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Eyrkah Badu, Faith Evans, And H.E.R Lead 2018 Soul Train Awards Nominations

Erykah Badu and Faith Evans will be honored with the Legend Award and Lady of Soul Award  respectively at the 2018 BET Soul Train Awards. 

The 2018 Soul Train Awards is going down next month. The nominees were recently unveiled on Thursday (Oct. 25), and there are a lot of fresh faces on this year's list.

H.E.R leads this year's pool of nominees with seven nominations. Bruno Mars and Cardi B follow with a whopping six nods each. Other Soul Train hopefuls include: Beyonce, SZA, Ella Mai, Daniel Caesar, Jorja Smith, Childish Gambino, Ashanti, and more.

In addition to the different category awards, Erykah Badu – who has previously hosted the BET event – will receive the Legend Award. Faith Evans will receive the Lady of Soul Award. Martin stars Tisha Campbell and Tichina Arnold will serves hosts for the star-studded event.

Presenters and performers will reportedly be announced in the coming weeks.

The 2018 BET Soul Train Awards will air on Nov. 25, on BET and BET HER. In the meantime, check out the full nominations list below.

2018 Soul Train Awards Nominations: 

BEST NEW ARTIST

Daniel Caesar
Jorja Smith
Kali Uchis
Leon Thomas
Normani
Queen Naija

SOUL TRAIN CERTIFIED AWARD

Ashanti
Jorja Smith
Ledisi
Lenny Kravitz
MAJOR.
Tamia

BEST R&B/SOUL FEMALE ARTIST

Beyoncé
Ella Mai
H.E.R.
Mariah Carey
SZA

BEST R&B/SOUL MALE ARTIST

Bruno Mars
Childish Gambino
Daniel Caesar
John Legend
Khalid
Tank

BEST GOSPEL/INSPIRATIONAL AWARD

Andra Day
Kirk Franklin
Lecrae
Snoop Dogg
Tori Kelly

RHYTHM & BARS AWARD (BEST HIP-HOP SONG OF THE YEAR)

Cardi B – “I Like It” featuring Bad Bunny and J Balvin
Childish Gambino – “This is America”
DJ Khaled – “No Brainer” featuring Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper and Quavo
Drake – “In My Feelings”
The Carters – “Apeshit”

SONG OF THE YEAR

Bruno Mars – “Finesse” (Remix) featuring Cardi B
Ella Mai – “Boo’d Up”
H.E.R. – “Every Kind of Way”
SZA – “The Weekend”
The Internet – “Come Over”

ALBUM/MIXTAPE OF THE YEAR

Chloe X Halle – The Kids Are Alright
Chris Brown – Heartbreak on a Full Moon
H.E.R. – H.E.R.
Leon Bridges – Good Thing
Miguel – War & Leisure
The Internet – Hive Mind

THE ASHFORD AND SIMPSON SONGWRITER'S AWARD

“Finesse” (Remix) – Written by Gene Hernandez, Belcalis Almanzar, Chris Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Ray McCullough, Klenord Raphael, Jeremy Reeves, James Yip, Ray Romulus (Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B)

“Summertime Magic” – Written by Donald Glover, Ludwig Goransson (Childish Gambino)

“Best Part” – Written by Ashton Simmonds, H.E.R., Riley Bell, Matthew Burnett, Jordan Evans (Daniel Caesar featuring H.E.R.)

“Boo’d Up” – Written by Ella Howell, Dijon McFarlane, Joelle James, Larrance Dopson (Ella Mai)

“Focus” – Written by H.E.R., Darhyl Camper, Justin Love (H.E.R.)

“Broken Clocks” – Written by Solana Rowe, Cody Fayne, Adam Feeney, Ashton Simmonds, Thomas Beesley (SZA)

BEST DANCE PERFORMANCE

Bruno Mars – “Finesse” (Remix) featuring Cardi B
Chris Brown – “Tempo”
Ciara – “Level Up”
HoodCelebrityy – “Walking Trophy”
Janet Jackson – “Made for Now” featuring Daddy Yankee

BEST COLLABORATION PERFORMANCE

Bruno Mars – “Finesse” (Remix) featuring Cardi B
Daniel Caesar – “Best Part” featuring H.E.R.
John Legend – “A Good Night” featuring BloodPop
Khalid featuring Ty Dolla $ign and 6lack – “OTW”
SZA – “Doves in the Wind” featuring Kendrick Lamar

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Bruno Mars – “Finesse” (Remix) featuring Cardi B
Ella Mai – “Boo’d Up”
H.E.R. – “Avenue”
SZA – “Broken Clocks”
The Internet – “Come Over”

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"So excited to announce “Witness!” a special performance piece composed and directed by myself at the phenomenal @elbphilharmonie (photo’d here:)," she wrote on Instagram to accompany a photo of the event flyer, which features the picturesque venue. Tickets for the performance go on sale on May 31.

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