Chris Brown Leads 2011 Soul Train Awards Nominees

Nominees for the third annual Soul Train Awards were announced earlier today (October 20th, 201), with Chris Brown leading the pack. After having a brilliant comeback year, the R&B hitmaker continues his domination with five nods at the 2011 Soul Train Awards for Best Male R&B/Soul Artist, Song of the Year, Album of the Year, Record of the Year, and Best Dance Performance.

R&B superstar Beyonce is also having a strong year, with the release of her ‘4’ album as well as expecting her first child. The “Love On Top” songstress trails behind Brown with four nominations for Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Best Female R&B/Soul Artist, and Best Dance Performance. Kanye West is also up for four nominations, while Kelly Rowland, Adele, Marsha Ambrosius and Miguel each have three nominations.

This year’s Soul Train Awards will be one of the biggest yet, as it celebrates the 40th year of the Soul Train brand. Hosted by comedian Cedric the Entertainer, this year’s show will honor the careers of R&B legends Earth, Wind and Fire and Gladys Knight with this year’s Legend Award.

Confirmed performers for the show include multi-Grammy Award winning singer Natalie Cole, Jill Scott, Mindless Behavior, Robin Thicke, BeBe Winans and Joe, with The Original 7Ven, formerly known as The Time, opening the show. Questlove, of The Roots, will also perform a rendition of the “Soul Train” opening song.

The 2011 Soul Train Awards will take place on Thursday, November 17th at the Fox Theater in Atlanta, Georgia, and the show will air on both Centric and BET on Sunday, November 27 at 9PM EST.

Check out the list of nominees for the 2011 Soul Train Awards:

Best New Artist

Bruno Mars
Marsha Ambrosius
Frank Ocean

Best Male R&B/Soul Artist

Trey Songz
Chris Brown
R. Kelly
Cee Lo Green
Eric Benet

Centric Award

Raphael Saddiq
Anthony David
Aloe Blacc

Best Caribbean Performance

“Man Down” – Rihanna
“Summer Time” – Vybz Kartel
“Wotless” – Kes The Band
“Bend Over” – Machel Montano
“Delilah” – Movado

Best Gospel Performance

“I Smile” – Kirk Franklin
“Walking” – Mary Mary
“Heaven Hear My Heart” – Trin-I-Tee 5:7
“I Believe” – James Fortune ft. Shawn McLemore
“More” – Cece Winans

Album of the Year

21 – Adele
F.A.M.E – Chris Brown
4 – Beyonce
Passion Pain & Pleasure – Trey Songz
Light of the Sun – Jill Scott
Watch The Throne – Jay Z and Kanye West

Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year

“Moment for Life” – Nicki Minaj
“All of the Lights”- Kanye West ft. Rihanna
“Look at Me Now” – Chris Brown feat. Busta Rhymes and Lil’ Wayne
“Out of My Head” – Lupe Fiasco
“Otis” – Jay Z and Kanye West

Best Female R&B/Soul Artist

Kelly Rowland
Marsha Ambrosius
Jennifer Hudson
Jill Scott
Mary J. Blige

Song of the Year

“Motivation” – Kelly Rowland feat. Lil’ Wayne
“Sure Thing”- Miguel
“Rolling in the Deep” – Adele
“She Ain’t You” – Chris Brown
“All of the Lights” – Kanye West
“So In Love” – Jill Scott ft. Anthony Hamilton

Record of the Year (The Ashford and Simpson Songwriter’s Award)

“Rolling in the Deep” – Adele (Writers: Adele, Paul Epworth)
“Far Away” – Marsha Ambrosius (Writers: Marsha Ambrosius, Sterling Simms)
“Best Thing I Never Had” – Beyonce (Writers: Antonio Dixon; Kenneth Edmonds; Larry Griffin, Jr.; Beyoncé Knowles; Caleb McCampbell; Patrick Smith; Shea Taylor)
“Good Man” – Raphael Saddiq (Writers: Raphael Saadiq, Taura Stinson)
“Hold My Hand” (Duet with Akon) – Michael Jackson (Writers: Aliaune Thiam (Akon), Giorgio Tuinfort, Claude Kelly)

Best Dance Performance

“Motivation” – Kelly Rowland
“Only Girl in the World”/”What’s My Name” – Rihanna
“Run The World” – Beyonce
“She Ain’t You” – Chris Brown
“Walking” – Mary Mary
“Pretty Girl Rock” – Keri Hilson

2011 Soul Train Award Legend Award Recipients

Gladys Knight
Earth Wind and Fire

Traditional Jazz*

“In Concert On Broadway” – Harry Connick Jr.
“James Farm”- Eric Harland
“Light My Fire”- Eliane Elias
“Silver Pony”- Cassandra Wilson
“What’s It All About” – Pat Metheny

Contemporary Jazz*

“Contact” – Boney James
“Hello Tomorrow” – Dave Koz
“Rock-et Sci-ence “- Bela Fleck
“Let’s Touch The Sky”- Fourplay
“Time Together”- Michael Franks


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