Soul Train Award Nominations Announced, R. Kelly Makes History for Most Noms

The nominations are in for the 2012 Soul Train Awards, and this year’s nods put it over the top for music vet R. Kelly. He’s nominated for two this year (the Ashford & Simpson songwriter’s award and Album of the Year), which totals 21 Soul Train nominations for Kelly, making him the most nominated act ever for the show.

Usher leads this year’s noms with a total of five, and New Edition will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. Cedric the Entertainer will host.

The Soul Train Awards ceremony will be held at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas and taped on Nov. 8. The show will air Nov. 25 simultaneously both BET and Centric.

And the nominees are…

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

Centric Award
Esperanza Spalding
Gary Clark Jr.
Leah Labelle

Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year
2 Chainz feat. Drake, “No Lie”
Wale feat. Miguel, “Lotus Flower Bomb”
Nas, “Daughters”
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
Eric Benet, The One
Frank Ocean, Channel Orange
Nas, Life Is Good
R. Kelly, Write Me Back
Usher, Looking For Myself

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