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NEW YORK (AP) — R. Kelly is nominated for two awards at this year's Soul Train Awards, making him the most nominated act ever at the awards show.

Kelly is up for the Ashford & Simpson songwriter's award and album of the year, bringing his career total to 21 nominations.

Usher leads this year's awards with five nominations. Estelle, Nas, Trey Songz and John Legend are also multiple nominees.

Whitney Houston is nominated for best gospel inspirational performance and Amy Winehouse is nominated for best international performance. New Edition will receive a lifetime achievement award.

The Soul Train Awards, hosted by Cedric the Entertainer, will be taped Nov. 8 at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. The show will air Nov. 25 on BET and Centric.

Check out the full list of nominees below:

Best New Artist

Elle Varner

Emeli Sande

J. Cole

Luke James

Robert Glasper

Centric Award


Esperanza Spalding

Gary Clark Jr.

Leah Labelle


Best Gospel/Inspirational Performance

BeBe Winans- “America America”

Fred Hammond- “I Feel Good”

Marvin Sapp- “My Testimony”

Mary Mary- “Go Get It”

Whitney Houston and Jordin Sparks- “Celebrate”

Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year

2 Chainz ft. Drake- “No Lie”

Wale ft. Miguel- “Lotus Flower Bomb”

Nas- “Daughters”

Kanye West ft. Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz – “Mercy”

Young Jeezy ft. Ne-Yo- “Leave You Alone”

Best R&B/Soul Female Artist



Keyshia Cole

Mary J. Blige

Melanie Fiona

Best R&B/Soul Male Artist


Robin Thicke

Trey Songz



Album of the Year

The One – Eric Benet

Channel Orange -Frank Ocean

Life Is Good -Nas

Write Me Back -R. Kelly

Looking For Myself -Usher

Song of the Year

Estelle- “Thank You”

John Legend ft. Ludacris- “Tonight (Best You Ever Had)”

Trey Songz- “Heart Attack”

Tyrese- “Stay”

Usher- “Climax”

Wale ft. Miguel- “Lotus Flower Bomb”

The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award

“Thank You”-Estelle

(Writers: Arden Altino, Akene “The Champ” Dunkley, Jerry Duplessis, Doug F. Edwards, Thomas D. Richardson, Aliaune Thiam)

“Tonight (Best You Ever Had)” -John Legend ft. Ludacris

(Writers: Allen Arthur, Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges, Keith Justice, Miguel Pimentel “Miguel”, Clayton Reilly, John Stephens)


(Writers: Nasir Jones, Ernest D. Wilson, Patrick Adams, Gary DeCarlo, Dale Frashuer, Paul Leka)

“Share My Love”-R. Kelly

(Writer: Robert Kelly)

“Climax” -Usher

(Writers: Usher Raymond IV, Sean “Redd Stylez” Fenton, Thomas “Diplo” Pentz, Ariel Rechtshaid)

Best Dance Performance

Beyoncé- “Love On Top”

Chris Brown- “Turn Up The Music”

Nicki Minaj- “Starships”

Rihanna- “Where Have You Been”

Usher- “Scream”

Best Caribbean Performance*

Cover Drive – “Bajan Style”

Damien “Junior Gong” Marley- “SuperHeavy”

Jimmy Cliff- “Rebirth”

Matisyahu – “Spark Seeker”

Sean Paul – “Tomahawk Technique”

Best International Performance*

Amy Winehouse- “Our Day Will Come”

Daley ft. Marsha Ambrosius- “Alone Together”

Emeli Sande- “Next To Me”

Estelle- “Thank You”

Gotye ft. Kimbra- “Somebody (That I Used To Know)”

Rebecca Ferguson- “Nothing’s Real But Love”

Best Traditional Jazz Artist/Group*

Chris Botti- Impressions

Kenny Garrett- Seeds From The Underground

Melody Gardot- The Absence

The Robert Glasper Experiment – Black Radio

Tony Bennett- Isn’t It Romantic

Best Contemporary Jazz Artist/Group*

Ben Tankard- Full Tank

Brian Culbertson- DREAMS

Cassandra Wilson- Another Country

Esperanza Spalding- Radio Music Society

Peter White- Here We Go


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