In the BIG leagues: Psquare, Iyanya get nominated alongside Chris Brown, Justin Timberlake & Emeli Sande for Soul Train Awards

by Oge Okonkwo


Musicians, Psquare and Iyanya have been nominated for 2013 Soul Train Awards for their songs ‘Personally‘ and ‘Ur waist’ respectively.

The superstars were both nominated alongside English singer Emeli Sande, as well as Machel Montano and Bunji Garlin both from Trinidad and Tobago.

Justin Timberlake, Chris Brown, Miguel, Robin Thicke and Tamar Braxton received five nominations while US rapper Kendrick Lamar received most nominations with a total of six nods.

The awards will hold on November 8, at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas with actor-comedian Anthony Anderson  as the host of the awards.

This will be Iyanya’s first major international nomination

The full list of 2013 Soul Train Awards categories and nominees are 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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