Beyonce Knowles leads the list of contenders for the 18th annual SOUL TRAIN MUSIC AWARDS after nabbing four nominations.

Beyonce, who recently took home five Grammy Awards for her solo debut album DANGEROUSLY IN LOVE, is nominated for best R+B/soul album, female and R+B/soul or rap album of the year. Her hit Crazy In Love featuring boyfriend Jay-Z is up for best R+B/soul single, female and its video clip is among the nominees for the Michael Jackson award for best R+B/soul or rap music video.

Soul veteran Luther Vandross follows closely behind the Destiny's Child frontwoman with three nominations of his own.

Alicia Keys and KENNETH 'BABYFACE' EDMONDS will co-host the two-hour event, which will feature appearances by Knowles, Janet Jackson and Outkast, among others.

The ceremony will take place on 20 March (04) at the INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL CENTER in Los Angeles.

The full list of nominees is as follows:

BEST R+B/SOUL SINGLE, FEMALE:

RAIN ON ME - ASHANTI

DANGER - Erykah Badu

CRAZY IN LOVE - BEYONCE KNOWLES FEATURING JAY-Z

YOU DON'T KNOW MY NAME - ALICIA KEYS

BEST R+B/SOUL SINGLE, MALE:

COMIN' FROM WHERE I'M FROM - ANTHONY HAMILTON

PUT THAT WOMAN FIRST - JAHEIM

FRONTIN' - PHARRELL FEATURING JAY-Z

DANCE WITH MY FATHER - LUTHER VANDROSS

BEST R+B/SOUL SINGLE, GROUP/BAND/DUO:

GIRLFRIEND - B2K

SAY YES - FLOETRY

BUSTED - ISLEY BROTHERS FEATURING RONALD ISLEY + JS

WALKED OUT OF HEAVEN - JAGGED EDGE

BEST R+B/SOUL ALBUM, FEMALE:

WORLD WIDE UNDERGROUND (EP) - ERYKAH BADU

DANGEROUSLY IN LOVE - BEYONCE KNOWLES

LOVE + LIFE - MARY J BLIGE

SO DAMN HAPPY - ARETHA FRANKLIN

BEST R+B/SOUL ALBUM, MALE:

SUBJECT - DWELE

COMIN' FROM WHERE I'M FROM - ANTHONY HAMILTON

CHOCOLATE FACTORY - R KELLY

DANCE WITH MY FATHER - LUTHER VANDROSS

BEST R+B/SOUL ALBUM, GROUP/BAND/DUO:

PANDEMONIUM - B2K

BODY KISS, ISLEY BROTHERS FEATURING RONALD ISLEY

SURRENDER TO LOVE - KINDRED THE FAMILY SOUL

NEPTUNES PRESENT... CLONES - THE NEPTUNES

BEST R+B/SOUL OR RAP ALBUM OF THE YEAR:

DANGEROUSLY IN LOVE - BEYONCE KNOWLES

CHOCOLATE FACTORY - R. KELLY

SPEAKERBOXXX/THE LOVE BELOW - OUTKAST

DANCE WITH MY FATHER - LUTHER VANDROSS

BEST R+B/SOUL OR RAP NEW ARTIST:

RIGHT THURR - CHINGY

STUNT 101 - G-Unit

SUPERSTAR - RUBEN STUDDARD

THROUGH THE WIRE - KANYE WEST

MICHAEL JACKSON AWARD FOR BEST R+B/SOUL OR RAP MUSIC VIDEO:

CRAZY IN LOVE - BEYONCE KNOWLES FEATURING JAY-Z

GOSSIP FOLKS - MISSY ELLIOTT FEATURING LUDACRIS

GET LOW - LIL' JON + THE EASTSIDE BOYZ FEATURING YING YANG TWINS

HEY YA! - OUTKAST

BEST GOSPEL ALBUM:

THE PRINCE OF PRAISE (LIVE AT NEW BIRTH CATHEDRAL) - Byron Cage

Donnie McClurkin... AGAIN - DONNIE MCCLURKIN

DIARY OF A PSALMIST - MARVIN SAPP

BRINGING IT ALL TOGETHER - VICKIE WINANS

24/02/2004 21:04