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Soul Awards Name Vogue and Hammer : Music: The vocal group and the rapper are the first recording artists to take five Soul Train Music Awards nominations.

From United Press International

Rapper M. C. Hammer and vocal group En Vogue today became the first recording artists to take five Soul Train Music Awards nominations.

Hammer’s top-selling rap album, “Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em,” was nominated for male R&B;/urban contemporary album of the year and best rap album.

His single “U Can’t Touch This” was among the nominees in three categories: best male R&B;/urban contemporary single, R&B;/urban contemporary song of the year and best R&B;/urban contemporary music video.

En Vogue’s single “Hold On” will go against Hammer’s in the music video and song categories. In addition, “Hold On” was nominated for best R&B;/urban contemporary single and En Vogue’s “Born To Sing” as best R&B;/urban contemporary album by a group, band or duo.

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En Vogue also will compete for the best R&B;/urban contemporary new artist award, against Oleta Adams (“Rhythm Of Life”), Vanilla Ice (“Ice Ice Baby”) and multiple-Grammy nominee Mariah Carey (“Love Takes Time”).

The awards in 12 categories will be presented in a live broadcast March 12 from the Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium.


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