Troubled R+B stars R Kelly, Janet Jackson and B2K were given the respect of their peers at the SOUL TRAIN MUSIC AWARDS in Los Angeles on Saturday (20MAR04), with all three picking up honours.

Kelly, who is currently on trial in Chicago, Illinois, on child pornography charges, picked up two awards at the 18th annual ceremony, while Jackson was given a boost after her breast-baring Super Bowl controversy with a Career Achievement gong.

Recently split B2K took home one of the Album of The Year awards.

However, rappers Outkast proved their new dominance in the field - the Atlanta, Georgia, duo picked up their first three Soul Train awards, including Best Music Video for HEY YA! and Album of The Year for SPEAKERBOXXX/THE LOVE BELOW.

The duo used their acceptance speeches to urge young fans to vote, with BIG BOI stating, "This is the year to vote. If you don't like what's going on in the country, now's the time to vote."

Outkast also kicked off the ceremony with a live performance.

Other performers included Usher, Michelle Williams and Kelly, who earned a standing ovation as he wandered among the audience while singing religious tune YOU SAVED ME with a full choir.

The ceremony was hosted by KENNETH 'BABYFACE' EDMONDS and Alicia Keys, who also won the Best R+B/Soul Single award for her hit YOU DON'T KNOW MY NAME.

The full list of winners is:

Best R+B/Soul Single (Group, Band or Duo) - SAY YES by Floetry

Best R+B/Soul Album (Female) - DANGEROUSLY IN LOVE by Beyonce

Best R+B/Soul or Rap New Artist - Chingy

Best R+B/Soul or Rap Album - SPEAKERBOXXX/THE LOVE BELOW by OUTKAST

Best R+B/Soul Single (Male) - DANCE WITH MY FATHER by Luther Vandross

Best Gospel Album - Byron Cage RECORDED LIVE... by BYRON CAGE

Best R+B/Soul Album (Male) - CHOCOLATE FACTORY by R KELLY

Best R+B/Soul Album (Group, Band or Duo) - PANDEMONIUM by B2K

Best R+B/Soul Single (Female) - YOU DON'T KNOW MY NAME by ALICIA KEYS

SAMMY DAVIS JR Entertainer of The Year (Female) - BEYONCE

SAMMY DAVIS JR Entertainer of The Year (Male) - OUTKAST

MICHAEL JACKSON Award for Best R+B/Soul or Rap Music Video - HEY YA! by OUTKAST

QUINCY JONES Award for Outstanding Career Achievements (Female) JANET JACKSON

QUINCY JONES Award for Outstanding Career Achievements (Male) - R KELLY

22/03/2004 01:50