2012 Soul Train Awards: Usher & Estelle Lead Nominations


Usher in the lead for 2012 Soul Train Award Nominations

Usher tops the list of nominees for the 2012 Soul Train Awards with a total of five nominations , including Album of the Year for Looking for Myself and Best R&B/Soul Male Artist .

Beyoncé managed to earn two nominations, while Estelle earned three. Newcomer Frank Ocean earns a nomination for his album Channel Orange.

The show is set to air on November 25th at 9:00 pm EST and will be hosted by Cedric the Entertainer . Take a look at the full list of nominations below!

2012 Soul Train Awards Nominations List

Best New Artist

Elle Varner
Emeli Sande
J. Cole
Luke James
Robert Glasper

Centric Award

Esperanza Spalding
Gary Clark Jr.
Leah Labelle

Best Gospel/Inspirational Performance

BeBe Winans- “ America America
Fred Hammond- “ I Feel Good
Marvin Sapp- “ My Testimony
Mary Mary- “ Go Get It
Whitney Houston and Jordin Sparks- “ Celebrate

Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year

2 Chainz ft. Drake- “ No Lie
Wale ft. Miguel- “ Lotus Flower Bomb
Nas- “ Daughters
Kanye West ft. Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz – “ Mercy
Young Jeezy ft. Ne-Yo- “ Leave You Alone

Best R&B/Soul Female Artist

Keyshia Cole
Mary J. Blige
Melanie Fiona

Best R&B/Soul Male Artist

Robin Thicke
Trey Songz

Album of the Year

The One – Eric Benet
Channel Orange -Frank Ocean
Life Is Good -Nas
Write Me Back -R. Kelly
Looking For Myself -Usher

Song of the Year

Estelle- “ Thank You
John Legend ft. Ludacris- “ Tonight (Best You Ever Had)
Trey Songz- “ Heart Attack
Tyrese- “ Stay
Usher- “ Climax
Wale ft. Miguel- “Lotus Flower Bomb”

The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award

“Thank You”-Estelle
(Writers: Arden Altino, Akene “The Champ” Dunkley, Jerry Duplessis, Doug F. Edwards, Thomas D. Richardson, Aliaune Thiam)
“Tonight (Best You Ever Had)” -John Legend ft. Ludacris
(Writers: Allen Arthur, Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges, Keith Justice, Miguel Pimentel “Miguel”, Clayton Reilly, John Stephens)
(Writers: Nasir Jones, Ernest D. Wilson, Patrick Adams, Gary DeCarlo, Dale Frashuer, Paul Leka)
“Share My Love”-R. Kelly
(Writer: Robert Kelly)
“Climax” -Usher
(Writers: Usher Raymond IV, Sean “Redd Stylez” Fenton, Thomas “Diplo” Pentz, Ariel Rechtshaid)

Best Dance Performance

Beyoncé- “ Love On Top
Chris Brown- “ Turn Up The Music
Nicki Minaj- “ Starships
Rihanna- “ Where Have You Been
Usher- “ Scream

Best Caribbean Performance*

Cover Drive – “ Bajan Style
Damien “Junior Gong” Marley- “ SuperHeavy
Jimmy Cliff- “ Rebirth
Matisyahu – “ Spark Seeker
Sean Paul – “ Tomahawk Technique

Best International Performance*

Amy Winehouse- “ Our Day Will Come
Daley ft. Marsha Ambrosius- “ Alone Together
Emeli Sande- “ Next To Me
Estelle- “ Thank You
Gotye ft. Kimbra- “Somebody (That I Used To Know)”
Rebecca Ferguson- “ Nothing’s Real But Love

Best Traditional Jazz Artist/Group*

Chris Botti- Impressions
Kenny Garrett- Seeds From The Underground
Melody Gardot- The Absence
The Robert Glasper Experiment – Black Radio
Tony Bennett- Isn’t It Romantic

Best Contemporary Jazz Artist/Group*

Ben Tankard- Full Tank
Brian Culbertson- DREAMS
Cassandra Wilson- Another Country
Esperanza Spalding- Radio Music Society
Peter White- Here We Go

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