Beyoncé Leads Soul Train Nominations
Beyoncé picked up a leading four nominations -- two for her debut solo album, "Dangerously in Love," including best R&B/soul album (female) and album of the year, and two for her hit "Crazy in Love," for best R&B/soul single (female) and best video.
But despite her popularity, the show's producer told reporters that this is not the Beyoncé Awards. "While three or four shows may all agree that Beyoncé is the hottest artist in the game today, the purpose of the Soul Train Awards is to ensure that the celebration is specific and ... lives up to what artists like Beyoncé deserve," Don Cornelius told Reuters. The show, he said, should honor all top black artists equally.
Knowles began her hot streak at the Grammys, where her five wins tied the record for most trophies collected by a female artist (matched last year by Norah Jones). Among her Grammys, Beyoncé won for best R&B song ("Crazy in Love") and best contemporary R&B album.
Then on Tuesday, Beyonce was in London to collect a Brit Award for international female solo artist of the year.
The Soul Train Music Awards ceremony will be held March 20 at the International Cultural Center Auditorium in Los Angeles.