2012 Soul Train Awards: Nominations


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    The list of nominations for the 2012 Soul Train Awards have been announced and Usher leads the pack with the most nods. In fact, the superstar entertainer has landed placements in not just one, two or three fields. Rather, he will be competing in a stunning five categories.

    Among the trophies for which Usher is nominated at the 2012 Soul Train awards are Album of the Year for ‘Looking 4 Myself’ and Song of the Year for ‘Climax’. The show is expected to air on November 25th at 9pm ET and hosted by Cedric the Entertainer. See the full list of nominations below:

    Best New Artist
    Elle Varner
    Emeli Sande
    J. Cole
    Luke James
    Robert Glasper

    Centric Award
    Esperanza Spalding
    Gary Clark Jr.
    Leah Labelle

    Best Gospel/Inspirational Performance
    BeBe Winans- “America America”
    Fred Hammond- “I Feel Good”
    Marvin Sapp- “My Testimony”
    Mary Mary- “Go Get It”
    Whitney Houston and Jordin Sparks- “Celebrate”

    Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year
    2 Chainz ft. Drake- “No Lie”
    Wale ft. Miguel- “Lotus Flower Bomb”
    Nas- “Daughters”
    Kanye West ft. Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz – “Mercy”
    Young Jeezy ft. Ne-Yo- “Leave You Alone”

    Best R&B/Soul Female Artist
    Keyshia Cole
    Mary J. Blige
    Melanie Fiona

    Best R&B/Soul Male Artist
    Robin Thicke
    Trey Songz

    Album of the Year
    The One – Eric Benet
    Channel Orange -Frank Ocean
    Life Is Good -Nas
    Write Me Back -R. Kelly
    Looking For Myself -Usher

    Song of the Year
    Estelle- “Thank You”
    John Legend ft. Ludacris- “Tonight (Best You Ever Had)”
    Trey Songz- “Heart Attack”
    Tyrese- “Stay”
    Usher- “Climax”
    Wale ft. Miguel- “Lotus Flower Bomb”

    The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award
    “Thank You”-Estelle
    (Writers: Arden Altino, Akene “The Champ” Dunkley, Jerry Duplessis, Doug F. Edwards, Thomas D. Richardson, Aliaune Thiam)
    “Tonight (Best You Ever Had)” -John Legend ft. Ludacris
    (Writers: Allen Arthur, Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges, Keith Justice, Miguel Pimentel “Miguel”, Clayton Reilly, John Stephens)
    (Writers: Nasir Jones, Ernest D. Wilson, Patrick Adams, Gary DeCarlo, Dale Frashuer, Paul Leka)
    “Share My Love”-R. Kelly
    (Writer: Robert Kelly)
    “Climax” -Usher
    (Writers: Usher Raymond IV, Sean “Redd Stylez” Fenton, Thomas “Diplo” Pentz, Ariel Rechtshaid)

    Best Dance Performance
    Beyoncé- “Love On Top”
    Chris Brown- “Turn Up The Music”
    Nicki Minaj- “Starships”
    Rihanna- “Where Have You Been”
    Usher- “Scream”

    Best Caribbean Performance*
    Cover Drive – “Bajan Style”
    Damien “Junior Gong” Marley- “SuperHeavy”
    Jimmy Cliff- “Rebirth”
    Matisyahu – “Spark Seeker”
    Sean Paul – “Tomahawk Technique”

    Best International Performance*
    Amy Winehouse- “Our Day Will Come”
    Daley ft. Marsha Ambrosius- “Alone Together”
    Emeli Sande- “Next To Me”
    Estelle- “Thank You”
    Gotye ft. Kimbra- “Somebody (That I Used To Know)”
    Rebecca Ferguson- “Nothing’s Real But Love”

    Best Traditional Jazz Artist/Group*
    Chris Botti- Impressions
    Kenny Garrett- Seeds From The Underground
    Melody Gardot- The Absence
    The Robert Glasper Experiment – Black Radio
    Tony Bennett- Isn’t It Romantic

    Best Contemporary Jazz Artist/Group*
    Ben Tankard- Full Tank
    Brian Culbertson- DREAMS
    Cassandra Wilson- Another Country
    Esperanza Spalding- Radio Music Society
    Peter White- Here We Go


    • MzGoodBadGirl

      beyonce havent had a cd out in how long? This chick still manages to get a nomination. I bet she still wont attend, LOL HORRIBLE

    • DOMOdotSCORE

      Congrats to Daley for his nominations! I didn’t expect that at all. He needs to come out with an album soon.

    • Jeweley girl

      Ms GoodBadGirl, Bet does this every year. Give Beyonce
      a nomination and a award for nothing because they rating
      and star power. She never shows up any way. She will
      send a video.
      a nomation

    • brunswickboy86


      Love on Top was released during the eligibility period, so it qualified to be nominated (it was also one of the biggest R&B songs of the early 2012 so of course it would be nominated)

    • brunswickboy86

      @Jeweley girl

      You sound mad…Beyonce went to the BET Awards this summer…if it wasn’t for Glastonbury she probably would of went last year

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