Kendrick Lamar, Justin Timberlake, & Tamar Braxton Lead 2013 Soul Train Award Nominees

Published: Tuesday 17th Sep 2013 by Rashad

Before you know it awards season will be in full swing.

Probably our favorite time of year here at TGJ HQ, we were ever-excited to learn of the Soul Train Awards committee unveiling the nominations for their 2013 showing.

Featuring top heavy competition from the year’s best and brightest in Hip Hop and R&B, TGJ favorites Kendrick Lamar (6), Justin Timberlake (5), Tamar Braxton (5), Robin Thicke (5), Chris Brown (5), and Miguel (5) are leading the pack of nominees for the ceremony.

Set to be hosted by funnyman Anthony Anderson, the show will air on CENTRIC and BET on Dec. 1.  Until then, familiarize yourself with the rest of the nominees below:

2013 Soul Train Awards Nominees

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 feat. Tiara Thomas

High School – Nicki Minaj feat. Lil Wayne

Holy Grail – Jay Z feat. Justin Timberlake

Poetic Justice – Kendrick Lamar feat. Drake

Power Trip – J. Cole feat. Miguel

Started From the Bottom – Drake

The Chaka Khan Best R&B/Soul Female Artist

Alicia Keys

Chrisette Michele


Janelle Monáe

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 feat. Pharrell & T.I.

Diamonds – Rihanna

Fine China – Chris Brown

Love and War – Tamar Braxton

Poetic Justice – Kendrick Lamar feat. Drake

Suit & Tie – Justin Timberlake feat. Jay Z

The Ashford and Simpson Songwriter’s Award

Crooked Smile – J.Cole (Jermaine Cole, Meleni Smith)

Fire We Make – Alicia Keys feat. 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 feat. 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 feat. Erykah Badu

Suit & Tie – Justin Timberlake feat. Jay Z

Treasure – Bruno Mars

Video of the Year

Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell & T.I. (Diane Martel)

Fine China – Chris Brown (Chris Brown, Sylvain White)

Love & War – Tamar Braxton (Walid Azami)

Poetic Justice – Kendrick Lamar feat. Drake (The Lil Homie, Dave Free, and Dangeroo Kipawaa)

Q.U.E.E.N. – Janelle Monae feat. Erykah Badu (Alan Ferguson)

Started from the Bottom – Drake (Director X)

Best Collaboration

Alicia Keys feat. Maxwell – Fire We Make

Brandy feat. Chris Brown – Put It Down

J.Cole feat. Miguel – Power Trip

Janelle Monae feat. Erykah Badu – Q.U.E.E.N.

Miguel feat. Kendrick Lamar – How Many Drinks

Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell & T.I. – Blurred Lines

Wale feat. 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 feat. Wynton Marsalis – Unforgettable

Jeffrey Osborne feat. Chaka Khan – Baby it’s Cold Outside

Tony Bennett feat. 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 feat. Rick Braun – Batucada (The Beat)

Michael Bublé – 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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  1. NT September 17, 2013

    Glad that Tamar’s getting acknowledged for her music this time around and congrats to all the nominee’s

  2. iconic cici September 17, 2013

    I can’t with vince buying nominations.

    Congratulations to King Ci on her nominations!

    Rihanna doesn’t deserve to win s*** Tamar neither.

    • mk September 18, 2013

      i agree with ya first sentence totally

      • OWWW September 18, 2013

        How the hell is Vince buying nominations? She is talented and its her time to shine! Y’all a mess!

  3. Lovebird (PRISM – 10.22.13)) September 17, 2013

    I’m guessing Beyonce’s cheque got lost in the mail.

    Anyway Tamar Braxton is not a new artist, just so you know.

  4. Stephy Tha Lambily September 17, 2013


  5. Molly September 17, 2013

    Shocked Beyonce didn’t buy a nomination this year… Dead at them promoting Tamar as a new artist & yall know Rihanna ain’t winning s***..

    Ciara got this.

  6. Crystal Brown September 17, 2013

    How can Tamar be nominated for new artist, when she had an album out in 2000. That just does not make any sense. We all know Tamar is talented, but they got to do better, because we are no fools. I will always live for the 90s!

    • mk September 18, 2013

      vince forgot that when he paid/.

  7. Rita ORA WILL BE DROPPED: she is DONE! September 17, 2013

    Breaking news! Rihanan is in Thailand, right now, Filming, ‘ what now ‘/. Her work ethic is insane. This is how she will become a legend. She is on tour,too. how comes Ciara ( who is not tour ) work this hard?

    • Molly September 17, 2013

      Breaking news : NO ONE GIVES A F***!

      • Yea September 18, 2013

        yet you replied……

  8. The Truth September 17, 2013

    Tamar is NOT a “New Artist” not sure why she is nominated there.

    Congrats to Chrisette Michelle, Fantasia, Charlie Wilson and others!

  9. Lovebird (PRISM – 10.22.13)) September 17, 2013

    The hive should explain their fav


  10. Calling all hearts September 17, 2013

    No Keyshia Cole nomination? But they nominate Tamar? F*** THIS!

    • Kyle September 18, 2013

      Hahahahaha you know better, you reaching.
      Keshia just might be done she’s so petty that’s why.

  11. Mark111 September 17, 2013

    Robin is one handsome man. Yea I said it.

  12. teja September 17, 2013

    is vince the new matthew knowles???

  13. Joey September 18, 2013

    Why cant people accept that the Tamar album is good and stop talking about buying nominations, although i do agree that she isn’t a new artist .

    Fantasia needs an award or two because her album is still fire! Good luck to everyone except Justin Timberlake

    • OWWW September 18, 2013

      Exactly, people like oh Vince bought her cd oh vince bought her nominations WTF! How about the lady is talented & people saw from her reality show that she really wanted it and she delivered a solid cd!

  14. Charlie September 18, 2013

    I’m surprised that Rita Ora isn’t there considering that she has roc nation seems to have her everywhere else.
    No Rachet Michelle? but Bridget Kelly?

  15. Tamar is Gay September 18, 2013

    Congrats to Vince for his purchase, I hope it comes with receipts

  16. BranU September 18, 2013

    That Brandy Album deserved a Nomination..
    there is Innovation there is good Music and every single song is Killing .. still all the Functions are just Ignoring this “Chef-d’oeuvre” … When You will u Open your Eyes on Music.! the real One..? when.??

  17. Lucia September 18, 2013

    Tamar is not a new artist. No one will show up to those awards anyway. Sad that the more successful black artists think they’re above the Soul Train Awards. Good luck to Fantasia and Brandy!!

  18. kelly September 18, 2013

    no ne-yo? Wow

  19. Stop the drama Start the music September 18, 2013

    I hope Miguel wins. He is as close to soul in 2013 as it gets.

  20. pat September 18, 2013

    congrats to Fanny on her best album nod…would be great if the grammys were bold enough to include her in that category this year….easily one of the best albums of the year

    • OWWW September 18, 2013

      Yes Fanny deserves that album of the year win! Her cd was very good from beginning to end!

  21. Jonathan Gardner September 18, 2013

    SOOOOOO overjoyed for Fantasia, JANELLE MONAE, Tamar Braxton and Kelly Rowland! These four ladies have pushed contemporary R&B forward in their own individual ways and I’m glad they’re being recognised

  22. DIGGER BEY September 18, 2013

    Congrats to every one! Especially Kelly Rowland, Brandy and Miguel! I see Miguel taking home 3 or more! The New Prince of R&B! Um….KING B didn’t release any material this year or last year. So why would she bey nominated? Yet again, she has these Miserable Pressed Bastards Bothered lmaoooooooooooooooooooooooooo. KING B doesn’t need anymore new nominations or awards. She already have more than anybody in her generation! #KEEP BOWING BISHES

  23. Zhari September 18, 2013

    Congratulations Tamar!! Her hard work is paying off. Buying nominations? You people sound VERY stupid. The HATE is thick! First you say she won’t win any awards or grammy’s. Then when she’s nominated, she payed for them? “Her album is going to flop, she’ll barely sale 50k first week blah blah”.. 117k sold & with most being physical copies, with stores sold out everywhere- oh she bought all her albums. Haha! Y’all mad or naw? I guess next she’ll be buying her grammy’s and hell this whole damn music industry. No she isn’t a new artist, but neither is K.Michelle, or TGT. She’s here for the win, so y’all just gone stay mad!!

  24. yooooooooo (keristan) September 19, 2013

    i love soul train awards because it recognises R&B/ soul artists 🙂 I would give ‘best new artist’ to K Michelle since she is kind of more new the tamar haha.’The Chaka Khan Best R&B/Soul Female Artist’ would have to got to Tamar Braxton, loving her!!! (but I really like Janelle monae heaps as well!!) for me ‘best album; is ‘side effects of you’ by fantasia. the songwriters award probably to ‘queens’ by Janelle because dayyuuummm I love that song, although ‘love and war’ is really good as well and ‘fire we make’. then ummm best dance performance of course ‘QUEEN’ by Janelle and ms Baduh! Best video probably QUeEN as well lol ‘love and war’ is good too. and best collaboration to ‘queen’ or ‘fire we make’. Anywho congrats to tamar, Janelle monae, k michelle, fantasia and Alicia keys. But where is keyshia cole and brandy???

  25. yooooooooo (keristan) September 19, 2013

    and im sure keri will be getting some nominations next year 😉 just as she did in 2009 (4 nominations, 2 wins), 2010 and 2011 lol cant wait!!!

  26. QQ September 19, 2013

    Get it Ashanti …Always believed in you…BRAVEHEART!

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