Prince Named As "Soul Train" Artist Of The Decade

After scoring a gold album with 1999's "Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic," Prince has learned that he'll be named the "Artist Of The Decade" during the 14th Annual Soul Train Music Awards, which will be handed out at a ceremony next month in Los Angeles.

Even though Prince's '90s albums didn't match the success of his '80s works, he still managed to issue ten records in the past decade, including "Graffiti Bridge," "Diamonds And Pearls," 1992's untitled LP -- also known as the "Symbol" record, "Chaos And Disorder," "Emancipation," and "Crystal Ball," among others.

On Thursday night, Montell Jordan and Tamia will host a cocktail party at Paramount Studios in Hollywood to announce all of the nominees for this year's Soul Train Music Awards, with Donell Jones and IMX scheduled to perform.

Even though the nominees will have to sweat it out for a couple of weeks, organizers for the Soul Train Music Awards have already acknowledged several of the show's other big winners.

In addition to Prince, soul singer Mary J. Blige and rapper DMX will both be honored with the Sammy Davis, Jr. Awards for "Entertainer Of The Year."

Hosted by Eric Benét, TLC's Lisa "Left Eye" Lopez, Tamia, and Shemar Moore, the 14th Annual Soul Train Music Awards will be held on March 4 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.