Despite complaints from music fans that she wasn't worthy of the title, R&B superstar Ashanti accepted entertainer of the year kudos at Saturday's Lady of Soul Awards. More than 28,000 signatures had been gathered on an Internet petition protesting the decision to select her for the honor. Ashanti made no mention of the controversy during the show, but Patti LaBelle said the 21-year-old was "extremely deserving of this wonderful recognition." Other winners included late singer Aaliyah, Destiny's Child and Alicia Keys.