at work overseeing our obstacles. (Photo: EMI Gospel) 

Best Gospel/Inspirational Performance: Lecrae- "Confessions" - In this hard-hitting number, Lecrae discovers the mistake in trying to find happiness in material trappings. (Photo: Candice Lawler/BET)

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Best Gospel/Inspirational Performance: Lecrae- "Confessions" - In this hard-hitting number, Lecrae discovers the mistake in trying to find happiness in material trappings. (Photo: Candice Lawler/BET)

Best Gospel/Inspirational Performance:  Bishop Hezekiah Walker - "Every Praise" - Walker takes folks to church in this hand-clapping, foot-stomping track that reminds us to give thanks. (Photo: Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Super Bowl)

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Best Gospel/Inspirational Performance:  Bishop Hezekiah Walker - "Every Praise" - Walker takes folks to church in this hand-clapping, foot-stomping track that reminds us to give thanks. (Photo: Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Super Bowl)

Best Gospel/Inspirational Performance: Shirley Caesar -"God Will Make Away " - Despite its gentle beginning, Caesar?s arresting voice assures us that God has a plan to get us through our toughest times.  (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for BET)

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Best Gospel/Inspirational Performance: Shirley Caesar -"God Will Make Away " - Despite its gentle beginning, Caesar?s arresting voice assures us that God has a plan to get us through our toughest times.  (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for BET)

Tye Tribbett @tyetribbett - Tweet: #stillnowords #tmmrwisnotpromised #love&forgivewhileyoucan #myauntie:( #gone http://instagram.com/p/eNLHeZAu_b/  (Photo: Sony Music)

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Tye Tribbett @tyetribbett - Tweet: #stillnowords #tmmrwisnotpromised #love&forgivewhileyoucan #myauntie:( #gone http://instagram.com/p/eNLHeZAu_b/ (Photo: Sony Music)

Best Gospel/Inspirational Performance: John P. Kee - "Life & Favor" - This emotionally-stirring song reflects on Kee?s testimony of living in the favor of God---a story we can all identify with.   (Photo: Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Stellar Awards)

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Best Gospel/Inspirational Performance: John P. Kee - "Life & Favor" - This emotionally-stirring song reflects on Kee?s testimony of living in the favor of God---a story we can all identify with.  (Photo: Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Stellar Awards)

Best Hip Hop Song of The Year

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Best Hip Hop Song of The Year

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Best Hip Hop Song of The Year: Wale feat. Tiara Thomas - "Bad" - This lusty track with acoustic guitar and a languid hip-hop beat became the thug love type of duet that?s been in short supply this decade. (Photo: Johnny Nunez/WireImage)

Darling Nicki - Lil Wayne turned an underground Queens rapper into a star when he signed Nicki Minaj to his label Young Money, also in 2009. He's executive produced both of Nicki's platinum-plus releases, Pink Friday and Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, and Onika has become one of the biggest stars in the rap game with a unique commercial appeal.(Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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Darling Nicki - Lil Wayne turned an underground Queens rapper into a star when he signed Nicki Minaj to his label Young Money, also in 2009. He's executive produced both of Nicki's platinum-plus releases, Pink Friday and Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, and Onika has become one of the biggest stars in the rap game with a unique commercial appeal.(Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

The New Dream Team — February 10, 2013  - After a lengthy hiatus from music, Justin took on the 2013 Grammys with a big band inspired performance of "Pusher Love Girl" and "Suit & Tie" with a special appearance from none other than one of his musical partners in crime, Jay-Z. (Photo: Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS)

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The New Dream Team — February 10, 2013  - After a lengthy hiatus from music, Justin took on the 2013 Grammys with a big band inspired performance of "Pusher Love Girl" and "Suit & Tie" with a special appearance from none other than one of his musical partners in crime, Jay-Z. (Photo: Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS)

Reese’s Perfect Combo Award (Best Collabo, Duo or Group): Kendrick Lamar, Drake — "Poetic Justice" - Compton’s finest Kendrick Lamar is looking to take home yet another award for the hypnotic single, which partners him with the undisputed hip hop prince, Drake.  (Photos from left: Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Samsung, Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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Reese’s Perfect Combo Award (Best Collabo, Duo or Group): Kendrick Lamar, Drake — "Poetic Justice" - Compton’s finest Kendrick Lamar is looking to take home yet another award for the hypnotic single, which partners him with the undisputed hip hop prince, Drake. (Photos from left: Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Samsung, Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Ready for the Hook Now - Almost on cue, Miguel stepped on stage to assist J. Cole with the chorus to "Power Trip." Right on, guys.(Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for BET)

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Ready for the Hook Now - Almost on cue, Miguel stepped on stage to assist J. Cole with the chorus to "Power Trip." Right on, guys.(Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for BET)

Best Hip Hop Song of The Year: Drake - "Started From The Bottom"  - Drake's bouncy track speaks to the dreamers, up-all-nighters and hustlers who are hell-bent on making it to the top. (Photo: Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

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Best Hip Hop Song of The Year: Drake - "Started From The Bottom"  - Drake's bouncy track speaks to the dreamers, up-all-nighters and hustlers who are hell-bent on making it to the top. (Photo: Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

Best R&B/Soul Female Artist 

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Best R&B/Soul Female Artist 

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Best R&B/Soul Female Artist: Alicia Keys - Over 10 years in music and Alicia Keys is still music's Girl of Fire. (Photo: WENN.com)

Best R&B/Soul Female Artist: Chrisette Michele  - Chrisette Michele made it clear that she was Better than her soul music competition. (Photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

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Best R&B/Soul Female Artist: Chrisette Michele  - Chrisette Michele made it clear that she was Better than her soul music competition. (Photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Best R&B/Soul Female Artist: Fantasia  - Following a string of personal hardship, the former American Idol winner reclaimed the top spot with her chart-topping fourth studio album, Side Effects of You(Photo: Cindy Ord/BET/Getty Images for BET)

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Best R&B/Soul Female Artist: Fantasia  - Following a string of personal hardship, the former American Idol winner reclaimed the top spot with her chart-topping fourth studio album, Side Effects of You(Photo: Cindy Ord/BET/Getty Images for BET)

Best R&B/Soul Female Artist: Janelle Mon?e - Mon?e left walking on the "Tightrope" to become a "Q.U.E.E.N"Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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Best R&B/Soul Female Artist: Janelle Mon?e - Mon?e left walking on the "Tightrope" to become a "Q.U.E.E.N"Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Ms. Ambassador - Kelly also makes time to aid the less fortunate. In 2008, she was named ambassador for MTV's Staying Alive Foundation, which fights discrimination against HIV and AIDS victims. The singer visited projects in Tanzania and Kenya to promote the charity.    (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for GLAAD)

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Ms. Ambassador - Kelly also makes time to aid the less fortunate. In 2008, she was named ambassador for MTV's Staying Alive Foundation, which fights discrimination against HIV and AIDS victims. The singer visited projects in Tanzania and Kenya to promote the charity.   (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for GLAAD)

Best R&B/Soul Female Artist: Tamar Braxton  - The powerhouse R&B vocalist proved she wasn't just Toni Braxton's baby sister. (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for BET)

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Best R&B/Soul Female Artist: Tamar Braxton  - The powerhouse R&B vocalist proved she wasn't just Toni Braxton's baby sister. (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for BET)

Best R&B/Soul Male Artist 

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Best R&B/Soul Male Artist 

Best R&B/Soul Male Artist: Bruno Mars - Bruno Mars continued his musical winning streak with an eclectic mix of retro-influenced R&B, pop and dance hits. (Photo: Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for EIF)

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Best R&B/Soul Male Artist: Bruno Mars - Bruno Mars continued his musical winning streak with an eclectic mix of retro-influenced R&B, pop and dance hits. (Photo: Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for EIF)

Best R&B/Soul Male Artist: Charlie Wilson - Music's favorite Uncle Charlie still has it! After three decades of hit-making, the Soul Train Legend made it clear he's still outstanding.(Photo: Mark Davis/Getty Images for BET)

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Best R&B/Soul Male Artist: Charlie Wilson - Music's favorite Uncle Charlie still has it! After three decades of hit-making, the Soul Train Legend made it clear he's still outstanding.(Photo: Mark Davis/Getty Images for BET)

Chris Brown - Chris Brown may have hosted one of the most famous love triangles to date with his yo-yoing from Rihanna to Karrueche Tran. Breezy admitted that he was "in love with two women" in a 2012 video and has played his part in letting the drama unfold on social media.(Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for BET)

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Chris Brown - Chris Brown may have hosted one of the most famous love triangles to date with his yo-yoing from Rihanna to Karrueche Tran. Breezy admitted that he was "in love with two women" in a 2012 video and has played his part in letting the drama unfold on social media.(Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for BET)

All of Me Tour - John Legend will be giving his all in soulful harmonies for an intimate acoustic concert set. The unplugged show will be a winner for the coupled up who want to share in the romance of Legend's recent nuptials.To plan that magical summer night, go to www.johnlegend.com.Photo: D Dipasupil/Getty Images)

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All of Me Tour - John Legend will be giving his all in soulful harmonies for an intimate acoustic concert set. The unplugged show will be a winner for the coupled up who want to share in the romance of Legend's recent nuptials.To plan that magical summer night, go to www.johnlegend.com.Photo: D Dipasupil/Getty Images)

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Best R&B/Soul Male Artist: Miguel - A string of hit records and a critically acclaimed album, helped Miguel become one of R&B's biggest stars. (Photo: Mark Davis/Getty Images)

Best R&B/Soul Male Artist: Robin Thicke - The soul singer left the deep slow jams behind for the pop charts and he scored big(Photo: D Dipasupil/BET/Getty Images for BET)

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Best R&B/Soul Male Artist: Robin Thicke - The soul singer left the deep slow jams behind for the pop charts and he scored big(Photo: D Dipasupil/BET/Getty Images for BET)

Album Of The Year 

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Album Of The Year 

Album Of The Year: Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience - After a seven year hiatus, Justin Timberlake returned with a classic R&B/pop album. (Photo: RCA/Sony) 

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Album Of The Year: Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience - After a seven year hiatus, Justin Timberlake returned with a classic R&B/pop album. (Photo: RCA/Sony) 

Album of the Year –  Kendrick Lamar, good kid, m.A.A.d city - good kid, m.A.A.d city set the tone for Kendrick Lamar's rule. K. Dot's major label debut is a rap feast that resonates for showing the Compton rapper's artistic maturity without sacrificing his underground roots. (Photo: Interscope Records)

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Album of the Year –  Kendrick Lamar, good kid, m.A.A.d city - good kid, m.A.A.d city set the tone for Kendrick Lamar's rule. K. Dot's major label debut is a rap feast that resonates for showing the Compton rapper's artistic maturity without sacrificing his underground roots. (Photo: Interscope Records)

Album Of The Year: Miguel: Kaleidoscope Dream  - Miguel's sophomore album had everyone singing his praises---including a clueless Kelly Clarkson at the 2013 Grammy Awards   (Photo: RCA Records) 

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Album Of The Year: Miguel: Kaleidoscope Dream  - Miguel's sophomore album had everyone singing his praises---including a clueless Kelly Clarkson at the 2013 Grammy Awards (Photo: RCA Records) 

Album of the Year: Jay Z – Magna Carta Holy Grail - Jay Z didn't just shake up the world with his new age marketing scheme for the release of Magna Carta Holy Grail but he delivered one of the most introspective and sophisticated albums of his career. (Photo: RocNation)

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Album of the Year: Jay Z – Magna Carta Holy Grail - Jay Z didn't just shake up the world with his new age marketing scheme for the release of Magna Carta Holy Grail but he delivered one of the most introspective and sophisticated albums of his career. (Photo: RocNation)

Album Of The Year: Fantasia - Side Effects Of You - With help from UK based producer Harmony Samuels, Fantasia created a career defining studio album.   (Photo: 19 recordings, RCA Records, Sony Music Group)

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Album Of The Year: Fantasia - Side Effects Of You - With help from UK based producer Harmony Samuels, Fantasia created a career defining studio album. (Photo: 19 recordings, RCA Records, Sony Music Group)

Album Of The Year: Rihanna- Unapologetic  - On her seventh album, the best-selling Barbadian pop princess made it clear she's wasn't afraid to live her life without apologies. (Photo: Def Jam Records) 

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Album Of The Year: Rihanna- Unapologetic  - On her seventh album, the best-selling Barbadian pop princess made it clear she's wasn't afraid to live her life without apologies. (Photo: Def Jam Records) 

Song Of The Year 

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Song Of The Year 

Song Of The Year: Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell & T.I. - "Blurred Lines"  - The blue-eyed soul singer had the world grooving to his summertime anthem.  (Photo: Star Trak)  

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Song Of The Year: Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell & T.I. - "Blurred Lines"  - The blue-eyed soul singer had the world grooving to his summertime anthem. (Photo: Star Trak)  

Song Of The Year: Rihanna - "Diamonds" - The Barbadian pop singer shined bright on the Billboard charts with her double platinum chart-topping single.(Photo: Def Jam Records)

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Song Of The Year: Rihanna - "Diamonds" - The Barbadian pop singer shined bright on the Billboard charts with her double platinum chart-topping single.(Photo: Def Jam Records)

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Chris Brown - "Fine China" - Breezy did just fine with this song.(Photo: RCA)

Song Of The Year: Tamar Braxton - "Love and War" - Braxton paints a clear picture of triumph and pain on her sophomore album's title track.  (Photo: EPIC Records)

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Song Of The Year: Tamar Braxton - "Love and War" - Braxton paints a clear picture of triumph and pain on her sophomore album's title track. (Photo: EPIC Records)

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Kendrick Lamar ft. Drake - "Poetic Justic" - The Compton emcee smoothed things out with this certified hit.(Photo: Interscope)

Song Of The Year: Justin Timberlake ft. Jay Z - "Suit and Tie"  - Timberlake and Hov team up for this grown and sexy record that had even thugs on their suit and tie-ish.  (Photo: RCA/Sony)

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Song Of The Year: Justin Timberlake ft. Jay Z - "Suit and Tie"  - Timberlake and Hov team up for this grown and sexy record that had even thugs on their suit and tie-ish. (Photo: RCA/Sony)

The Ashford And Simpson Songwriters Award

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The Ashford And Simpson Songwriters Award

J. Cole, @JColeNC - Tweet: "Unreal"Not only did J. Cole get to put on a hot show for his fans at Madison Square Garden on his birthday (Jan. 28), but he got a special gift from his mentor Jay Z. The rap king turned Cole World's concert into a chaining ceremony when he adorned the young MC with his original Roc medallion. #nowhesreallypowertripping(Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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J. Cole, @JColeNC - Tweet: "Unreal"Not only did J. Cole get to put on a hot show for his fans at Madison Square Garden on his birthday (Jan. 28), but he got a special gift from his mentor Jay Z. The rap king turned Cole World's concert into a chaining ceremony when he adorned the young MC with his original Roc medallion. #nowhesreallypowertripping(Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter's Award - "Fire We Make" - (Alicia Keys, Andrew Wansel, Warren Felder, Gary Clark Jr.) - Alicia Keys was truly a Girl on Fire with this steamy duet with veteran R&B crooner Maxwell.   (Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

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The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter's Award - "Fire We Make" - (Alicia Keys, Andrew Wansel, Warren Felder, Gary Clark Jr.) - Alicia Keys was truly a Girl on Fire with this steamy duet with veteran R&B crooner Maxwell. (Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter's Award: "Love and War" - (Tamar Braxton. LaShawn Daniels, Makeba Riddick) - Tamar Braxton shares the dynamic of her real life relationship in this chart-topping power ballad.  (Photo: Maury Phillips/Getty Images)

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The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter's Award: "Love and War" - (Tamar Braxton. LaShawn Daniels, Makeba Riddick) - Tamar Braxton shares the dynamic of her real life relationship in this chart-topping power ballad. (Photo: Maury Phillips/Getty Images)

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The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter's Award: "Mirrors" - (Justin Timberlake, Timothy Mosley, Jerome Harmon, James Fauntleroy) - Justin Timberlake's poignant lyrical dedication to his late grandparents yielded a platinum certified hit.   (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for BET)

The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter's Award: "Q.U.E.E.N." -(Janelle Monae Robinson, Nathaniel Irvin III, Charles Joseph II, Kellis Parker Jr, Roman GianArthur Irvin) - With the help of neo-soul songstress Erykah Badu, Janelle Monae shimmied her message of freedom and rebellion across the funky track.   (Photo: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for Bud Light)

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The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter's Award: "Q.U.E.E.N." -(Janelle Monae Robinson, Nathaniel Irvin III, Charles Joseph II, Kellis Parker Jr, Roman GianArthur Irvin) - With the help of neo-soul songstress Erykah Badu, Janelle Monae shimmied her message of freedom and rebellion across the funky track. (Photo: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for Bud Light)

Best Dance Performance

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Best Dance Performance

"Forever Love" - Robin ends his LP-length love note to Paula with a torch song. Punctuated notes are pushed out of a piano with the singer letting his estranged wife know that no matter what happens there will always be love between them.   (Photo: Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

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"Forever Love" - Robin ends his LP-length love note to Paula with a torch song. Punctuated notes are pushed out of a piano with the singer letting his estranged wife know that no matter what happens there will always be love between them.  (Photo: Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

Best Dance Performance: Ciara - "Body Party" - Ciara proved she's the queen of the dance floor in the video for her body-roll inducing hit R&B single. (Photo: Mark Davis/Getty Images for BET)

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Best Dance Performance: Ciara - "Body Party" - Ciara proved she's the queen of the dance floor in the video for her body-roll inducing hit R&B single. (Photo: Mark Davis/Getty Images for BET)

Best Dance Performance: Chris Brown - "Fine China"  - Chris Brown executes the Michael Jackson-inspired dance moves in this video with such ease, it?s clear he did his homework. (Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for BET)

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Best Dance Performance: Chris Brown - "Fine China"  - Chris Brown executes the Michael Jackson-inspired dance moves in this video with such ease, it?s clear he did his homework. (Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for BET)

All Hail the Queens - Erykah Badu and Janelle Monáe have an all-out jam session with “Q.U.E.E.N." (Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images for BET)

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All Hail the Queens - Erykah Badu and Janelle Monáe have an all-out jam session with “Q.U.E.E.N." (Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images for BET)

Best Dance Performance: Justin Timberlake feat. Jay Z - "Suit and Tie"  - JT and the celebrated rapper/mogul show fans how to effortlessly two-step in a three-piece suit.  (Photo: Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

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Best Dance Performance: Justin Timberlake feat. Jay Z - "Suit and Tie"  - JT and the celebrated rapper/mogul show fans how to effortlessly two-step in a three-piece suit. (Photo: Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Best Dance Performance: Bruno Mars - "Treasure" - Bruno Mars shows off his smooth moves in this retro-centric video.(Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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Best Dance Performance: Bruno Mars - "Treasure" - Bruno Mars shows off his smooth moves in this retro-centric video.(Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Video Of The Year 

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Video Of The Year 

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Video of The Year: Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell & T.I. - "Blurred Lines" - Sexy, bold and controversial are just three words that could describe Robin Thicke's romper room style video for his infectious hit single. (Photo: Star Trak) 

Video of The Year: Chris Brown- "Fine China" - Inspired by the moves of the late Michael Jackson, Chris Brown created a dance-heavy video that was the perfect tribute to the King of Pop. (Photo: Jive Records)

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Video of The Year: Chris Brown- "Fine China" - Inspired by the moves of the late Michael Jackson, Chris Brown created a dance-heavy video that was the perfect tribute to the King of Pop. (Photo: Jive Records)

Tamar Braxton - "Love and War" - Tamar held it down with her fair share of new music this year.(Photo: EPIC Records)

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Tamar Braxton - "Love and War" - Tamar held it down with her fair share of new music this year.(Photo: EPIC Records)

Video of The Year: Kendrick Lamar ft. Drake - "Poetic Justice" - The West Coast rapper elevated his hit single with a video that played out like a hood-love tragedy.  (Photo: Interscope Records)

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Video of The Year: Kendrick Lamar ft. Drake - "Poetic Justice" - The West Coast rapper elevated his hit single with a video that played out like a hood-love tragedy. (Photo: Interscope Records)

Video of The Year: Janelle Mon?e feat. Erykah Badu - "Q.U.E.E.N."   - The reigning queen of The Wondaland Art Society and E. Badu brought funk to life in this artistic video.  (Photo: Atlantic Records)

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Video of The Year: Janelle Mon?e feat. Erykah Badu - "Q.U.E.E.N."   - The reigning queen of The Wondaland Art Society and E. Badu brought funk to life in this artistic video. (Photo: Atlantic Records)

Drake - "Started From the Bottom" - The millenial anthem of the year.(Photo: Young Money)

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Drake - "Started From the Bottom" - The millenial anthem of the year.(Photo: Young Money)

Best Collaboration 

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Best Collaboration 

Best Collaboration: Alicia Keys feat. Maxwell - "Fire We Make"  - The award winning singers heated things up with this steamy slow jam off Keys' critically acclaimed 2012 album, Girl on Fire.   (Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

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Best Collaboration: Alicia Keys feat. Maxwell - "Fire We Make"  - The award winning singers heated things up with this steamy slow jam off Keys' critically acclaimed 2012 album, Girl on Fire. (Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

33. Brandy ft. Chris Brown "Put It Down" - Brandy teamed up with Chris Brown for her comeback single, ?Put It Down.? (Photo: RCA Records)

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33. Brandy ft. Chris Brown "Put It Down" - Brandy teamed up with Chris Brown for her comeback single, ?Put It Down.? (Photo: RCA Records)

Best Collaboration: J. Cole feat. Miguel - "Power Trip"  - The Roc Nation rapper and the R&B singer prove themselves a powerful match on this hit single off Cole's sophomore album, Born Sinner.(Photos: Roc Nation) 

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Best Collaboration: J. Cole feat. Miguel - "Power Trip"  - The Roc Nation rapper and the R&B singer prove themselves a powerful match on this hit single off Cole's sophomore album, Born Sinner.(Photos: Roc Nation) 

Rockin' Good Time - The song wouldn't be complete without Erykah Badu! Both queens linked up to close out the show. BET Awards 2013 was another incredible night!(Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images for BET)

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Rockin' Good Time - The song wouldn't be complete without Erykah Badu! Both queens linked up to close out the show. BET Awards 2013 was another incredible night!(Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images for BET)

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Miguel ft. Kendrick Lamar - "How Many Drinks?" (Remix) - This song was mixed so well that these two performed it at the BET Awards. (Photo: RCA Records)

Best Collaboration: Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell & T.I - "Blurred Lines" - Style, swag and soul. These gents proved to be the perfect combination on this retro-centric hit.(Photo: Star Trak)

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Best Collaboration: Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell & T.I - "Blurred Lines" - Style, swag and soul. These gents proved to be the perfect combination on this retro-centric hit.(Photo: Star Trak)

Wale ft. Sam Dew - "LoveHate Thing" - Wale stepped it up on this smash.  (Photo: Maybach Music Group) 

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Wale ft. Sam Dew - "LoveHate Thing" - Wale stepped it up on this smash. (Photo: Maybach Music Group) 

Best International Performance

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Best International Performance

Best International Performance: Emeli Sand? - Next To Me  - Emeli Sand? delighted music listeners with her single "Next To Me". The single brought Sand? to fore of the music scene in 2013 and became her first record to chart on the  Billboard Hot 100. 

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Best International Performance: Emeli Sand? - Next To Me  - Emeli Sand? delighted music listeners with her single "Next To Me". The single brought Sand? to fore of the music scene in 2013 and became her first record to chart on the  Billboard Hot 100. 

Best International Performance: Bunji Garlin - "Differentology"   - The Trinidadian soca singer had fans ready for Carnival season when he released his iTunes top ten single back in 2012.   (Photo: VP Records)

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Best International Performance: Bunji Garlin - "Differentology"  - The Trinidadian soca singer had fans ready for Carnival season when he released his iTunes top ten single back in 2012.  (Photo: VP Records)

Best International Performance: Machel Montano - "The Fog"  - High energy soca singer Machel Montano brought the heat with this faced paced cut off his 2013 album, Machelements (Volume 1).  (Photo: Reuters /ANDREA DE SILVA /LANDOV)

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Best International Performance: Machel Montano - "The Fog" - High energy soca singer Machel Montano brought the heat with this faced paced cut off his 2013 album, Machelements (Volume 1). (Photo: Reuters /ANDREA DE SILVA /LANDOV)

Best International Performance: P-Square - "Personally"   - Nigerian singing duo and identical twin brothers Peter and Paul Okoye got fans personally attached to their catchy and addictive 2013 single.(Photo: P Square Music)

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Best International Performance: P-Square - "Personally" - Nigerian singing duo and identical twin brothers Peter and Paul Okoye got fans personally attached to their catchy and addictive 2013 single.(Photo: P Square Music)

Best International Performance: Iyanya - "Ur Waist"  - With help from singer Emma Nyra, Nigerian recording artist Iyanya debuted at No.7 on Afro-Hits' August 2013 Afrobreakers Chart with the 2012 single off his sophomore album, Iyanya vs. Desire.(Photo: Made Men Music Group)

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Best International Performance: Iyanya - "Ur Waist" - With help from singer Emma Nyra, Nigerian recording artist Iyanya debuted at No.7 on Afro-Hits' August 2013 Afrobreakers Chart with the 2012 single off his sophomore album, Iyanya vs. Desire.(Photo: Made Men Music Group)

Best Traditional Jazz Performance

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Best Traditional Jazz Performance

Best Traditional Jazz Performance: George Benson feat. Wynton Marsalis - "Unforgettable" - Paying musical homage to the late Nat King Cole, George Benson?s cover of ?Unforgettable? featuring the noted jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, was just that. (Photos from left: EPA/Britta Pedersen /LANDOV, Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for HBO)

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Best Traditional Jazz Performance: George Benson feat. Wynton Marsalis - "Unforgettable" - Paying musical homage to the late Nat King Cole, George Benson?s cover of ?Unforgettable? featuring the noted jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, was just that. (Photos from left: EPA/Britta Pedersen /LANDOV, Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for HBO)

Best Traditional Jazz Performance: Jeffrey Osborne feat. Chaka Khan - "Baby its Cold Outside" - Osborne teams up with the 2009 Soul Train Legend Award recipient for a cover of the classic Holiday tune. (Photos from left: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images, Maury Phillips/Getty Images for BET)

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Best Traditional Jazz Performance: Jeffrey Osborne feat. Chaka Khan - "Baby its Cold Outside" - Osborne teams up with the 2009 Soul Train Legend Award recipient for a cover of the classic Holiday tune. (Photos from left: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images, Maury Phillips/Getty Images for BET)

Best Traditional Jazz Performance: Tony Bennett feat. Marc Anthony - "For Once In My Life" - Past Soul Train Award winner and legendary crooner, Tony Bennett teamed up with the latin pop star for this single off his Spanish-language album, Viva Duets. (Photos from left: Michael Kovac/Getty Images, Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)

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Best Traditional Jazz Performance: Tony Bennett feat. Marc Anthony - "For Once In My Life" - Past Soul Train Award winner and legendary crooner, Tony Bennett teamed up with the latin pop star for this single off his Spanish-language album, Viva Duets. (Photos from left: Michael Kovac/Getty Images, Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)

Best Traditional Jazz Performance: Nicole Henry - "Waiting In Vain" - The Miami-based jazz vocalist proves she?s knows a thing a two about classic soul, with this cut off her album, So Good, So Right: Nicole Henry Live: Classic Songs of the '70s. (Photo: Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

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Best Traditional Jazz Performance: Nicole Henry - "Waiting In Vain" - The Miami-based jazz vocalist proves she?s knows a thing a two about classic soul, with this cut off her album, So Good, So Right: Nicole Henry Live: Classic Songs of the '70s. (Photo: Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

Best Traditional Jazz Performance: Terrence Blanchard - "Pet Step Sister?s Theme Song" - Blanchard and his stellar band, including drummer Kendrick Scott and Cuban pianist Fabian Almazon and saxophonist Brice Winston get things moving with this swinging tune off his latest album, Magnetic. (Photo: Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

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Best Traditional Jazz Performance: Terrence Blanchard - "Pet Step Sister?s Theme Song" - Blanchard and his stellar band, including drummer Kendrick Scott and Cuban pianist Fabian Almazon and saxophonist Brice Winston get things moving with this swinging tune off his latest album, Magnetic. (Photo: Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

Best Contemporary Jazz Performance

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Best Contemporary Jazz Performance

Best Contemporary Jazz Performance: Jose James - "Trouble"  - Known for performing and blending modern jazz and hip-hop, Jose James gets into a little trouble on the lead single off his fourth studio album, No Beginning No End.  (Photo: Janette Beckman/Redferns)

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Best Contemporary Jazz Performance: Jose James - "Trouble"  - Known for performing and blending modern jazz and hip-hop, Jose James gets into a little trouble on the lead single off his fourth studio album, No Beginning No End. (Photo: Janette Beckman/Redferns)

Best Contemporary Jazz Performance: Boney James feat. Rick Braun - "Batucada (The Beat)" - The one-time Soul Train Awards nominee and acclaimed smooth jazz saxophonist, picks up his second nod with the first single of his 14th studio album, The Beat. (Photo: Peter Sherman/Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images) 

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Best Contemporary Jazz Performance: Boney James feat. Rick Braun - "Batucada (The Beat)" - The one-time Soul Train Awards nominee and acclaimed smooth jazz saxophonist, picks up his second nod with the first single of his 14th studio album, The Beat. (Photo: Peter Sherman/Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images) 

Best Contemporary Jazz Performance: Michael Bubl? ? It?s A Beautiful Day - Released as the lead single off Bubl??s eighth studio album, To Be Loved, ?It?s A Beautiful Day? became an international hit, charting in the top ten in nine countries, including the United States, U.K. and France.   (Photo: Luca Teuchmann/Getty Images)

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Best Contemporary Jazz Performance: Michael Bubl? ? It?s A Beautiful Day - Released as the lead single off Bubl??s eighth studio album, To Be Loved, ?It?s A Beautiful Day? became an international hit, charting in the top ten in nine countries, including the United States, U.K. and France. (Photo: Luca Teuchmann/Getty Images)

Best Contemporary Jazz Performance: Dave Koz ? "Got To Get You Into My Life" - Regarded as a premiere smooth jazz saxophonist, Dave Koz teamed up with the legendary Earth, Wind & Fire for this horn-heavy single off his album Dave Koz & Friends ? Summer Horns.   (Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive)

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Best Contemporary Jazz Performance: Dave Koz ? "Got To Get You Into My Life" - Regarded as a premiere smooth jazz saxophonist, Dave Koz teamed up with the legendary Earth, Wind & Fire for this horn-heavy single off his album Dave Koz & Friends ? Summer Horns. (Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive)

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Best Contemporary Jazz Performance: George Duke - "Missing You" - The late jazz musician gets sentimental on this Rachelle Ferrell assisted piano-driven ballad off his last studio album, Dreamweaver. (Photo: Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images) 

Best Independent R&B/Soul Performance

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Best Independent R&B/Soul Performance

Best Independent R&B/Soul Performance: Ashanti - "Never Should Have" - After a five-year hiatus from music, the proclaimed Princess of R&B resurfaced with this self-penned reflection of life after dealing with a no-good lover.  (Photo: Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

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Best Independent R&B/Soul Performance: Ashanti - "Never Should Have" - After a five-year hiatus from music, the proclaimed Princess of R&B resurfaced with this self-penned reflection of life after dealing with a no-good lover. (Photo: Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

Best Independent R&B/Soul Performance: Brian McKnight - "Sweeter" - For over two decades Brian McKnight has proven to be what?s good in the world of R&B, and this romantic ballad proved that his music has only gotten sweeter with time.  (Photo: Bob Levey/Getty Images)

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Best Independent R&B/Soul Performance: Brian McKnight - "Sweeter" - For over two decades Brian McKnight has proven to be what?s good in the world of R&B, and this romantic ballad proved that his music has only gotten sweeter with time. (Photo: Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Best Independent R&B/Soul Performance: Kenny Lattimore - "Find A Way" - Regarded as a noted R&B singer, Lattimore marked the 2012 launch of his indie record label SincereSoul Records, with the release of this smooth groove which became a Urban AC radio hit. (Photo: Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

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Best Independent R&B/Soul Performance: Kenny Lattimore - "Find A Way" - Regarded as a noted R&B singer, Lattimore marked the 2012 launch of his indie record label SincereSoul Records, with the release of this smooth groove which became a Urban AC radio hit. (Photo: Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

Best Independent R&B/Soul Performance: Maysa - "Love Me Good"  - The Baltimore songstress made it clear she isn?t shy about asking her man for what she needs on the first single off her critically acclaimed tenth solo studio album, Blue Velvet Soul. (Photo: Riccardo Savi/WireImage for NARAS)

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Best Independent R&B/Soul Performance: Maysa - "Love Me Good"  - The Baltimore songstress made it clear she isn?t shy about asking her man for what she needs on the first single off her critically acclaimed tenth solo studio album, Blue Velvet Soul. (Photo: Riccardo Savi/WireImage for NARAS)

Best Independent R&B/Soul Performance: Raheem DeVaughn - "Love Connection"  - The acclaimed R&B/soul singer sent fans on a trip to A Place Called Loveland with this Carvin & Ivan produced jam.  (Photo: Mychal Watts/WireImage)

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Best Independent R&B/Soul Performance: Raheem DeVaughn - "Love Connection"  - The acclaimed R&B/soul singer sent fans on a trip to A Place Called Loveland with this Carvin & Ivan produced jam. (Photo: Mychal Watts/WireImage)

Best Independent R&B/Soul Performance: Ron Isley - "Dinner and A Movie" - With over five decades in music to his name, the 2010 Soul Train Legend Award recipient returned after a three year break with this falsetto laced mid-tempo tune.   (Photo:Jason Miller/Getty Images for Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame)

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Best Independent R&B/Soul Performance: Ron Isley - "Dinner and A Movie" - With over five decades in music to his name, the 2010 Soul Train Legend Award recipient returned after a three year break with this falsetto laced mid-tempo tune.   (Photo:Jason Miller/Getty Images for Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame)