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EMINEM, DR DRE, DESTINY’S CHILD, NELLY, OUTKAST and JAY-Z are amongst the big-hitting nominees for this year’s annual SOUL TRAIN MUSIC AWARDS, due to take place in LOS ANGELES during February.

,p>Also vying for prizes at the 15th annual ceremony, to be held at the Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium on February 28 will be, amongst others, Whitney Houston, Mary J. Blige, R. Kelly, D’Angelo and Lucy Pearl.

Despite the rise of other awards, in particular the Grammys, the Soul Train Award remains the blue chip gong in the world of soul and R&B. At last year’s show, hosted by TLC’s Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopez, Prince and Whitney Houston walked off with the male and female ‘Artist Of The Decade’ mantles, while DMX and Mary J. Blige took home the male/female gongs for the Sammy Davis Jnr Entertainer Of The Year Award.

The list of nominees in full is as follows:

Best R&B Soul Single, Female: ‘Open My Heart’ – Yolanda Adams, ‘Bag Lady’ – Erykah Badu ‘Your Child’ – Mary J. Blige ‘Gettin’ In The Way’ – Jill Scott

Best R&B Soul Single, Male: ‘Separated’ – Avant ‘Untitled (How Does It Feel)’ – D’Angelo ‘I Wish’ – R. Kelly ‘I Wish’ – Carl Thomas

Best R&B Soul Single, Group, Band Or Duo: ‘Independent Women Part 1’ – Destiny’s Child ‘Same Script, Different Cast’ – Whitney Houston and Deborah Cox ‘Let’s Get Married’ – Jagged Edge ‘Dance Tonight’ – Lucy Pearl

Best R&B Soul Album, Female: ‘The Heat’ – Toni Braxton ‘Fear Of Flying’ – Mya ‘Mirror Mirror’ – Kelly Price Who Is Jill Scott? ‘Words And Sounds Vol. 1’ – Jill Scott

Best R&B Soul Album, Male: ‘Voodoo’ – D’ Angelo ‘TP-2.Com’ – R. Kelly ‘Unleash The Dragon’ – Sisqo ‘Emotional’ – Carl Thomas

Best R&B Soul Album, Group, Band Or Duo: ‘J. E. Heartbreak’ – Jagged Edge ‘Thankful’ – Mary Mary ‘Welcome II Nextasy’ – Next ‘Lucy Pearl’ – Lucy Pearl

R&B Soul Or Rap Album Of The Year: ‘Dr Dre 2001’ – Dr Dre ‘The Marshall Mathers LP’ – Eminem ‘The Dynasty: Roc La Familia 2000’ – Jay-Z ‘TP-2.Com’ – R. Kelly

Best R&B Soul Or Rap New Artist: ‘Bounce With Me’ – Lil’ Bow Wow featuring Xscape ‘Country Grammar’ – Nelly ‘Gettin’ In The Way’ – Jill Scott ‘I Wish’ – Carl Thomas

Best R&B Soul Or Rap Music Video: ‘Untitled (How Does It Feel)’ – D’Angelo ‘Stan’ – Eminem ‘Shake Ya Ass’ – Mystikal ‘Ms. Jackson’ – OutKast

Best Gospel Album: ‘Sing It On Sunday Morning’ – Chester D.T. Baldwin and Music Ministry Mass ‘Thankful’ – Mary Mary ‘Emmanuel (God With Us)’ – Mississippi Mass Choir ‘Good Time’ – Lee Williams and the Spiritual QC’s