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October continues to be a good month for R&B superstar Alicia Keys. 

On Monday, it was announced that the singer is up for four awards at this year’s Soul Train Awards. 

Keys’ hit “Un-Thinkable (I’m Ready)” will compete for Song of the Year and Record of the Year, while her album “The Element of Freedom” is up for Album of the Year. 

Keys is also nominated for Best R&B/Soul Artist Female.  News of Alicia Keys’ four nominations comes just days after she gave birth to her first child.  The vocalist and her husband, hip-hop producer Swizz Beatz, welcomed Egypt Daoud Dean into the world last Thursday in New York City.

Fellow R&B star Usher is also poised for a big night at next month’s Soul Train Awards.  His hit “OMG” is up for Best Dance Performance, while “There Goes My Baby” is competing for Song of the Year.  Usher’s “Raymond vs. Raymond” album is up for Album of the Year, while he also looks to take home Best Male R&B/Soul Male.  Following closely behind Alicia Keys and Usher is rap star Drake with three nominations.  He’s up for Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year, Album of the Year, and Record of the Year. 

The 2010 Soul Train Awards will be hosted by Hollywood actors Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson.  Rick Ross, Cee-Lo and Keyshia Cole will also be on hand for performances.  The awards will be presented November 10th during a ceremony at Atlanta’s Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.  The 2010 Soul Train Awards will then air November 28th at 9:00 p.m. Eastern and Pacific on BET and Centric.

Here are the nominees for the 2010 Soul Train Awards:

BEST NEW ARTIST

Melanie Fiona

B.o.B.

Nicki Minaj

Dondria

Wale

BEST R&B/SOUL ARTIST FEMALE

Alicia Keys

Erykah Badu

Monica

Fantasia

BEST MALE R&B/SOUL MALE

Usher

Kem

Trey Songz

Ne-Yo

BEST REGGAE ARTIST AWARD

Gyptian

Damian Marley

Mr. Vegas

Jah Cure

Vybz Kartel

Gramps Morgan

BEST GOSPEL PERFORMANCE MALE, FEMALE OR GROUP

Youthful Praise feat.  J.J. Harrison

Fred Hammond

Marvin Sapp

Lisa Page Brooks

Hezekiah Walker & LFC

Tye Tribbett

BEST DANCE PERFORMANCE

Rihanna, “Rude Boy”

Ne-Yo, “Beautiful Monster”

Usher, “OMG”

Janelle Monae feat. Big Boi, “Tightrope”

CENTRIC AWARD

Jesse Boykins III

Dwele

Dondria

Corrine Bailey Rae

Janelle Monae

BEST HIP-HOP SONG OF THE YEAR

Eminem feat. Rihanna, “Love The Way You Lie”

Rick Ross feat. Styles P, “B.M.F. (Blowin Money Fast)”

Nicki Minaj, “Your Love”

Drake, “Find Your Love”

Big Boi feat. Cutty, “Shutterbug”

T.I. feat. Keri Hilson, “I Got Your Back”

SONG OF THE YEAR

Monica, “Everything To Me”

Usher, “There Goes My Baby”

Alicia Keys, “Un-Thinkable (I’m Ready)”

Sade, “Soldier Of Love”

B.o.B. feat. Bruno Mars, “Nothin On You”

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Alicia 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”

RECORD OF THE YEAR

Fantasia, “Bittersweet”

El Debarge, “Second Chance”

Drake, “Find Your Love”

R. Kelly, “When A Woman Loves”

Alicia Keys, “Un-Thinkable (I’m Ready)”

LEGENDS AWARD

Anita Baker

Ron Isley

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