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Kendrick Lamar leads 2013 Soul Train Awards

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Sep 17, 2013 | 1:28pm EDT

Rapper Kendrick Lamar will lead the way at the 2013 Soul Train Awards after scoring six top nominations. The hip-hop star's good kid, m.A.A.d city release will compete for Album of the Year, going up against Jay Z's Magna Carta... Holy Grail, Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience and Rihanna's Unapologetic, while his track Poetic Justice, featuring Drake, is up for both song and Video of the Year. Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke, Chris Brown's Fine China and Tamar Braxton's Love and War have also been shortlisted for the two categories, while Poetic Justic will be in the running for Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year too. In addition, Lamar has earned mentions for Best New Artist and Best Collaboration for his verse on Miguel's How Many Drinks. Meanwhile, Brown, Thicke, John Legend, Bruno Mars, Miguel and Charlie Wilson will do battle for Best R&B/Soul Male Artist, and Alicia Keys, Braxton, Kelly Rowland, Janelle Monae, Fantasia and Chrisette Michelle will compete for the female equivalent. The Best Dance Performance rundown features Thicke (Blurred Lines), Timberlake (Suit & Tie with Jay Z), Brown (Fine China) and Ciara (Body Party), while the Centric Certified Award will be a fight between the likes of Talib Kweli, Joss Stone and Solange. The 2013 Soul Train Awards will take place in Las Vegas on 8 November (13) and will be presented by actor Anthony Anderson.

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