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H.E.R., Chris Brown and Jazmine Sullivan lead nominations for 2021 Soul Train Awards

Ashanti and Maxwell will be honored at the annual event.

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Nominees for the 2021 Soul Train Awards have been unveiled, and H.E.R., Chris Brown and Jazmine Sullivan are leading the bill. The “Damage” singer has received eight nods, becoming this year’s top nominee, while Brown and the vocalist behind the highly-praised Heaux Tales follow closely behind with six nominations each.

Among the other nominees up for Soul Train awards are Wizkid and Tems — whose hit song “Essence” is nominated for Song of the Year, Video of the Year, Best Collaboration and Blxst — who earned nods in the category of Best R&B/Soul Male Artist, Best New Artist, Album of the Year, Song of the Year.

Additionally, special awards will go to Maxwell, who will receive the Legend Award and Ashanti, this year’s Lady of Soul recipient.

“It’s an honor to be presented with the Legend award by a community that’s been growing with me throughout my career,” the “Pretty Wings” singer said in a statement. “I’m so grateful to be sharing this moment with everyone and returning to the Apollo for an evening of excellence.”

Ashanti also issued a statement about the forthcoming honor.

“I’m honored to be recognized as this year’s Lady of Soul honoree,” she said. “This is a full-circle moment for me because I received the Aretha Franklin Entertainer of the Year award at the Lady of Soul Awards in 2002. As we commemorate 50 years of Soul Train, I’m proud to be a part of this legacy and to return to the Apollo to celebrate.”

The 2021 Soul Train Awards, which will highlight the contributions of various R&B and soul musicians, will take place on Sunday, Nov. 28 at 8 PM ET with returning hosts Tisha Campbell and Tichina Arnold. This year’s show will take place in New York’s Apollo Theater and will honor the 50th anniversary of the debut of “Soul Train.”

See the full list of nominations below.

Song of the year:

Blxst feat. Ty Dolla $Ign & Tyga – “Chosen”

Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak (Silk Sonic) – “Leave the Door Open”

H.E.R. – “Damage”

Jazmine Sullivan – “Pick Up Your Feelings”

Wizkid feat. Tems – “Essence”

Yung Bleu feat. Drake – “You’re Mines Still”

Album of the year:

Blxst – No Love Lost

Doja Cat - Planet Her

Giveon - When It’s All Said and Done… Take Time

H.E.R. - Back of My Mind

Jazmine Sullivan - Heaux Tales

Wizkid - Made in Lagos

Video of the year:

Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak (Silk Sonic) – “Leave the Door Open”

Chris Brown, Young Thug feat. Future, Lil Durk, Latto – “Go Crazy (Remix)”

H.E.R. – “Damage”

Jazmine Sullivan – “Pick Up Your Feelings”

Normani feat. Cardi B – “Wild Side”

Wizkid feat. Tems – “Essence”

Best R&B/soul female artist:

Alicia Keys

Doja Cat

H.E.R.

Jazmine Sullivan

Jhené Aiko

SZA

Best R&B/soul male artist:

Blxst

Chris Brown

Giveon

Lucky Daye

Tank

Usher

Best collaboration:

Chris Brown, Young Thug feat. Future, Lil Durk, Latto – “Go Crazy (Remix)”

Doja Cat feat. SZA – “Kiss Me More”

H.E.R. feat. Chris Brown – “Come Through”

Jazmine Sullivan feat. H.E.R. – “Girl Like Me”

Wizkid feat. Tems – “Essence”

Yung Bleu feat. Drake – “You’re Mines Still”

Best new artist:

Blxst

Capella Grey

Morray

Tems

Tone Stith

Yung Bleu

Certified soul award:

Anthony Hamilton

Ashanti

Charlie Wilson

The Isley Brothers

Jam & Lewis

T-Pain

Best dance performance:

Chloe X Halle – “Ungodly Hour”

Chris Brown, Young Thug – “City Girls”

Lizzo Feat. Cardi B – “Rumors”

Normani Feat. Cardi B- “Wild Side”

Usher – “Bad Habits”

Best gospel/inspirational award:

Brian Courtney Wilson

James Fortune

Kelly Price

Kirk Franklin

Maverick City Music

Tasha Cobbs Leonard

The Ashford and Simpson songwriter’s award:

“Can’t Let It Show” - written by: Kate Bush, Durrell Babbs (Tank)

“Come Through” - written by: Carl Mccormick, Chris Brown, H.E.R., Kelvin Wooten, Michael L. Williams Ii, Tiara Thomas (H.E.R. Feat. Chris Brown)

“Damage” - written by: Anthony Clemons Jr., Carl Mccormick, H.E.R., James Harris, Jeff Gitelman, Terry Lewis, Tiara Thomas (H.E.R.)

“Essence” - written by: Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun, Oniko Eddie Uzezi, Oniko Evawero, Richard Isong, Temilade Openiyi (Wizkid Feat. Tems)

“Leave the Door Open” - written by: Bruno Mars, Brandon Anderson, Dernst Emile Ii, Christopher Brody Brown (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic)

“Pick Up Your Feelings” - written by: Blue June, Chi, Audra Mae Butts, Jazmine Sullivan, Kyle Coleman, Michael Holmes (Jazmine Sullivan)

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