Ashanti tops Soul Train noms

Chanteuse also to receive Aretha Franklin Award

See nomineesWith five nominations, singer Ashanti leads the pack for the eighth annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards. The late Aaliyah received four and Alicia Keys three for the honors that will be presented Aug. 24 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.

Nominated in the new artist category, Ashanti’s self-titled debut disc (Universal/Murder Inc. Records) is up for R&B/Soul album and her song “Foolish” will contend for song of the year; R&B/Soul or rap, solo; and musicvideo — “Foolish.”

Mary J. Blige, Destiny’s Child, Exhale and Isyss Featuring Jadakiss received two nominations each.

Ashanti will also receive the Aretha Franklin Award for entertainer of the year. The Lena Horne Award, for outstanding career achievements, will be presented Angela Bassett.

Jill Scott and Shemar Moore, who will host the kudosfest with Arsenio Hall, announced the nominations Tuesday in Beverly Hills. Radio programmers, active recording artists and retail personnel vote on the awards.

And the Lady of Soul nominees are …

R&B/Soul Single, Solo

Rock The Boat – Aaliyah
A Woman’s Worth – Alicia Keys
Foolish – Ashanti
Brown Skin – India.Arie

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

>Pootie Tangin’ – 702
Emotion – Destiny’s Child
Chillin’ In Your Benz – Exhale
Day & Night – Isyss featuring Jada Kiss

R&B/Soul Album of the Year, Solo

Aaliyah – Aaliyah
Songs In A Minor – Alicia Keys
Ashanti – Ashanti
No More Drama – Mary J. Blige

R&B/Soul Album of the Year, Group, Band or Duo

Sunny Days – Allure
Survivor – Destiny’s Child

R&B/Soul or Rap Song of the Year

Rock The Boat – Aaliyah
Fallin’ – Alicia Keys
Foolish – Ashanti
Family Affair – Mary J. Blige

R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist, Solo

Foolish – Ashanti
Nothing In This World – Keke Wyatt featuring Avant
Addictive – Truth Hurts featuring Rakim
Oops (Oh My) – Tweet

R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist, Group, Band or Duo

Everyday’s A Party – Damozel
Still Not Over You – Exhale
Night & Day – Isyss featuring Jadakiss

R&B/Soul or Rap Music Video

Rock The Boat – Aaliyah
Foolish – Ashanti
One Minute Man – Missy Misdemeanor Elliott
Told Y’All – Trina

Gospel Album

Cece Winans – Cece Winans
My Everything – Helen Baylor
God Is Faithful – La Shun Pace
Believe – Yolanda Adams

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