Singer leads way with 3 award nominations



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Singer Beyoncé is nominated for three Soul Train Music Awards.


Beyoncé positioned herself as the performer to beat in next month’s annual Soul Train Music Awards, gathering a leading three nominations, including one for best female album for B’Day.

She was also up for honours for best female single, for the hit song Irreplaceable, and for the Michael Jackson Award for best music video.

Mary J. Blige garnered two nominations, for best female R&B soul-single for Take Me As I Am, and for best female R&B soul album for The Breakthrough.

On the male side, John Legend, Chris Brown, Ne-Yo and Yung Joc each got two nominations.

Legend, who won Soul Train Awards last year for best male album and single, was nominated in those categories again. His Once Again was up for the best male album award, while Save Room was nominated for best male single.

Brown was also nominated for best male single, for Yo (Excuse Me Miss), and best male album for Chris Brown. The teenager, who last year joked about fitting in studio time between basketball practice, was Soul Train’s best new rap artist in 2006.

One of this year’s newcomers, Ne-Yo, was nominated for best male single for Sexy Love and as best new artist.

Yung Joc was also nominated for best new artist and best dance cut for It’s Goin’ Down.

The Isley Brothers featuring Ronald Isley got nominations in both group categories, getting a nod for Just Came Here to Chill for single and Baby Makin’ Music for best album. So did Gnarls Barkley, nominated for Crazy for single and St. Elsewhere for album.

Winners for the 21st Anniversary Soul Train Music Awards will be announced March 10.