Alicia Keys, Usher And Drake Lead Soul Train Awards

Alicia Keys is having a fantastic week — last Thursday she gave birth to her son Egypt with new hubby Swizz Beatz, and now the singer can celebrate being the most nominated female at BET’s 2010 Soul Train Awards. Keys and Usher are up for four awards each, with Alicia’s “Fireworks” collaborator Drake following close behind with three noms. Plus, Nicki Minaj will duke it out with B.o.B for Best New Artist — pretty tough call. Full list of nominees below.

SONG OF THE YEAR “Everything To Me” – Monica “There Goes My Baby” – Usher “Un-Thinkable (I’m Ready)” – Alicia Keys “Soldier Of Love” – Sade “Nothing On You” – B.o.B. feat. Bruno Mars

BEST HIP HOP SONG OF THE YEAR“Love The Way You Lie” – Eminem feat. Rihanna “B.M.F. (Blowin Money Fast)”  – Rick Ross feat. Styles P “Your Love” – Nicki Minaj “Find Your Love” – Drake “Shutterbugg” – Big Boi feat. Cutty “I Got Your Back” – T.I. feat. Keri Hilson

BEST MALE R&B/SOUL MALEUsher Kem Trey Songz Ne-Yo Jaheim

BEST R&B/SOUL ARTIST FEMALEAlicia Keys Erykah Badu Monica Fantasia Mary J. Blige

ALBUM OF THE YEARAlicia Keys – The Element Of Freedom Usher – Raymond vs. Raymond Sade – Soldier of Love Drake – Thank Me Later Erykah Badu – New Amerykah Part Two-Return of the Ankh

BEST NEW ARTIST Melanie Fiona B.o.B. Nicki Minaj Dondria Wale

BEST REGGAE ARTIST AWARDGyptian Damian Marley Mr. Vegas Jah Cure Vybz Kartel Gramps Morgan

CENTRIC AWARDJesse Boykins III Dwele Dondria Corrine Bailey Rae Janelle Monáe

BEST GOSPEL PERFORMANCE MALE, FEMALE OR GROUPYouthful Praise feat. J.J. Harrison Fred Hammond Marvin Sapp Lisa Page Brooks Hezekiah Walker & LFC Tye Tribbett

RECORD OF THE YEARFantasia – “Bittersweet” (Charles Harmon, Claude Kelly, Michael Mentore) El Debarge – “Second Chance” (songwriters: El Debarge & Mischke) Drake –“Find Your Love” (songwriters: Bhasker, J; Graham, A; Reynolds, P; West, Kanye) R.Kelly – “When A Woman Loves” (songwriter R. Kelly) Alicia Keys – “Un-Thinkable(I’m Ready)” (songwriters: Keys, Aubrey Graham, Brothers, Noah “40” Shebib)

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