Two newcomers, Maxwell and and the group 112, also scored big. They each had three nods for Soul Train trophies--the most prestigious R&B honors in the industry. The awards are based on a survey of 3,000 radio programmers and record retailers.
Edmonds, who last month tied a record with 12 Grammy nominations, will also receive the Sammy Davis Jr. Award for entertainer of the year. Legendary singer-composer-producer Curtis Mayfield will be the first recipient of the Quincy Jones Award for outstanding career achievement.
The awards will be presented Friday, March 7, 1997 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, and will be co-hosted by Gladys Knight, LL Cool J and Brandy. The show will air in most cities on the same day on independent stations.
Here is the complete list of nominees for the 11th annual Soul Train Awards:
Best R&B/Soul Single, Female: "Not Gon' Cry," Mary J. Blige; "Sittin' Up In My Room," Brandy; "You're Makin' Me High/Let It Flow," Toni Braxton; "Why I Love You So Much," Monica
Best R&B/Soul Single, Male: "Lady," D'Angelo; "All The Things (Your Man Won't Do)," Joe; "Ascension (Don't Ever Wonder)," Maxwell; "Twisted," Keith Sweat
Best R&B/Soul Single, Group, Band or Duo: "Only You," 112; "Last Night," AZ Yet; "No Diggity," Blackstreet featuring Dr. Dre; "What Kind Of Man Would I Be," Mint Condition
Best R&B/Soul Album, Female: One In A Million, Aaliyah; Secrets, Toni Braxton; Moods...Moments, Monifah; Peace Beyond Passion, Me' shell Ndegeocello
Best R&B/Soul Album, Male: The Day, Babyface; R. Kelly, R. Kelly; Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite, Maxwell; Keith Sweat, Keith Sweat
Best R&B/Soul Album, Group, Band or Duo: 112, 112; Mission To Please, Isley Brothers; Definition Of A Band, Mint Condition; Home Again, New Edition
R&B/Soul or Rap Album of the Year: All Eyez On Me, 2Pac; The Score, Fugees; R. Kelly, R. Kelly; Atliens, Outkast
Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist: "Only You," 112; "Last Night," AZ Yet; "Ascension (Don't Ever Wonder)," Maxwell; "Nobody Knows," The Tony Rich Project
Best R&B/Soul or Rap Music Video: "How Do You Want It/California Love," 2Pac featuring KC & Jojo; "Tha Crossroads," Bone Thugs-N-Harmony; "Woo-hah! Got You All In Check," Busta Rhymes; "Doin It," LL Cool J
Best Jazz Album: New Standard, Herbie Hancock; Q's Jook Joint, Quincy Jones; All For You (A Dedication to the Nat King Cole Trio), Diana Krall; Lay Your Hands On Me, Art Porter
Best Gospel Album: I've Got A Testimony, Rev. Clay Evans; Whatcha Lookin' 4, Kirk Franklin and The Family; Count On God, Dootie Peoples & the Peoples Choice Chorale; Live On The East Coast, The Williams Sisters