Soul Train Music Award for Best Album of the Year

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Soul Train Music Award
for Album of the Year
Awarded foralbums
CountryUnited States
Presented byBET
First awarded1997
Currently held byLizzoCuz I Love You
Most awardsBeyoncé (3)

This page lists the winners and nominees for the Soul Train Music Award for Best Album of the Year. Originally entitled Best R&B/Soul or Rap Album of the Year, it was first awarded during the 1997 ceremony. It was renamed to its current title during the 2004 ceremony. During the years 2005 to 2008, the category was separated to award female, male and group albums separate awards.

Beyoncé is the biggest winner with three wins.

Winners and nominees[edit]

Winners are listed first and highlighted in bold.


Year Artist Album Ref
2Pac All Eyez on Me [1]
The Fugees The Score
R. Kelly R. Kelly
Outkast ATLiens
Erykah Badu Baduizm [2]
Mary J. Blige Share My World
The Notorious B.I.G. Life After Death
Puff Daddy and the Family No Way Out
Lauryn Hill The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill [3]
Erykah Badu Erykah Badu Live
DMX It's Dark and Hell Is Hot
Jay Z Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life


Year Artist Album Ref
R. Kelly R. [4]
Mary J. Blige Mary
DMX Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood
TLC FanMail
Dr. Dre Dr. Dre 2001 [5]
Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP
Jay Z The Dynasty: Roc La Familia
R. Kelly
Jay Z The Blueprint [6]
Aaliyah Aaliyah
Ja Rule Pain Is Love
Alicia Keys Songs in A Minor
Nelly Nellyville [7]
Ashanti Ashanti
LL Cool J 10
Nas Stillmatic
OutKast Speakerboxxx/The Love Below [8]
Beyoncé Dangerously in Love
R. Kelly Chocolate Factory
Luther Vandross Dance with My Father
20052008 N/A
Beyoncé I Am... Sasha Fierce [9]
Jamie Foxx Intuition
Kanye West 808s & Heartbreak
Maxwell Blacksummers'night
Ne-Yo Year of the Gentleman
LeToya Luckett Lady Love (album)
Keri Hilson In a Perfect World...


Year Artist Album Ref
2010 Usher Raymond vs. Raymond [10]
Alicia Keys The Element of Freedom
Sade Soldier of Love
Drake Thank Me Later
Erykah Badu New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh)
2011 Chris Brown F.A.M.E. [11]
Adele 21
Beyoncé 4
Jay Z and Kanye West Watch the Throne
Jill Scott The Light of the Sun
Trey Songz Passion, Pain & Pleasure
2012 Frank Ocean Channel Orange [12]
Eric Benét The One
Nas Life is Good
R. Kelly Write Me Back
Usher Looking 4 Myself
2013 Kendrick Lamar Good Kid, M.A.A.D City [13]
Fantasia Side Effects of You
Jay Z Magna Carta Holy Grail
Miguel Kaleidoscope Dream
Rihanna Unapologetic
Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience
2014 Beyoncé Beyoncé [14]
Drake Nothing Was the Same
Michael Jackson Xscape
John Legend Love in the Future
Janelle Monáe The Electric Lady
Pharrell Williams Girl
2015 The Weeknd Beauty Behind the Madness [15]
Chris Brown X
D'Angelo and the Vanguard Black Messiah
Jill Scott Woman
Tyrese Black Rose
2016 Beyoncé Lemonade [16]
DJ Khaled Major Key
Drake Views
Rihanna Anti
Bryson Tiller T R A P S O U L
Kanye West The Life of Pablo
2017 Bruno Mars 24K Magic [17]
Mary J. Blige Strength of a Woman
Solange A Seat at the Table
SZA Ctrl
The Weeknd Starboy



Leon Bridges Good Thing
Chris Brown Heartbreak on a Full Moon
Chloe x Halle The Kids Are Alright
The Internet Hive Mind
Miguel War & Leisure


Cuz I Love You

Ari Lennox Shea Butter Baby
Chris Brown Indigo
Ella Mai Ella Mai
H.E.R. I Used to Know Her
Khalid Free Spirit

See also[edit]


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  13. ^ "Soul Train Awards 2013, Hosted by Anthony Anderson". BET. Retrieved 2016-10-14.
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  17. ^ "Solange, Bruno Mars Lead 2017 Soul Train Awards Nominations". Billboard. October 17, 2017. Retrieved October 19, 2017.
  18. ^ Mitchell, Gail. "2018 Soul Train Awards Exclusive: H.E.R., Bruno Mars & Cardi B Top Nominees". Billboard. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
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