Originally created 02/04/03

Ashanti and Amerie receive a leading Soul Train nominations



LOS ANGELES -- R&B ingenues Ashanti and Amerie collected a leading three nominations each Monday for the annual Soul Train Music Awards.

Ashanti's self-titled album and Amerie's "All I Have" were named in the best female R&B album category, while Ashanti's "Foolish" and Amerie's "Why Don't We Fall In Love" were among nominees for best female R&B single.

Ashanti, who won two honors for favorite new hip-hop-R&B artist and new pop artist at the American Music Awards and has five nominations for the upcoming Grammys, was also nominated for soul or rap album of the year.

Amerie had an additional mention for best new artist.

Among other Soul Train nominees, Floetry, Justin Timberlake, Musiq, B2K and Nelly had two nominations each.

The Soul Train Music Awards, started 17 years ago by the syndicated music show "Soul Train," celebrates artists in R&B, hip-hop, rap and gospel music. The awards will be presented during a March 1 ceremony at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.

The awards are determined by a group of radio station professionals, talent managers and performers.

Complete list of nominees:

R&B-soul single, female: "Why Don't We Fall In Love," Amerie; "Foolish" Ashanti; "Love of My Life" (An Ode to Hip Hop), Erykah Badu; "Little Things," India.Arie.

R&B-soul single, male: "This Woman's Work," Maxwell; "Dontchange," Musiq; "Like I Love You," Justin Timberlake; "U Don't Have To Call," Usher.

R&B-soul single, group, band or duo: "Bump, Bump, Bump," B2K featuring P. Diddy; "I Should Be," Dru Hill; "Floetic," Floetry; "Girl Talk," TLC.

R&B-soul album, female: "All I Have," Amerie; "Ashanti," Ashanti; "No More Drama 2002," Mary J. Blige; "Mahogany Soul," Angie Stone.

R&B-soul album, male: "The G Spot," Gerald Levert; "Still Ghetto," Jaheim; "Juslisen," Musiq; "Justified," Justin Timberlake.

R&B-soul album group, band or duo: "B2K," B2K; "Full Circle," Boyz II Men; "Floetic," Floetry; "Best of Both Worlds," R. Kelly and Jay-Z.

R&B-soul or rap new artist: "Why Don't We Fall In Love," Amerie; "He Is," Heather Headley; "Awnaw," Nappy Roots.

R&B-soul or rap album of the year: "Ashanti," Ashanti; "10," LL Cool J; "Stillmatic," Nas; "Nellyville," Nelly.

R&B-soul or rap music video: "Wanksta," 50 Cent; "Pass the Courvoisier Pt. 2," Busta Rhymes featuring P. Diddy and Pharrell; "Work It," Missy Elliott; "Dilemma," Nelly featuring Kelly Rowland.

Gospel album: "Walking By Faith," the Canton Spirituals; "The Rebirth of Kirk Franklin," Kirk Franklin; "Go Get Your Life Back," Donald Lawrence & the Tri City Singers; "Family Affair II: Live At Radio City Music Hall," Hezekiah Walker and the Love Fellowship Crusade Choir.