Keys shows her Soul

Prodigy nabs four Soul Train Music Awards noms

HOLLYWOOD — R&B prodigy Alicia Keys paced the nominations race for the 16th annual Soul Train Music Awards, garnering four noms for her debut album “Songs in A Minor.”

Nominations were announced Thursday by Faith Evans and Shemar Moore at a press confab at Paramount.

Trailing Keys with three noms apiece were India.Arie, the Isley Brothers and the late Aaliyah. Destiny’s Child, Jagged Edge and Jaheim took two each.

Keys, India.Arie and Aaliyah will go head-to-head in two categories: female R&B/soul single and album.

Jackson’s back

Duking it out for male R&B/soul single will be Jaheim (“Just in Case”), Brian McKnight (“Love of My Life”), Musiq Soulchild (“Love”) and Usher (“U Got It Bad”). Jaheim, Soulchild and Usher join Michael Jackson as contenders for male R&B/soul album.

Meanwhile, 112 (“112”), Destiny’s Child (“Survivor”), the Isley Brothers (“Eternal”) and Jagged Edge (“Jagged Little Thrill”) will face off for R&B/soul album, group, band or duo.

Voted by radio-station program directors, recording artists and retail personnel, the Soul Train Music Awards have honored popular soul and R&B artists since 1987.

The 16th annual Soul Train Music Awards will be held March 20 at the L.A. Sports Arena.

And the nominees are …

R&B/Soul Single, Female

Aaliyah – “Rock the Boat”
India.Arie – “Video”
Alicia Keys – “Fallin'”
Angie Stone – “Brotha”

R&B/Soul Single, Male

Jaheim – “Just in Case”
Brian McKnight – “Love of My Life”
Musiq Soulchild – “Love”
Usher – “U Got It Bad”

R&B/Soul Single, Group and/or duo

Destiny’s Child – “Survivor”
Isley Bros. featuring Ron Isley – “Contagious”
Jagged Edge with Nelly – “Where the Party At”
*N Sync – “Gone”

R&B/Soul Album, Female

Aaliyah – “Aaliyah”
India.Arie – “Acoustic Soul”
Alicia Keys – “Songs in A Minor”
Sade – “Lovers Rock”

R&B/Soul Album, Male

Jaheim – “Getto Love”
Michael Jackson – “Invincible”
Musiq Soulchild – “Aijuswanaseing” (I Just Want to Sing)
Usher – “8701”

R&B/Soul Album, Group, Band, or Duo

112 – “112”
Destiny’s Child – “Survivor”
Isley Bros. featuring Ron Isley – “Eternal”
Jagged Edge – “Jagged Little Thrill”

R&B/Soul or Rap Album of the Year

Aaliyah – “Aaliyah”
Ja Rule – “Pain is Love”
Jay-Z – “The Blueprint”
Alicia Keys – “Songs in A Minor”

R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist

Fabolous – “Young’n (Holla Back)
India.Arie – “Video”
Alicia Keys – “Fallin'”
Bubba Sparxxx – “Ugly”

The Michael Jackson Award for Best R&B/Soul or Rap Music Video

Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott – “Get Ur Freak On”
Isley Bros. featuring Ron Isley – “Contagious”
Jay-Z – “Girls, Girls, Girls”
Busta Rhymes – “Break Ya Neck”

Gospel Album

Yolanda Adams – “The Experience”
Kim Burrell – “Live In Concert”
Donnie McClurkin – “Live in London”
Doug and Melvin Williams – “Duets”

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