Usher, Keys Top Soul Train Awards

Usher collected four statuettes, and a special honorary award, en route to becoming the top winner at the Soul Train Music Awards. The 19th annual ceremony was staged last night (Feb. 28) at Paramount

Usher collected four statuettes, and a special honorary award, en route to becoming the top winner at the Soul Train Music Awards. The 19th annual ceremony was staged last night (Feb. 28) at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles.

Heading the list of nominees with five, Usher took home awards for best R&B/soul single, male ("Confessions Part II"), best R&B/soul or rap dance cut ("Yeah!"), best R&B/soul album, male ("Confessions") and best R&B/soul single group, band or duo ("My Boo" with Alicia Keys).

Keys was the night's other big winner with three awards. In addition to her win for "My Boo," the artist garnered best R&B/soul single, female ("If I Ain't Got You") and best R&B/soul album, female ("The Diary of Alicia Keys").

Both Usher and Ciara were the male and female recipients of the 2005 Sammy Davis, Jr. Entertainer of the Year Award. Ciara was also named best R&B/soul or rap new artist for "Goodies" with Petey Pablo.

The evening's other special honoree was Ice Cube. A founding member of N.W.A. and Westside Connection, the rapper received the Quincy Jones Award for outstanding career achievements. Although's he's made inroads in film as an actor/writer/director, Ice Cube said backstage that he's "never retiring from hip-hop. It's in my blood. Don't let the suit I have on fool you."

The 19th annual Soul Train Music Awards were hosted by Brian McKnight, Fantasia, Nick Cannon and Nicole Richie. The program will air in first-run, national syndication on March 12 via Tribune Entertainment Company Distribution.

Here is the complete list of Soul Train Awards winners:

R&B/soul single, female: "If I Ain't Got You," Alicia Keys.
R&B/soul single, male: "Confessions Part II," Usher.
R&B/soul single, group, band or duo: "My Boo," Usher and Alicia Keys.
R&B/soul album, female: "The Diary of Alicia Keys," Alicia Keys.
R&B/soul album, male: "Confessions," Usher.
R&B/soul album group, band or duo: "Destiny Fulfilled," Destiny's Child.
R&B/soul or rap new artist: "Goodies," Ciara.
R&B/soul or rap music video: "99 Problems," Jay-Z.
R&B/soul or rap dance cut: "Yeah!," Usher featuring Ludacris & Lil Jon.
Gospel album: "Live from Another Level," Israel & New Breed.


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