Kendrick Lamar has been nominated in six categories for the 2013 Soul Train Awards. Miguel, Justin Timberlake, Robin Thicke, Chris Brown and Tamar Braxton all landed five nominations.

The 2013 Soul Train Awards will be hosted by actor-comedian Anthony Anderson. It is scheduled to take place at The Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada November 8 and it is slated to air at 9 PM EST/PST December 1 on CENTRIC and BET. 

“We are thrilled to bring the Soul Train Awards back to Las Vegas with a star-studded lineup that honors and celebrates icons and break-through artists alike,” Paxton Baker, General Manager and Executive Vice President, CENTRIC said in a press release. “We rolled the dice and hit the jackpot with Anthony as host and are excited to see what magical moments he will bring to the Orleans Arena during this year’s Soul Train Awards.”

Kendrick Lamar was nominated in Best New Artist, Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year, Album of the Year, Video of the Year, Best Collaboration and Song of the Year categories.

The Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year category features Kendrick Lamar’s “Poetic Justice” collaboration with Drake, as well as Wale’s “Bad,” which also features singer Tiara Thomas. Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne’s “High School” also scored a nod, as did Jay Z’s “Holy Grail,” which features Justin Timberlake. The category is rounded out by J. Cole and Miguel’s “Power Trip” and Drake’s “Started From the Bottom.”

Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d city is one of the two Rap albums nominated as Album of the Year. The other is Jay Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail.

Rappers appear on three of the six songs nominated for Song of the Year. “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke f. Pharrell and T.I. earned a nomination, as did “Poetic Justice” by Kendrick Lamar and Drake. “Suit & Tie” by Justin Timberlake featuring Jay Z is the other.

The full list of 2013 Soul Train Awards categories and nominees is as follows:

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 & New Life


Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year

“Bad” – Wale f. Tiara Thomas

“High School” – Nicki Minaj f. Lil Wayne

“Holy Grail” – Jay Z f. Justin Timberlake

“Poetic Justice” – Kendrick Lamar f. Drake

“Power Trip” – J. Cole f. Miguel

“Started From the Bottom” – Drake


The Chaka Khan Best R&B/Soul Female Artist

Alicia Keys

Chrisette Michele


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

The 20/20 Experience – 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 f. Pharrell & T.I.

“Diamonds” -Rihanna

“Fine China” – Chris Brown

“Love and War” – Tamar Braxton

“Poetic Justice” – Kendrick Lamar f. Drake

“Suit & Tie” – Justin Timberlake f. Jay Z


The Ashford and Simpson Songwriter’s Award

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

“Fire We Make” – Alicia Keys f. Maxwell (Gary Clark Jr., Warren Felder, Alicia Keys, Andrew Wansel)

“Lose to Win” – Fantasia (Francine Golde, Dennis Lambert, Andrea Martin, Walter Orange, Harmony Samuels)

“Love & War” – Tamar Braxton (Tamar Braxton, Darhyl Camper Jr., LaShawn Daniels, Makeba Riddick)

“Mirrors” – Justin Timberlake (James Fauntleroy, Jerome Harmon, Timothy Mosley, Justin Timberlake)

“Q.U.E.E.N.” – Janelle Monae f. Erykah Badu (Roman GianArthur Irvin , Dr. Nathaniel Irvin III, Charles Joseph II, Janelle Monáe Robinson, Kellis Parker Jr.)


Best Dance Performance

“Blurred Lines” – Robin Thicke

“Body Party” – Ciara

“Fine China” – Chris Brown

“Q.U.E.E.N.” – Janelle Monáe f. Erykah Badu

“Suit & Tie” – Justin Timberlake f. Jay Z

“Treasure” – Bruno Mars


Video of the Year

“Blurred Lines” – Robin Thicke f. Pharrell & T.I. (Diane Martel)

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

“Love & War” – Tamar Braxton (Walid Azami)

“Poetic Justice” – Kendrick Lamar f. Drake (The Lil Homie, Dave Free, and Dangeroo Kipawaa)

“Q.U.E.E.N.” – Janelle Monae f. Erykah Badu (Alan Ferguson)

“Started from the Bottom” – Drake (Director X)


Best Collaboration

Alicia Keys f. Maxwell – “Fire We Make”

Brandy f. Chris Brown – “Put It Down”

J.Cole f. Miguel – “Power Trip”

Janelle Monae f. Erykah Badu – “Q.U.E.E.N.”

Miguel f. Kendrick Lamar – “How Many Drinks”

Robin Thicke f. Pharrell & T.I. – “Blurred Lines”

Wale f. 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 f. Wynton Marsalis – “Unforgettable”

Jeffrey Osborne f. Chaka Khan – “Baby it’s Cold Outside”

Tony Bennett f. Marc Anthony – “For Once In My Life”

Nicole Henry – “Waiting In Vain”

Terence Blanchard – “Pet Step Sister’s Theme Song”


Best Contemporary Jazz Performance (

Jose James – “Trouble”

Boney James f. 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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