Kendrick Lamar Leads 2013 Soul Train Music Awards Nominations

The good kid is having a great year. After putting in work on everyone's albums from Robin Thicke to Quadron to Pusha T, rapper Kendrick Lamar leads the charge for the most nominations at this year's Soul Train Music Awards.

The "B-tch, Don't Kill My Vibe" MC clocks in at six nods, including best new artist, best video for "Poetic Justice" and best album of the year for his well-received good kid, m.A.A.d. City. Trailing right behind with five nominations each are Miguel, Chris Brown, Robin Thicke and Justin Timberlake.

Actor/ funny man Anthony Anderson will host the festivities, which are set to take place at The Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Nov. 8 and air on CENTRIC and BET at 9PM EST/PST Dec. 1.

See the full list of nominations below.

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 f. Tiara Thomas
“High School” - Nicki Minaj f. Lil Wayne
“Holy Grail” - Jay Z f. Justin Timberlake
“Poetic Justice” - Kendrick Lamar f. Drake
“Power Trip” - J. Cole f. Miguel
“Started From the Bottom” - Drake

The Chaka Khan Best R&B/Soul Female Artist
Alicia Keys
Chrisette Michele
Janelle Monae
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 f. Pharrell & T.I.
“Diamonds” -Rihanna
“Fine China” – Chris Brown
“Love and War” – Tamar Braxton
“Poetic Justice” – Kendrick Lamar f. Drake
“Suit & Tie” – Justin Timberlake f. Jay Z

The Ashford and Simpson Songwriter’s Award
“Crooked Smile” – J.Cole (Jermaine Cole, Meleni Smith)
“Fire We Make” – Alicia Keys f. 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 f. 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 f. Erykah Badu
“Suit & Tie” – Justin Timberlake f. Jay Z
“Treasure” – Bruno Mars

Video of the Year
“Blurred Lines” – Robin Thicke f. Pharrell & T.I. (Diane Martel)
“Fine China” – Chris Brown (Chris Brown, Sylvain White)
“Love & War” – Tamar Braxton (Walid Azami)
"Poetic Justice” – Kendrick Lamar f. Drake (The Lil Homie, Dave Free, and Dangeroo Kipawaa)
"Q.U.E.E.N." – Janelle Monae f. Erykah Badu (Alan Ferguson)
"Started from the Bottom" – Drake (Director X)

Best Collaboration
Alicia Keys f. Maxwell – “Fire We Make”
Brandy f. Chris Brown – “Put It Down”
J.Cole f. Miguel – “Power Trip”
Janelle Monae f. Erykah Badu – “Q.U.E.E.N.”
Miguel f. Kendrick Lamar – “How Many Drinks”
Robin Thicke f. Pharrell & T.I. – “Blurred Lines”
Wale f. 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 f. Wynton Marsalis – “Unforgettable”
Jeffrey Osborne f. Chaka Khan – “Baby it’s Cold Outside”
Tony Bennett f. 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 f. Rick Braun – “Batucada (The Beat)”
Michael Buble – “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”

From the Web

More on Vibe

Signage is seen at the 2020 Billboard Power List Event at NeueHouse Hollywood on January 23, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.
Timothy Norris/Getty Images for Billboard

Billboard’s 2020 Power List Event Pins Leadership As The Music Industry’s Most Lucrative Tool

The start of a new decade inspired a change of plans for Billboard’s annual Power List. In previous years, the publication ranked 100 music industry professionals for their strides in the business by creating strategies that have propelled artists to the top of the charts and proved that the senior practices of the business can sometimes benefit from a fresh makeover. For 2020’s edition, the brand opted to not rank those chosen professionals but instead gathered and produced a list of honorees including Lyor Cohen (YouTube’s Global Head of Music), Roc Nation’s Jay-Z (Chairman), Desiree Perez (CEO), and Jay Brown (Vice Chairman) to Quality Control’s CEO Pierre “P” Thomas and COO Kevin “Coach K” Lee.

To a resounding applause inside the event’s NeueHouse location on a balmy Thursday evening (Jan. 23) in Los Angeles, Hannah Karp, Editorial Director of Billboard Media Group, explained the reason for the change and the company’s hope that next year will produce another list of futuristic innovators. “For one thing it’s always been hard to compare the power of executives in different sectors,” Karp said. “We also wanted to inspire a new generation of music business executives that honor leadership instead of just leverage.”

The first award of the night, which was named in honor of Jay Frank, a beloved music industry veteran who worked as senior vice president at Universal Music Group (UMG) before he passed away from cancer in 2019, was given to Mitchell Shymanskly, vice president of data and analytics at UMG, for his strides in digital music leadership.

“Jay was a visionary in our field, he saw things differently which is the true definition of an innovator,” he said. “He was looking constantly for an edge and it was a great privilege of mine to have the opportunity to work alongside him.” Shymanskly learned the mantra, “We don’t succeed alone.” That quote was echoed by Columbia Records chairman/CEO Ron Perry, who received the Breakthrough Award. He gave praise to his team for their work and success, especially after a year of witnessing Lil Nas X’s breakneck speed to pop stardom.

While future pioneers both in front and behind the mic filled the room, a living legend who helped shape some of music’s most fortified models also made a special guest appearance. The Clive Davis Visionary Award was presented to Atlantic Records’ Craig Kallman (CEO) and Julie Greenwald (COO) by the man himself, Clive Davis.

Greenwald shared the duo’s singular vision that allows Atlantic Records the ability to remain one of the music industry's pillars of success. “Build and maintain a music company that we love, we surrounded ourselves with an extraordinary team of people and then we signed artists that both Ahmet and Lyor would truly be proud of,” Greenwald said. For women in the music industry, being able to take that stage and receive these awards was a major feat for Jody Gerson, UMG’s CEO, who received the Executive of the Year award. The Executive of the Decade award was given to UMG's chairman/CEO Sir Lucian Grainge. “To me, what is most meaningful is that this is a recognition without qualifications,” she said. “I am being honored not as a female executive, but as an executive. It is my hope that this award will help pave the road for more exceptional and diverse leaders to come. We all deserve to be judged for our merits regardless of who you are or how you identify.”

Gerson also sits on the board of directors for She Is The Music (SITM), a program that promotes inclusivity in the music industry. Gerson revealed that UMG will donate $50,000 to the organization, which aims to provide resources for gender diversity in songwriting, producing, executive positions and more. In 2018, the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative conducted a study on the lack of women representation in the music sector. The research, which was published in 2018, concluded that for the year of 2017 out of 651 producers only two percent were women while men dominated at 98 percent. In the songwriting world, out of 2,767 credited songwriters, 12.3 percent were women while 87.7 percent were men.

Now, with new sights and plans set to change the makeup of the industry, Gerson reiterated that there's no better time than the present to implement new practices. “The moment of change is here.”

Continue Reading
Allen Berezovsky

Lauren London Debuts The Marathon Clothing x Puma Collection

The Marathon Clothing and PUMA are teaming up once again. The brands will be collaborating in honor of the late Nipsey Hussle. His wife, Lauren London, debuted the Marathon Clothing x Puma’s “Hussle and Motivate” collection on social media on Thursday (Jan. 23).

London is featured in the line's campaign shoot with Hussle's close friends, YG, J. Stone, and Pacman Da Gunman. Per a press release: "After first releasing in September 2019, PUMA will re-issue key pieces from the collection for fans and supporters including co-branded tracksuits and t-shirts featuring checkered patterns and TMC motifs, as well as PUMA’s signature California sneakers in black and white iterations."


View this post on Instagram



A post shared by Lauren London (@laurenlondon) on Jan 23, 2020 at 5:56pm PST

Another image from the clothing collaboration shows London wearing a white sweatshirt with a message that reads, “We (The Marathon Clothing) honor the unwavering faith of those that never quit. Our products represent their testimony. Life is a marathon.”

A portion of the net proceeds from PUMA’s sales of the PUMA x TMC Collection will go directly to the Neighborhood “Nip” Foundation. Beginning February 1st, the collection will be available again in select retailers and on PUMA's official website.


View this post on Instagram



A post shared by Lauren London (@laurenlondon) on Jan 23, 2020 at 5:58pm PST

London previously linked with Puma for a viral video campaign paying tribute to her longtime love. Hustle, whose Victory Lap recently went platinum, will be celebrated at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards with a tribute featuring YG, Roddy Ricch, Kirk Franklin, DJ Khaled, and John Legend.

The 2020 Grammy Awards will air on Sunday, Jan. 26 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

Continue Reading
Lil Wayne performs at the 2019 Outside Lands music festival at Golden Gate Park on August 09, 2019 in San Francisco, California.
Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images

Lil Wayne Reveals Release Date For ‘Funeral’ Album

Four years after initially announcing the project, Lil Wayne took to Twitter on Thursday (Jan. 23) to reveal that his  Funeral album will drop next week.

“Welcome to the funeral, closed casket as usual,” Tunechi says in the album teaser. The Grammy winner also tweeted a link for fans to pre-order physical and digital copies of the album as a CD, vinyl or “digital cassette.” The online shop features album merchandise, including long-sleeved shirts, hoodies and beanies.

In a recent interview with VIBE, Lil Wayne said that even though his recording process has drastically changed since his prolific mixtape days, he still finds enjoyment in going to the studio to create.

“I love the difficulty of trying to fit in with what’s going on today, making sure I sound likable to the ears today and having to remind myself that it’s not about what it was back then. Going to the studio now, for me, is awesome. I used to go to that muf***a and do 12 songs a night. Cut a beat on, I’m going to go and you let me know when to stop,” Wayne said.

“...I can’t wait to get in the studio now every night, just to see what I can come up with. [Before] it was just me going to the studio and saying, let me kill ten more songs and then I’m going to go home or do whatever I was doing. Now, it’s let me see what I come up with. Self-discovery, rebirth – call it whatever you want to call it but it feels awesome, I swear to God.”

The New Orleans native’s last studio LP, Tha Carter V, dropped in 2018 after years of delays. In 2019, the 37-year-old rapper embarked on a joint summer tour with Blink-182, but the jaunt was marred by difficulty as Wayne walked off stage during one show and threatened to quit. He changed his mind hours later.

Even with all the tour trouble, Blink-182 had nothing but good things to say about Weezy. “The one day where he walked off stage, he had said, ‘I just felt like they didn’t like me,’ so he walked off stage,” drummer Travis Barker explained in an interview last year.

Funeral drops on Jan. 31. Check out the album teaser below.


— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) January 23, 2020

Continue Reading

Top Stories