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Ashanti Is Soul Train's Leading 'Lady'

With five nominations, including best R&B/soul or rap new artist for her single "Foolish," Ashanti leads the field for this year's Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards. The late Aaliyah earned four nomi

With five nominations, including best R&B/soul or rap new artist for her single "Foolish," Ashanti leads the field for this year's Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards. The late Aaliyah earned four nominations, followed by another newcomer, Alicia Keys, with three for the eighth annual honors, which will take place Aug. 24 at the Pasadena (Calif.) Civic Auditorium.

"Foolish" -- which topped Billboard's Hot 100 for 10 straight weeks -- is responsible for three more of Ashanti's nominations: R&B/soul single, solo; R&B/soul album of the year, solo; and R&B/soul or rap song of the year. The song's supporting video is also up for a R&B/soul or rap music video award. The self-titled Murder Inc./Def Jam album from which the single originated debuted on top of Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and The Billboard 200.

Two of Aaliyah's nominations came for "Rock the Boat" -- R&B/soul single, solo and R&B/soul song of the year, while the supporting video is nominated in the R&B/soul or rap music video category. Her self-titled Blackground/Virgin album is up in the R&B/soul album of the year. Keys, meanwhile, received notices for her songs "A Woman's Worth" (R&B/soul single, solo) and "Fallin'" (R&B/soul or rap song), as well as for her J Records album "Songs in A Minor" (R&B/soul album).

Mary J. Blige, Destiny's Child, Exhale, and Isyss featuring Jadakiss each received two nominations. Additionally, Ashanti will receive the Aretha Franklin Entertainer of the Year Award and actress Angela Bassett will be honored with the Lena Horne Award for outstanding career achievements.

The Aug. 24 event will be co-hosted by Arsenio Hall, Jill Scott, and "Soul Train" host Shemar Moore, and will be broadcast live on KTLA Los Angeles and nationally through the Tribune Broadcasting show's affiliates.

For the full list of Soul Train Lady of Soul nominations, click here.


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