R. Kelly is up for two awards at this year’s show, Album of the Year for his latest record “Write Me Back” as well as the Ashford & Simpson Songwriter's Award. He has won eight out of the 19 previous awards he was nominated for, most recently the Stevie Wonder Award for Outstanding Achievements in Songwriting at the 2006 Soul Train Awards.
Along with R. Kelly, Usher will make a strong showing at this year’s show after being nominated for five awards himself. Usher’s awards include Best R&B/Soul Male Artist and Album of the Year for his new record “Looking for Myself.”
Fans can expect to watch R. Kelly make history in November. The 2012 Soul Train Awards will be filmed Nov. 5 in Las Vegas and aired on BET and Centric Nov. 25. Cedric the Entertainer will host the awards ceremony.
Here is the complete list of the Soul Train nominees, courtesy of BET and Centric.
Best New ArtistElle VarnerEmeli SandeJ. ColeLuke JamesRobert Glasper Centric AwardDaleyEsperanza SpaldingGary Clark Jr.Leah LabelleSantigold Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year2 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 ArtistBeyoncéEstelleKeyshia ColeMary J. BligeMelanie Fiona Best R&B/Soul Male ArtistMiguelRobin ThickeTrey SongzTyreseUsher Album of the YearEric Benet, The OneFrank Ocean, Channel OrangeNas, Life Is GoodR. Kelly, Write Me BackUsher, Looking For Myself Song of the YearEstelle, “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”