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
Best R&B/Soul Single, Male
Best R&B/Soul Single, Group, Band or Duo
''Bump, Bump, Bump,'' B2K featuring P. Diddy
Best R&B/Soul Album, Female
Best R&B/Soul Album, Male
Best R&B/Soul Album, Group Band or Duo
R&B/Soul or Rap Album of the Year
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