LOS ANGELES -- R&B newcomers Arrested Development led the nominees announced for the seventh annual Soul Train Music Awards with a record six bids out of 12 categories.
The female quartet En Vogue ranked second with four nominations.
The nominations were announced Tuesday by Miki Howard, Shanice Wilson and Chante Moore at a news conference in Los Angeles.
Arrested Development's six nominations topped pop superstar Michael Jackson's previous record of five nominations in one year.
The Atlanta-based group's '3 Years 5 Months & 2 Days In The Life Of. ..' was up for best album honors in both R&B and rap categories.
The group's single 'Tennessee' was nominated best R&B single by a group, band or duo, as well as R&B song of the year. It also put Arrested Devlopment in contention for best R&B new artist.
The group's 'People Everyday' was nominated for best R&B music video.
En Vogue was up against Arrested Development in four categories: R&B album for 'Funky Divas,' R&B single and song for 'My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It),' and R&B video for 'Give Him Something He Can Feel.'
Michael Jackson, newcomer Mary J. Blige and chart leaders Boyz II Men had three nominations each. Solo singers Bobby Brown and Vanessa Williams took two nominations apiece, as did teen rappers Kris Kross.
The awards for R&B, rap, jazz and gospel will be presented March 9 in ceremonies at the Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium.
The nominees in 12 categories were:
R&B single, female: 'Real Love,' Mary J. Blige; 'Love Shoulda Brought You Home,' Toni Braxton; 'I Will Always Love You,' Whitney Houston; 'Save The Best For Last,' Vanessa Williams.
R&B single, male: 'Games,' Chuckii Booker; 'Humpin' Around,' Bobby Brown; 'Remember The Time,' Michael Jackson; 'Baby Got Back,' Sir Mix-A-Lot.
R&B single, group, band or duo: 'Tennessee,' Arrested Development; 'Please Don't Go,' Boyz II Men; 'My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It),' En Vogue; 'Come & Talk To Me,' Jodeci.
R&B album, female: 'What's The 411?' Mary J. Blige; 'MTV Unplugged EP,' Mariah Carey; 'Finally,' CeCe Peniston; 'Love Deluxe,' Sade.
R&B album, male: 'Bobby,' Bobby Brown; 'T.E.V.I.N.,' Tevin Campbell; 'Dangerous,' Michael Jackson; 'Brian McKnight,' Brian McKnight.
R&B album, group, band or duo: '3 Years 5 Months & 2 Days In The Life Of...,' Arrested Development; untitled album, Prince And The New Generation; 'Oooooohhh...On The TLC Tip,' TLC.
Rap album: '3 Years 5 Months & 2 Days In The Life Of...,' Arrested Development; 'Dead Serious,' Das Efx; 'Close To You,' Father M.C.; 'Totally Krossed Out,' Kris Kross.
Jazz album: 'Live At Birdland,' Gerald Albright; 'Snapshot,' George Duke; 'Do I Ever Cross Your Mind,' George Howard; 'Just An Illusion,' Najee.
Gospel album: 'My Mind Is made Up,' the Rev. Milton Brunson & the Thompson Community Singers; 'He's Working It Out For You,' Shirley Caesar; 'Number 7,' Commissioned; 'We Walk Faith,' John P. Kee & the New Life Community Choir.
R&B song of the year: 'Tennessee,' Arrested Development; 'End Of The Road,' Boyz II Men; 'My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It),' En Vogue; 'Save The Best For Last,' Vanessa Williams.
R&B new artist: Arrested Development ('Tennessee'), Mary J. Blige ('Real Love'), Kris Kross ('Jump'), Shai 'If I Ever Fall In Love.'
R&B music video: 'People Everyday,' Arrested Development; 'End Of The Road,' Boyz II Men; 'Giving him Something He Can Feel,' En Vogue; 'Remember The Time,' Michael Jackson.