R. Kelly leads the list of nominees for the 20th annual Soul Train Music Awards, announced today (Feb. 2) by Tyrese and actress Vivica Fox at Spago restaurant in Beverly Hills, Calif.

R. Kelly leads the list of nominees for the 20th annual Soul Train Music Awards, announced today (Feb. 2) by Tyrese and actress Vivica Fox at Spago restaurant in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Kelly's three nominations include two for his "Trapped in the Closet" saga (best R&B/soul single, male and best R&B/soul or rap video) and best male R&B/soul album for "TP.3 Reloaded." Among the other multiple nominees are Mariah Carey, Charlie Wilson, John Legend, Keyshia Cole, Missy Elliott and the Black Eyed Peas. Newcomer Chris Brown scored his first Soul Train nomination in the best R&B/soul or rap new artist category.

Kelly will also receive the first-ever Stevie Wonder Award for outstanding career achievements in songwriting by Wonder himself. Quincy Jones will present the Quincy Jones Award for outstanding career achievements to Destiny's Child and Jamie Foxx. The evening's other special honoree will be John Legend, who will receive the Sammy Davis Jr. Award for entertainer of the year.

The Soul Train Music Awards are determined by radio programmers, artists and retailers. They will be taped March 4 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, Calif., and will air in national syndication the week of March 11-19.

Here are the 2006 Soul Train Music Awards nominees:

Best R&B/Soul Single, Female:
Mariah Carey, "We Belong Together"
Keyshia Cole, "I Should Have Cheated"
Alicia Keys, "Unbreakable"
Gwen Stefani, "Hollaback Girl"

Best R&B/Soul Single, Male:
R. Kelly, "Trapped in the Closet (Chapter 1 of 5)"
John Legend, "Ordinary People"
Bobby Valentino, "Slow Down"
Charlie Wilson, "Charlie, Last Name Wilson"

Best R&B/Soul Single, Group, Band or Duo"
Destiny's Child, "Cater 2 U"
Floetry featuring Common, "Supastar"
Nina Sky featuring Pitbull, "Turnin' Me On"
Pussycat Dolls featuring Busta Rhymes, "Don't Cha"

Best R&B/Soul Album, Female:
Mariah Carey, "The Emancipation of Mimi"
Keyshia Cole, "The Way It Is"
Faith Evans, "The First Lady"
Fantasia, "Free Yourself"

Best R&B/Soul Album, Male:
Anthony Hamilton, "Soulife"
R. Kelly, "TP.3 Reloaded"
John Legend, "Get Lifted"
Charlie Wilson, "Charlie, Last Name Wilson"

Best R&B/Soul Album, Group, Band or Duo:
112, "Pleasure & Pain"
Black Eyed Peas, "Monkey Business"
Earth, Wind & Fire, "Illumination"
Mint Condition, "Livin' the Luxury Brown"

Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist:
Chris Brown, "Run It"
Leela James, "Music"
Lyfe Jennings, "Must Be Nice"
Bobby Valentino, "Slow Down"

The Michael Jackson Award for Best R&B/Soul or Rap Music Video:
Common, "Testify"
Missy Elliott featuring Ciara & Fat Man Scoop, "Lose Control"
R. Kelly, "Trapped in the Closet (Chapter 1 of 5)"
Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx, "Gold Digger"

Best R&B/Soul or Rap Dance Cut:
Black Eyed Peas, "My Humps"
Missy Elliott featuring Ciara & Fat Man Scoop, "Lose Control"
Gwen Stefani, "Hollaback Girl"
Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx, "Gold Digger"

Best Gospel Album:
Kurt Carr Project, "One Church"
Kirk Franklin, "Hero"
Donnie McClurkin, "Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs"
CeCe Winans, "Purified"

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