Beyonce, Keri Hilson and Maxwell lead the way at the revamped Soul Train Awards after landing four nominations apiece on Friday (23Oct09).
Beyonce will battle Jennifer Hudson and Whitney Houston for the Best Female R&B/Soul Artist and also compete for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Album of the Year honours, while Maxwell will be up against Robin Thicke and Raphael Saadiq in the Best Male R&B/Soul Artist category; he'll also fight Beyonce for Album of the Year and Record of the Year.
Meanwhile, Hilson is up for Best New Artist, Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Collaboration - for her Knock You Down duet with Kanye West and Ne-Yo.
The 3 November (09) event, which will be hosted by Hustle & Flow co-stars Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, will also salute the careers of Chaka Khan, Charlie Wilson and hitmakers Antonio 'L.A.' Reed and Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds.
The ceremony will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of Motown Records and honour the late Michael Jackson with the Entertainer of the Year Award.