Nominations for the 2012 Soul Train Awards were announced Wednesday morning and Usher leads the pack with a record-breaking five nominations. The “Lemme See” singer surpasses Michael Jackson and Beyonce with the most nods in a single year.
Usher will battle it out with other talented artists in the categories of Best R&B/Soul Male Artist, The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award and Song of the Year for “Climax”, Best Dance Performance (“Scream”) and Album of the Year (Looking For Myself).
R. Kelly is also making headlines with two nominations for The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award (“Share My Love”) and Album of the Year (Write Me Back), making him the most nominated artist in the show’s history. He has 21.
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Trey Songz, John Legend, Estelle and others were nominated for multiple awards while the late Whitney Houston and Amy Winehouse are up for Best Gospel/Inspirational Performance and Best International Performance, respectively. New Edition will receive this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
The 2012 Soul Train Awards, hosted by Cedric the Entertainer, will be taped Nov. 8 at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. The show will air Nov. 25 on BET and Centric.