2009 Soul Train Nominees Announced
Landing her first award nomination since the celebrated release of I Look To You in August, Whitney Houston will vie for a Soul Train Award in November.
While not picking up a leading four nominations like Beyoncé, Houston will face off with the “Singles Ladies (Put A Ring On It)” singer, Chrisette Michele, Ledisi and Jennifer Hudson for Soul Train’s Best R&B/Soul Artist Female Award.
Joining the aforementioned ladies, Maxwell and Keri Hilson lead this year’s Soul Train Awards with four nominations a piece.
The 2009 Soul Train Awards are due to take place November 3 in Atlanta, Georgia and will later air on Centric November 29.
Academy Award nominated talent Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson will host the revamped show, which returns on a new network (Centric) after an over two year hiatus.
Drake, Ryan Leslie, Solange, Musiq Soulchild, Raphael Saadiq, Mary Mary, Ne-Yo, Robin Thicke, Mario, Smokie Norful, Marvin Sapp, Keyshia Cole, Trey Songz, Monica and more are also nominated for awards ranging from Best New Artist to Best Collaboration.
Michael Jackson will also be honored for his contributions to music through exemplary showmanship, Jackson will be recognized with a special Entertainer of the Year Award.
The 2009 Soul Train Awards will also honor the longstanding careers and musical influences of legendary artists Chaka Khan, L.A. Reid, Charlie Wilson and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds through special music tributes.
2009 Soul Train Award Nominees
BEST NEW ARTIST
BEST R&B/SOUL ARTIST FEMALE
BEST MALE R&B/SOUL MALE
SONG OF THE YEAR
“God in Me” – Mary Mary
“Pretty Wings” – Maxwell
“Single Ladies (Put a ring on it)” – Beyonce
“Spotlight” – Jennifer Hudson
“Turnin Me On” – Keri Hilson/ ft Lil Wayne
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Beyonce – I am… Sasha Fierce (Platinum) Sony Music
Jamie Foxx – Intuition (Platinum) J Records
Kanye West – 808s & Heartbreak (Platinum) Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam
Maxwell – Blacksummer’s Night (Gold) Sony Music
Ne-Yo – Year of the Gentleman
RECORD OF THE YEAR (SONGWRITER AWARD)
Beyonce – “Single Ladies (Put a ring on it)”
Drake – “Best I ever had”
Jamie Foxx Ft/T-Pain – “Blame it”
Keri Hilson – “Knock You Down”
Maxwell – “Pretty Wings”
BEST REGGAE ARTIST AWARD
CENTRIC AWARD – SOUL APPROVED/UNDERGROUND
BEST GOSPEL PERFORMANCE MALE, FEMALE OR GROUP
BeBe and CeCe Winans – “Close To You”
Fred Hammond f/John P Kee – “They That Wait”
Marvin Sapp – “Praise Him in Advance”
Mary Mary – “God In Me”
Smokie Norful – “Justified”
Keri Hilson featuring Kanye West & Ne-Yo – “Knock you Down”
Keyshia Cole featuring Monica – “Trust”
Mario featuring Gucci Mane and Sean Garrett – “Break up”
Mary Mary featuring Kierra (KiKi) Sheard – “God In Me”
Trey Songz featuring Drake – “Successful”
ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
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