R+B newcomer Ciara has beat out a long list of stars to scoop five Soul Train Lady Of Soul Awards nominations yesterday (09AUG05).

The 1-2 STEP singer, girlfriend of teen rapper Bow Wow, edged out Destiny's Child, Amerie and American Idol champ Fantasia, who all scored four nods each.

Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey, Missy Elliott and Nina Sky pulled in two nominations apiece.

The awards ceremony, which is now in its 10th year, will be hosted by Brian McKnight, Toni Braxton and Ciara next month (SEP05).