This year's nominees of Soul Train Awards have been unveiled. New mum Alicia Keys leads the pack alongside Usher with four nods each, Drake follows closely with three and Nicki Minaj scores two. The other musicians who receive double kudos are Erykah Badu, Dondria, Janelle Monae, Fantasia Barrino and Sade.
Alicia and Drake are up against each other in Album of the Year. Her "Element of Freedom" and his "Thank Me Later" are on a bid to win the prize with such competitors as Usher's "Raymond vs. Raymond", Sade's "Soldier of Love" and Erykah's "New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh)".
Nicki, meanwhile, competes for Best New Artist, going head to head with the other newcomers such as Melanie Fiona, B.o.B, Dondria and Wale. The Young Money member additionally has a chance to win Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year, battling Eminem, Rick Ross, Drake, Big Boi and T.I..
Winners will be announced in a ceremony to be held on November 10 at Atlanta's Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre and aired on November 28 at 9 P.M. ET/PT on BET and Centric. This year's Legends Awards recipients are veteran singers Ron Isley and Anita Baker. R. Kelly will open the show, and duo Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson will host. Rick Ross, Cee-Lo and Keyshia Cole are among the musical guests.
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