Janet Jackson and Toni Braxton copped four nominations each Tuesday to lead contenders for the eighth annual Soul Train Music Awards.

Jackson’s “That’s the Way Love Goes” and Braxton’s “Breathe Again” picked up bids for female rhythm and blues single and song of the year, with the singers’ respective discs “janet” and “Toni Braxton” receiving noms for female R&B album of the year.

Special nod to Houston

Tony! Toni! Tone! scored three nominations, trailed by Whitney Houston, who earned a pair of noms and will also receive the Sammy Davis Jr. Award as entertainer of the year.

Babyface and Dr. Dre checked in with two noms each. Barry White will receive the Heritage Award for career achievement.

March fete

The awards ceremony will be March 15 at the Shrine Auditorium and will be syndicated nationally by Tribune Entertainment.

The nominees:

R&B SINGLE, FEMALE

Oleta Adams, “I Just Had to Hear Your Voice”

Toni Braxton, “Breathe Again”

Whitney Houston, “I Have Nothing” (from “The Bodyguard”)

Janet Jackson, “That’s the Way Love Goes”

R&B SINGLE, MALE

Babyface, “Never Keeping Secrets”

Tevin Campbell, “Can We Talk”

Dr. Dre, “Nothin’ but a ‘G’ Thang”

Luther Vandross, “Heaven Knows”

R&B SINGLE,

GROUP, BAND OR DUO

H-Town, “Knockin’ da Boots”

Jodeci, “Lately”

Tony! Toni! Tone!, “Anniversary”

Vanessa Williams-Brian McKnight, “Love Is” (from “Beverly Hills, 90210″)

R&B ALBUM OF THE YEAR, FEMALE

Toni Braxton, “Toni Braxton”

Mariah Carey, “Music Box”

Janet Jackson, “janet”

Tina Turner, “What’s Love Got to Do With It” (soundtrack)

R&B ALBUM OF THE YEAR, MALE

Babyface, “For the Cool in You”

Tevin Campbell, “I’m Ready”

The artist formerly known as Prince, “The Hits: B-Sides”

Luther Vandross, “Never Let Me Go”

R&B ALBUM OF THE YEAR,

GROUP, BAND OR DUO

Earth, Wind & Fire, “Millennium”

Intro, “Intro”

Silk, “Lose Control”

Tony! Toni! Tone!, “Sons of Soul”

RAP ALBUM

Arrested Development, “Unplugged”

Digable Planets, “Reachin’ (A New Refutation of Time and Space)”

Naughty by Nature, “19 Naughty III”

Onyx, “Back … Up”

JAZZ ALBUM

George Benson, “Love Remembers”

Terence Blanchard, “Malcolm X: The Original Score”

Fourplay, “Between the Sheets”

Kenny G, “Breathless”

GOSPEL ALBUM

Shirley Caesar, “Stand Still”

Kirk Franklin and the Family, “Kirk Franklin and the Family”

Mississippi Mass Choir, “It Remains to Be Seen”

The Winans, “All Out”

R&B SONG OF THE YEAR

Toni Braxton, “Breathe Again”

Whitney Houston, “I Will Always Love You” (from “The Bodyguard”)

Janet Jackson, “That’s the Way Love Goes”

Tony! Toni! Tone!, “Anniversary”

R&B NEW ARTIST

Angie & Debbie, “Light of Love”

H-Town, “Knockin’ da Boots”

Tag Team, “Whomp! (There It Is)”

Xscape, “Just Kickin’ It”

R&B MUSIC VIDEO

Arrested Development, “Mr. Wendal”

Toni Braxton, “Breathe Again”

Dr. Dre, “Nothin’ but a ‘G’ Thang”

Janet Jackson, “If”

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