The Compton rapper received six nominations ahead of the annual ceremony

Kendrick Lamar has received six nominations at the 2013 Soul Train Awards, leading the pack ahead of the annual American ceremony, which will be held on November 8.

Lamar has been nominated in the categories of Best New Artist, Album Of The Year (for ‘Good Kid, mAAd City’), Song Of The Year, Best Hip-Hop Song Of The Year and Video Of The Year for ‘Poetic Justice’ and Best Collaboration for his work with Miguel on ‘How Many Drinks’.

Close behind him were Miguel himself, Justin Timberlake, Robin Thicke, Chris Brown and Tamar Braxton, who all picked up five nominations across varying categories, whilst Janelle Monae received four nods purely for single ‘QUEEN’.

The awards, which have been an annual fixture since 1987, will be presented by actor Anthony Anderson.

Kendrick Lamar, meanwhile, continued to spark controversy following his now infamous verse on Big Sean track ‘Control’ by labelling rival Meek Mill “irrelevant” whilst onstage last week.

Since ‘Control’, Meek Mill has released two tracks – ‘Ooh, Kill Em’ and ‘Kendrick You Next’ – clearly verbally attacking Lamar. Lamar then responded while performing in New York last week, saying, “I have no time for irrelevant niggas [or] new niggas. There’s one nigga in particular that needs to realise that there’s levels to this shit. I’m motherfuckin’ King Kendrick.” It’s thought that his use of ‘levels’ refers to Meek Mill’s new track ‘Levels’.

The verse of ‘Control’ which originally caused an uproar features Kendrick threatening to “murder” his competitors, meanwhile, and goes: “I’m usually homeboys with the same niggas I’m rhyming with/But this is hip-hop and them niggas should know what time it is/And that goes for Jermaine Cole, Big KRIT, Wale, Pusha-T, Meek Mill, A$AP Rocky, Drake, Big Sean, Jay Electron’, Tyler, Mac Miller/I got love for you all but I’m trying to murder you niggas“.