Usher, Ciara Lead 'Soul Train' Nominees
Usher and Ciara lead the field for the 19th annual Soul Train Awards, pulling down five and four nominations, respectively. Ciara's "Goodies" is up for best R&B/soul single, female and best R&Usher and Ciara lead the field for the 19th annual Soul Train Awards, pulling down five and four nominations, respectively. Additionally, both artists will receive the special Sammy Davis Jr. Entertainer of the Year awards.
Usher's Laface album "Confessions" is nominated for best R&B/soul album, male, while "Confessions Part II" is up for best R&B/soul single, male. His hit single "Yeah!" featuring Ludacris and Lil' Jon is up for best R&B/soul or rap dance cut and the Michael Jackson Award for best R&B/soul or rap music video. He's also nominated in the best R&B/soul single, group, band or duo category for his duet with Alicia Keys, "My Boo."
Ciara's debut Sho'nuff-MusicLine/LaFace album, "Goodies," is up for best R&B/soul album, female, while its title track (featuring Petey Pablo) is nominated for best R&B/soul single, female and best R&B/soul or rap dance cut, and netted her a best new artist nod.
Beyoncé is also nominated for four awards, once as a solo artist, once for a duet with Luther Vandross and twice as a member of Destiny's Child.
Alicia Keys is nominated for three awards, while Prince, Jill Scott and New Edition are up for two.
Rapper-turned actor Ice Cube will receive the Quincy Jones Award for Outstanding Career Achievement during the event, which will be co-hosted by Fantasia, Nick Cannon, Brian McKnight and Nicole Richie.
The Soul Train Awards will be held Feb. 28 at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles, and taped for later syndicated broadcast. The event is being produced by Don Cornelius Productions in association with Tribune Entertainment Company.
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