The 2013 Soul Train Award Nominees (EXCLUSIVE)

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    What’s up world? The 2013 Soul Train Awards are coming up and we got all the nominees for you.

    I caught up with Paxton Baker, the Executive Vice President over at CENTRIC, and found out everything you want to know about this year’s Soul Train Awards, which will be filmed on November 8th in Las Vegas.

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    If you were watching The Wendy Williams Show, then you know our friend Anthony Anderson is this year’s host.

    “Anthony Anderson is a great, young star from Compton, CA, and as the first host in Soul Train Awards history originally from the west coast, we think he will bring a different aesthetic to the show that has yet to be presented. We look forward to his smart comedy and capturing his unique ability to resonate with diverse audiences,” Paxton explained.

    As far as the nominees go, Kendrick Lamar leads the way this year with 6 noms. CENTRIC’s VP knows this will bring in a younger audience to the Soul Train Awards:

    Good Kid m.A.A.D City is a modern urban classic displaying compelling and powerful new beats and sounds. It would be the hope that it will bring in a younger audience.”

    So from the looks of it, this year’s Soul Train Awards is shaping up to continue in tradition and bring in a younger, fresher audience, “By continuing to provide a creative mix of young and upcoming stars and classic legends; a spoonful of soul, funk, rhythm and blues. Set against the backdrop of the magical city of Las Vegas, where dreams can come true.”

    The 2013 Soul Train Awards will be aired on December 1st on BET and CENTRIC. Now check below for the nominees.

    2013 Soul Train Awards – Nominees & Categories

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    Best New Artist

    Bridget Kelly

    K. Michelle

    Kendrick Lamar

    Tamar Braxton


    Centric Certified Award

    Joss Stone

    Luke James

    Lyfe Jennings


    Stacy Barthe

    Talib Kweli

    Best Gospel/Inspirational Performance

    Break Every Chain – Tasha Cobbs

    Confessions- Lecrae

    Every Praise – Hezekiah Walker

    God Will Make Away – Shirley Caesar

    If He Did It Before…Same God – Tye Tribbett

    Life & Favor – John P. Kee

    Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year

    Bad – Wale feat. Tiara Thomas

    High School – Nicki Minaj feat. Lil Wayne

    Holy Grail – Jay Z feat. Justin Timberlake

    Poetic Justice – Kendrick Lamar feat. Drake

    Power Trip – J. Cole feat. Miguel

    Started From the Bottom – Drake

    Best R&B/Soul Female Artist

    Alicia Keys

    Chrisette Michelle


    Janelle Monae

    Kelly Rowland

    Tamar Braxton

    Best R&B/Soul Male Artist

    Bruno Mars

    Charlie Wilson

    Chris Brown

    John Legend


    Robin Thicke

    Album of the Year

    20/20 Experience, The – Justin Timberlake

    Good Kid, M.A.A.D City – Kendrick Lamar

    Kaleidoscope Dream – Miguel

    Magna Carta…Holy Grail – Jay-Z

    The Side Effects of You – Fantasia

    Unapologetic – Rihanna

    Song of the Year

    Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell & T.I.

    Diamonds -Rihanna

    Fine China – Chris Brown

    Love and War – Tamar Braxton

    Poetic Justice – Kendrick Lamar feat. Drake

    Suit & Tie – Justin Timberlake feat. Jay Z

    The Ashford and Simpson Songwriter’s Award

    Crooked Smile – J.Cole (Jermaine Cole, Meleni Smith)

    Fire We Make – Alicia Keys feat. Maxwell (Alicia Keys, Andrew Wansel, Warren Felder, Gary

    Clark Jr.)

    Lose to Win – Fantasia (Andrea Martin, Harmony Samuels, Fantasia Barrino, Courtney Harrell,

    Emeli Sande)

    Love & War – Tamar Braxton (Tamar Braxton. LaShawn Daniels, Makeba Riddick)

    Mirrors – Justin Timberlake (Justin Timberlake, Timothy Mosley, Jerome Harmon, James


    Q.U.E.E.N. – Janelle Monae feat. Erykah Badu (Janelle Monae Robinson, Nathaniel Irvin III,

    Charles Joseph II, Kellis Parker Jr, Roman GianArthur Irvin)

    Best Dance Performance

    Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke

    Body Party – Ciara

    Fine China – Chris Brown

    Q.U.E.E.N. – Janelle Monae feat. Erykah Badu

    Suit & Tie – Justin Timberlake feat. Jay Z

    Treasure – Bruno Mars

    Video of the Year

    Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell & T.I. (Diane Martel)

    Fine China – Chris Brown (Chris Brown, Sylvain White)

    Love & War – Tamar Braxton (Walid Azami)

    Poetic Justice – Kendrick Lamar feat. Drake (The Lil Homie, Dave Free, and Dangerookipawaa)

    Q.U.E.E.N. – Janelle Monae feat. Erykah Badu (Alan Ferguson)

    Started from the Bottom – Drake (Director X)

    Best Collaboration

    Alicia Keys feat. Maxwell – Fire We Make

    Brandy feat. Chris Brown – Put It Down

    J.Cole feat. Miguel – Power Trip

    Janelle Monae feat. Erykah Badu – Q.U.E.E.N.

    Miguel feat. Kendrick Lamar – How Many Drinks

    Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell & T.I. – Blurred Lines

    Wale feat. Sam Dew – LoveHate Thing

    Best International Performance (

    Differentology – Bunji Garlin

    The Fog – Machel Montano

    Next To Me – Emeli Sande

    Personally – P-Square

    Ur Waist – Iyanya

    Best Traditional Jazz Performance (

    George Benson feat. Wynton Marsalis – Unforgettable

    Jeffrey Osborne feat. Chaka Khan – Baby its Cold Outside

    Tony Bennett feat. Marc Anthony – For Once In My Life

    Nicole Henry – Waiting In Vain

    Terrence Blanchard – Pet Step Sister’s Theme Song

    Best Contemporary Jazz Performance (

    Jose James – Trouble

    Boney James feat. Rick Braun – Batucada (The Beat)

    Michael Buble – It’s A Beautiful Day

    Dave Koz – Got To Get You Into My Life

    George Duke – Missing You

    Best Independent R&B/Soul Performance (

    Ashanti – Never Should Have

    Brian McKnight – Sweeter

    Kenny Lattimore – Find A Way

    Maysa – Love Me Good

    Raheem DeVaughn – Love Connection

    Ronald Isley – Dinner And A Movie

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