Posted by | Ray Cornelius

The 2013 Soul Train Music Award nominations were announced earlier today and like this year’s BET awards, a hip-hop artist is once again leading the pack.

According to the Global Grind, Kendrick Lamar is smoking the competition with six nomination including Best New Artist and Song of the Year.  Chris Brown, Miguel, Justin Timberlake and Robin Thicke are all tied with five nominations each.  Holding it down for the ladies are Tamar Braxton and Janelle Monae, who also have five nominations and will battle it out for Best R&B/Soul Female and Video of the Year.

Newcomers, Luke James and Solange are up for The Centric Certified Award as well Jose James for Best Traditional Jazz Performance.

Fantasia will go toe-to-toe against Rihanna, Jay Z, Justin Timberlake, Kendrick Lamar and Miguel for Album of the Year.  While Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” will compete for Song of the Year.

This year’s hippest trip in America will take place at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas and will be hosted by comedic actor Anthony Anderson.  The show will air on CENTRIC and BET at 9PM EST/PST December 1.

See the full list of nominations below:

Best New Artist

  • Bridget Kelly
  • K. Michelle
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Tamar Braxton
  • TGT

Centric Certified Award

  • Joss Stone
  • Luke James
  • Lyfe Jennings
  • Solange
  • Stacy Barthe
  • Talib Kweli

Best Gospel/Inspirational Performance

  • “Break Every Chain” – Tasha Cobbs
  • “Confessions” – Lecrae
  • “Every Praise” – Hezekiah Walker
  • “God Will Make Away” – Shirley Caesar
  • “If He Did It Before…Same God” – Tye Tribbett
  • “Life & Favor” – John P. Kee & New Life

Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year

  • “Bad” – Wale f. Tiara Thomas
  • “High School” – Nicki Minaj f. Lil Wayne
  • “Holy Grail” – Jay Z f. Justin Timberlake
  • “Poetic Justice” – Kendrick Lamar f. Drake
  • “Power Trip” – J. Cole f. Miguel
  • “Started From the Bottom” – Drake

The Chaka Khan Best R&B/Soul Female Artist

  • Alicia Keys
  • Chrisette Michele
  • Fantasia
  • Janelle Monae
  • Kelly Rowland
  • Tamar Braxton

Best R&B/Soul Male Artist

  • Bruno Mars
  • Charlie Wilson
  • Chris Brown
  • John Legend
  • Miguel
  • Robin Thicke

Album of the Year

  • The 20/20 Experience – Justin Timberlake
  • good kid, m.A.A.d city – Kendrick Lamar
  • Kaleidoscope Dream – Miguel
  • Magna Carta Holy Grail – Jay Z
  • The Side Effects of You – Fantasia
  • Unapologetic – Rihanna

Song of the Year

  • “Blurred Lines” – Robin Thicke f. Pharrell & T.I.
  • “Diamonds” – Rihanna
  • “Fine China” – Chris Brown
  • “Love and War” – Tamar Braxton
  • “Poetic Justice” – Kendrick Lamar f. Drake
  • “Suit & Tie” – Justin Timberlake f. Jay Z

The Ashford and Simpson Songwriter’s Award

  • “Crooked Smile” – J.Cole (Jermaine Cole, Meleni Smith)
  • “Fire We Make” – Alicia Keys f. Maxwell (Gary Clark Jr., Warren Felder, Alicia Keys, Andrew Wansel)
  • “Lose to Win” – Fantasia (Francine Golde, Dennis Lambert, Andrea Martin, Walter Orange, Harmony Samuels)
  • “Love & War” – Tamar Braxton (Tamar Braxton, Darhyl Camper Jr., LaShawn Daniels, Makeba Riddick)
  • “Mirrors” – Justin Timberlake (James Fauntleroy, Jerome Harmon, Timothy Mosley, Justin Timberlake)
  • “Q.U.E.E.N.” – Janelle Monae f. Erykah Badu (Roman GianArthur Irvin , Dr. Nathaniel Irvin III, Charles Joseph II, Janelle Monáe Robinson, Kellis Parker Jr.)

Best Dance Performance

  • “Blurred Lines” – Robin Thicke
  • “Body Party” – Ciara
  • “Fine China” – Chris Brown
  • “Q.U.E.E.N.” – Janelle Monáe f. Erykah Badu
  • “Suit & Tie” – Justin Timberlake f. Jay Z
  • “Treasure” – Bruno Mars

Video of the Year

  • “Blurred Lines” – Robin Thicke f. Pharrell & T.I. (Diane Martel)
  • “Fine China” – Chris Brown (Chris Brown, Sylvain White)
  • “Love & War” – Tamar Braxton (Walid Azami)
  • “Poetic Justice” – Kendrick Lamar f. Drake (The Lil Homie, Dave Free, and Dangeroo Kipawaa)
  • “Q.U.E.E.N.” – Janelle Monae f. Erykah Badu (Alan Ferguson)
  • “Started from the Bottom” – Drake (Director X)

Best Collaboration

  • Alicia Keys f. Maxwell – “Fire We Make”
  • Brandy f. Chris Brown – “Put It Down”
  • J.Cole f. Miguel – “Power Trip”
  • Janelle Monae f. Erykah Badu – “Q.U.E.E.N.”
  • Miguel f. Kendrick Lamar – “How Many Drinks”
  • Robin Thicke f. Pharrell & T.I. – “Blurred Lines”
  • Wale f. Sam Dew – “LoveHate Thing”

Best International Performance (

  • “Differentology” – Bunji Garlin
  • “The Fog” – Machel Montano
  • “Next To Me” – Emeli Sande
  • “Personally” – P-Square
  • “Ur Waist” – Iyanya

Best Traditional Jazz Performance (

  • George Benson f. Wynton Marsalis – “Unforgettable”
  • Jeffrey Osborne f. Chaka Khan – “Baby it’s Cold Outside”
  • Tony Bennett f. Marc Anthony – “For Once In My Life”
  • Nicole Henry – “Waiting In Vain”
  • Terence Blanchard – “Pet Step Sister’s Theme Song”

Best Contemporary Jazz Performance (

  • Jose James – “Trouble”
  • Boney James f. Rick Braun – “Batucada (The Beat)”
  • Michael Buble – “It’s A Beautiful Day”
  • Dave Koz – “Got To Get You Into My Life”
  • George Duke – “Missing You”

Best Independent R&B/Soul Performance (

  • Ashanti – “Never Should Have”
  • Brian McKnight – “Sweeter”
  • Kenny Lattimore – “Find A Way”
  • Maysa – “Love Me Good”
  • Raheem DeVaughn – “Love Connection”
  • Ronald Isley – “Dinner And A Movie”

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