Common Receives Three Nominations For the Soul Train Awards, D'Angelo Gets Two

The Weeknd, Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars lead the nominations for the Soul Train Music Awards with five nominations each. They are followed by Beyonce, Chris Brown, Jidenna and Tyrese with four.

Veteran artists did make the cut in a number of categories with Common (born Che Smith) receiving three nominations for Song of the Year, the Ashford & Simpson Songwriter's Award and Best Collaboration, all for the song Freedom from the movie Selma. D'Angelo is up for two, R&B/Soul Male Artists and Album of the Year (for Black Messiah). Janet Jackson is up for R&B/Soul Female Artist while Fred Hammond, Kirk Franklin and Marvin Sapp are all up for Gospel and/or Inspirational Song.

In the realm of the Soul Train Awards, "Song" refers to the single or track unlike in other awards where it is the prize for songwriting. The Soul Train Awards have a separate category for songwriting.

The Soul Train Awards will be given out on November 29 from the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.

The nominees:

BEST NEW ARTIST
  • Alessia Cara
  • DeJ Loaf
  • Jidenna
  • Jussie Smollett
  • Tinashe
BEST R&B/SOUL MALE ARTIST
  • Chris Brown
  • D’Angelo
  • The Weeknd
  • Trey Songz
  • Tyrese
BEST R&B/SOUL FEMALE ARTIST
  • Beyoncé
  • Janelle Monáe
  • Janet Jackson
  • Jill Scott
  • Tamar Braxton
CENTRIC CERTIFIED AWARD
  • Avant
  • Chrisette Michele
  • The Internet
  • Tyrese
  • Vivian Green
VIDEO OF THE YEAR
  • 7/11 - Beyoncé 
  • Classic Man - Jidenna ft. Roman Gianarthur 
  • Alright - Kendrick Lamar 
  • Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars 
  • Earned It (from the Fifty Shades Of Grey soundtrack) - The Weeknd 
BEST GOSPEL AND/OR INSPIRATIONAL SONG
  • More Love - Erica Campbell 
  • I Will Trust - Fred Hammond ft. Breeann Hammond 
  • Wanna Be Happy? - Kirk Franklin 
  • All I Need Is You - Lecrae 
  • Yes You Can - Marvin Sapp 
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
  • X - Chris Brown 
  • Black Messiah - D’Angelo and The Vanguard 
  • Woman - Jill Scott 
  • Beauty Behind The Madness - The Weeknd 
  • Black Rose - Tyrese 
BEST HIP-HOP SONG OF THE YEAR
  • Blessings - Big Sean ft. Drake & Kanye West 
  • IDFWU - Big Sean ft. E-40 
  • Trap Queen - Fetty Wap 
  • Alright - Kendrick Lamar 
  • Truffle Butter - Nicki Minaj ft. Drake & Lil Wayne 
SONG OF THE YEAR
  • Glory (from the motion picture Selma) - Common & John Legend 
  • Classic Man - Jidenna ft. Roman Gianarthur 
  • Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars 
  • B***h Better Have My Money - Rihanna 
  • Earned It (from the Fifty Shades Of Grey soundtrack) - The Weeknd 
THE ASHFORD & SIMPSON SONGWRITER’S AWARD
  • Glory (from the motion picture Selma) – Written by: Lonnie Rashid Lynn, John Roger Stephens and Che Smith (Common & John Legend)
  • Apparently: – Written by: Jermaine L. Cole, Damon Coleman, Filippo Trecca (J. Cole)
  • Uptown Funk – Written by: Mark Ronson, Rudolph Taylor, Lonnie Simmons, Philip Martin Lawrence Ii, Peter Gene Hernandez, Jeffrey Nath Bhasker, Nicholaus Joseph Williams, Devon Christopher Gallaspy, Robert Lynn Wilson, Charles K. Wilson, Ronnie Wilson (Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars)
  • Earned It (from the Fifty Shades Of Grey soundtrack) – Written by: Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye, Ahmad “Belly” Balshe, Jason Quenneville, Stephan Moccio (The Weeknd)
  • Shame – Written by: Warryn S. Campbell Ii, Sam Dees, Tyrese Darnell Gibson, Ron Kersey, De Wayne Julius Rogers (Tyrese)
BEST DANCE PERFORMANCE
  • 7/11 - Beyoncé 
  • Ayo - Chris Brown & Tyga 
  • Yoga - Janelle Monáe & Jidenna 
  • Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars 
  • Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) - Silento 
BEST COLLABORATION
  • Blessings - Big Sean ft. Drake & Kanye West 
  • Glory (from the motion picture Selma) - Common & John Legend 
  • Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars 
  • Feeling Myself - Nicki Minaj ft. Beyoncé 
  • Post To Be - Omarion ft. Chris Brown & Jhené Aiko 


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