The best of BMI's urban music stars topped the list of nominees for the 21st Annual Soul Train Music Awards, which honor the biggest acts of soul, r&b and hip-hop. The awards, determined by a panel of radio programmers, artists and retailers, will be handed out March 10 in Pasadena, Calif., at a ceremony co-hosted by singers LeToya and Omarion.
- Chris Brown
- John Legend
R&B singer Chris Brown, neo-soul artist John Legend, "Crazy" duo Gnarls Barkley, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Ne-Yo and rapper Yung Joc came in with two nominations apiece, with Legend, Brown and Ne-Yo vying for the Best R&B/Soul Single trophy.
- Gnarls Barkley
- Yung Joc
- Kirk Franklin
Gnarls Barkley, whose release St. Elsewhere is up for Best R&B/Soul Album, Group, Band or Duo, will compete against the Pussycat Dolls for Best R&B/Soul Single, Group, Band or Duo.
Harlem rappers Webstar & Young B hope to collect the Best R&B/Soul or Rap Dance Cut award with their breakout single, "Chicken Noodle Soup," while gospel giant Kirk Franklin's Songs from the Storm, Volume I looks to beat Youth for Christ's The Struggle is Over for Best Gospel Album.
BMI's 2007 Soul Train Music Award nominees:
Best R&B/Soul Single, Male
"Yo (Excuse Me Miss)"
Best R&B/Soul Single, Group, Band or Duo
The Pussycat Dolls featuring Avant
Best R&B/Soul Album, Male
Best R&B/Soul Album, Group, Band or Duo
Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist
"It's Goin' Down"
The Michael Jackson Award for Best R&B/Soul or Rap Music Video
Busta Rhymes Featuring will.i.am & Kelis
"I Love My Chick"
"We Fly High"
Best R&B/Soul or Rap Dance Cut
Webstar & Young B featuring The Voice of Harlem
"Chicken Noodle Soup"
"It's Goin' Down"
Best Gospel Album
Songs from the Storm, Volume I
Youth for Christ
The Struggle is Over