CENTRIC Honors R&B Phenomenon Earth, Wind and Fire and the ‘Empress of Soul’ Gladys Knight as Soul Train Awards Legends

CENTRIC announces the 3rd annual SOUL TRAIN AWARDS, the classic music awards show that highlights R&B music’s finest and bridges the gap between the soulful sounds of yesterday, today and tomorrow. Celebrated actor and stand-up comedian Cedric the Entertainer will host the 3rd annual SOUL TRAIN AWARDS, taping at the iconic Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA on Thursday, November 17 and premiering on both CENTRIC and BET in a special simulcast at 9:00 PM* ET on Sunday, November 27.

Celebrating 40 years, the 3rd annual SOUL TRAIN AWARDS will honor the longstanding careers and musical influences of the renowned group Earth, Wind, and Fire and “Empress of Soul” Gladys Knight.

“We are honored to be celebrating 40 years of Soul Train by bringing the SOUL TRAIN AWARDS back to CENTRIC,” stated Paxton Baker, CENTRIC’s General Manager and Executive Vice President. The Soul Train brand has played a fundamental role in shaping American culture. With such a dynamic host and illustrious legends, I am confident that this year’s show will be the best yet.”

“We are thrilled to have an opportunity to partner with BET/Centric again to produce another SOUL TRAIN AWARDS presentation,” said Soul Train CEO Kenard Gibbs. “These annual awards allow us to celebrate the legacy of the Soul Train brand by showcasing amazing new talent that has been influenced by the music icons who have contributed to the success of the Soul Train series.”

Charismatic actor/ comedian Cedric “The Entertainer” is best known for his many crowd-pleasing performances in such hit films as “Barbershop,” “Be Cool,” “Madagascar,” “Intolerable Cruelty,” and “The Original Kings of Comedy” to name a few. He most recently co-starred opposite Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks in the comedy feature “Larry Crowne” and will next be seen starring  in the political drama “Grass Roots” directed by Steven Gyllenhaal. He then lends his voice to the animated feature “Madagascar 3.”

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Cedric’s universal appeal, versatility, and tremendous career successes spanning television, live performances, and film have solidified his standing as one of the premier entertainers in the world. As a philanthropist, Cedric  founded “The Cedric ‘The Entertainer’ Charitable Foundation”, which provides scholarships and outreach programs to enhance the lives of inner-city youth and their families in his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. He plans to extend the foundation nationally. Cedric has awarded over 100 scholarships and countless incentives through his foundation.

The SOUL TRAIN AWARDS is produced by BET Event Productions and Sunseeker Media and directed by Manny Rodriguez. Paxton Baker, CENTRIC Executive Vice President and General Manager, Tami Willis-Arasli, CENTRIC Vice President of Specials and Music and Derek Lewis, Vice President of Production Programming; Bart Phillips, Sunseeker Media; and Soul Train Holdings’ Kenard Gibbs will all be the executive producers of the network telecast. The SOUL TRAIN AWARDS is produced in cooperation with the City of Atlanta led by Mayor Kasim Reed and Stacii Jae Johnson, Special Events Director for the Office of the Mayor. For more information, please visit www.centrictv.com.

Check out this classic clip of Soul Train from Episode 001: Gladys Knight and the Pips perform “Friendship Train”



  1. Andre Alexander Jr says:

    I think Stephanie mills should be honored

  2. Ann says:

    Please honor Stephanie Mills for a lifetime achievement award. She should have been one of the performers to honor Ms. Gladys Knight this year. I know Soul Train is trying to reach a younger market, but we older ones that grew up watching the show need props too. The artists that pay tribute to Ms. Knight I could not believe it. I hope next year you guys can do a little better.

  3. Alicia says:

    what does moderation mean?

  4. Alicia says:

    does anyone know if el debarge will be appearing on the 2011 soul train awards show. will he perform?

  5. Robert DeMaree says:

    Finally!!! Props to a band that have been doing their thing for over FORTY YEARS–yet, without ONE member being the talk of the REHAB community!!!! Musicians of today–LISTEN UP!!!!

  6. Monnica Scott says:

    Please honor Frankie Beverly and Maze, they deserve the Legend Award !!

  7. Kadeem Richardson says:

    Did Soul For Real Perform? They are the only group that Heavy D. had!!!!!!!!!!!

    404-529-1901 work 678-437-2385 cell. My co-worker Vanzella Stroud is a big fan of GLADYS KNIGHT. And I would like to know how we could get (2) tickets for the SOUL TRAIN MUSIC AWARDS taping on Thursday November 17, 2011 at the FABULOUS FOX THEATER.

  9. Eve Adams-Lawson says:

    I’m very glad that the Iconic R & B Musical group EARTH, WIND, & FIRE are finally being rightfully honored. They have been more essential to American Music than any other Musical Group of my generation. They are the most Brilliant Band to be formed in the last 50 years.

  10. Carisha says:


    Im a editor for RunwayInk and we would like to cover the event. Where can I please recieve a media pass for the company. It would be a honor to attend.

  11. Ladee Storem says:

    I’m with BTTV Media Group and I’ve been a part of the Media for 6 years with the Trumpet Awards, Stella Awards, BET Hip Hop Awards, Beffta Awards, How Sweet The Sound, Gospel Choice Awards etc. and I would like to be with the Media for the Soul Train Awards. Who do I contact?


    Sharon{Ladee Storem} Acres

  12. Jamal says:

    When the nominations come out?

  13. Can’t wait for this!

  14. eyemediadiva says:

    This should be good!

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