Usher, SZA, and Summer Walker Lead the 2023 Soul Train Awards Nominations


The stage is set for a dazzling evening of soulful celebration as BET Networks unveils the nominees for the prestigious 2023 Soul Train Awards. Leading the pack with a remarkable nine nominations each are the illustrious Usher, the enchanting SZA, and the soulful sensation Summer Walker. This year’s ceremony promises to honor the best in R&B and soul music, with remarkable talents competing for accolades in various categories.

The battle for supremacy at the 2023 Soul Train Awards is intense, with Usher, SZA, and Summer Walker at the forefront. Usher’s nominations include the coveted Best R&B/Soul Male Artist and the esteemed Certified Soul Award. Furthermore, two of his tracks, “Boyfriend” and “Good Good” featuring Summer Walker and 21 Savage, are competing in categories like Best Dance Performance and Video of the Year.

SZA and Summer Walker are forces to be reckoned with. Both are nominated for Best R&B/Soul Female Artist, Album of the Year, The Ashford and Simpson Songwriter’s Award, and Best Collaboration for their respective masterpieces. This fierce competition is a testament to their incredible impact on the R&B and soul music landscape.

Coco Jones and Victoria Monét are making waves as well, each earning six nominations. Their hit songs “ICU” and “On My Mama” are in the running for Song of the Year and Video of the Year. Notably, Coco Jones and rapper/singer Doechii are nominated for Best New Artist for the second consecutive year, echoing their promising talents. Last year’s Best New Artist award went to the exceptional Tems.

The Soul Train Awards is not just about individual recognition but also acknowledges the best groups. This year’s nominees for Best Group include exciting acts like dvsn, FLO, Jagged Edge, Kool & The Gang, Maverick City Music, Phony Ppl, Ronald Isley & The Isley Brothers, Tank And The Bangas, and WanMor.

The coveted Album of the Year category features remarkable works, including Janelle Monáe‘s The Age Of Pleasure, Ari Lennox‘s age/sex/location, Summer Walker‘s CLEAR 2: SOFT LIFE EP, Babyface‘s Girls Night Out (Extended), Burna Boy‘s I Told Them…, Victoria Monét‘s JAGUAR II, SZA‘s SOS, and Coco Jones‘s What I Didn’t Tell You (Deluxe).

New artists are also in the spotlight. The Best New Artist category showcases fresh talents such as Ambré, Ayra Starr, Coco Jones, Doechii, FLO, Fridayy, Tyla, and WanMor.

The winners of these prestigious awards will be announced during the grand ceremony, which will be held at a new, undisclosed location in Los Angeles. The taped event will air on Sunday, November 26, at 8 PM ET on BET and BET Her. With so much talent and soulful excellence in one place, it promises to be an unforgettable night.

The 2023 Soul Train Awards nominations reflect the exceptional talent and creativity that continue to shape the world of R&B and soul music.