With three nominations each, Ashanti and Amerie lead the field for the 2003 Soul Train Music Awards. The R&B newcomers are each listed in the best female R&B/soul album and R&B/soul single

With three nominations each, Ashanti and Amerie lead the field for the 2003 Soul Train Music Awards. The R&B newcomers are each listed in the best female R&B/soul album and R&B/soul single categories, while Ashanti's self-titled Murder Inc./Def Jam debut is up for R&B/soul or rap album of the year. Amerie is also up for best new artist.

Floetry, Justin Timberlake, Musiq, B2K, and Nelly each earned two nominations. The awards will be handed out March 1 at the Pasadena (Calif.) Civic Center in a ceremony hosted by Queen Latifah and Arsenio Hall. The show will be broadcast live in first-run national syndication in the U.S.

Along with Ashanti's album and Amerie's "All I Have" (Rise/Columbia), the female R&B/soul album lists Mary J. Blige's "No More Drama 2002" (MCA) and Angie Stone's "Mahogany Soul" (J). The corresponding male category boasts albums by Gerald Levert ("The G Spot," Elektra), Jaheim ("Still Ghetto," Divine Mill/WB), Musiq ("Juslisen," Def Soul/Island), and Justin Timberlake ("Justified," Jive).

Dionne Warwick, LL Cool J, and Nelly will be honored with special awards presented during the ceremony. Warwick and LL Cool J will receive the female and male Quincy Jones Awards for Outstanding Career Achievements. Meanwhile, the Sammy Davis, Jr. Award for Entertainer of the Year will be bestowed upon Nelly.

Click here to see the full list of Soul Train Music Awards nominees.

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