The 2012 Soul Train Awards is headed to Sin City for its annual celebration of music and honors.

R&B veteran R. Kelly makes history as the most nominated artist in Soul Train Awards History, surpassing

both Michael Jackson and Beyoncé with 21 total nominations in his career. He also has two nods for Ashford

& Simpson Songwriter’s award and Album of the Year. Usher has the most nods, with five potential awards

including Song of the Year and Album of the Year.

British songbird Estelle leads the ladies with three nominations including Song of the Year for “Thank You”

and Best Female Soul/R&B Artist. Rapper Nas also receives three nominations, including Album of the Year

for Life is Good. Trey Songz, John Legend, Tyrese and Wale will compete in the Song of the Year category.

The late Whitney Houston and Amy Winehouse each received a posthumous nomination: Whitney Houston

in the Best Gospel Inspirational Performance category for her collaboration with Jordin Sparks on “Celebrate”

from the Sparkle soundtrack, and Amy Winehouse in the Best International Performance Category for “Our

Day Will Come.” A Lifetime Achievement Award will also be presented to New Edition

Emanating from Planet Hollywood’s PH in Las Vegas, the event will be hosted by funny man Cedric the

Entertainer. The line-up of artists set to perform is soon to be announced. Catch the 2012 Soul Train Music

Awards on BET and Centric Sunday, November 25th at 9pm.

Check 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 feat. Drake-No Lie
Wale feat. Miguel-Lotus Flower Bomb
Kanye West feat. Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz-Mercy
Young Jeezy feat. 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 feat. Ludacris-Tonight (Best You Ever Had)
Trey Songz- Heart Attack
Wale feat. 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 feat. Ludacris (Writers: Allen Arthur, Christopher

“Ludacris” Bridges, Keith Justice, Miguel Pimentel “Miguel”, Clayton Reilly, John Stephens)
Daughters-Nas (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 Awards: 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 feat. Marsha Ambrosius-Alone Together
Emeli Sande-Next To Me
Estelle-Thank You
Gotye feat. 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




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