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Ashanti, Musiq top Soul Train Music Awards. Each walks away with top R-and-B/soul single, album prizes

Ashanti and Musiq were the big winners Saturday night at the 17th annual Soul Train Music Awards. Ashanti, who caused some controversy last summer when ''Soul Train'' gave the rookie songstress its Aretha Franklin Entertainer of the Year awards at its Lady of Soul Awards, picked up Best R&B/Soul Album (''Ashanti'') and Best R&B/Soul Single (''Foolish'') among the female performers. Musiq won the same two prizes in the male categories, for his single ''Dontchange'' and his album ''Juslisen.''

Nelly, whose ''Nellyville'' won R&B/Soul or Rap Album of the Year, also picked up the Sammy Davis Jr. award for Entertainer of the Year. Lifetime achievement awards (named for Quincy Jones) went to Mariah Carey and LL Cool J. Arsenio Hall and Queen Latifah hosted the ceremony, which was held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium and broadcast in syndication. A list of winners is below.

Best R&B/Soul Single, Female
''Foolish,'' Ashanti

Best R&B/Soul Single, Male
''Dontchange,'' Musiq

Best R&B/Soul Single, Group, Band or Duo
''Bump, Bump, Bump,'' B2K featuring P. Diddy

Best R&B/Soul Album, Female
''Ashanti,'' Ashanti

Best R&B/Soul Album, Male
''Juslisen,'' Musiq

Best R&B/Soul Album, Group Band or Duo
''B2K,'' B2K

R&B/Soul or Rap Album of the Year
''Nellyville,'' Nelly

Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist
''Why Don't We Fall In Love,'' Amerie

The Michael Jackson Award for Best R&B/Soul or Rap Music Video
''Work It,'' Missy ''Misdemeanor'' Elliott

Best Gospel Album
''The Rebirth Of Kirk Franklin,'' Kirk Franklin

Originally posted Mar 03, 2003