The third annual SOUL TRAIN AWARDS readies an extraordinary show for this year’s presentation, taping on Thursday, November 17 at the Fox Theater in Atlanta, GA. Hosted by the original king of comedy, Cedric “The Entertainer”, the 2011 SOUL TRAIN AWARDS will premiere on both CENTRIC and BET on Sunday, November 27 at 9:00 PM*. Legendary group The Original 7Ven, The Group Formerly Known As The Time will open the show with an explosive performance, followed by multi-Grammy Award winning songstress Natalie Cole, Jill Scott, Mindless Behavior, Robin Thicke, Lloyd, Miguel, Melanie Fiona, Keith Sweat, BeBe Winans, Joe, Lalah Hathaway, Kenny Latimore. They will all light up the stage with performances and first-ever collaborations to honor this year’s Legend Award recipients Earth, Wind and Fire and Gladys Knight.
The SOUL TRAIN AWARDS will acknowledge the achievements of today’s most famed entertainers in 11 categories. R&B superstar Chris Brown is leading the pack with five nominations across multiple categories. Chris Brown’s nominations include Best Male R&B/Soul Artist, Song of the Year, Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Best Dance Performance. International sensation Beyoncé receives nominations in the Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Best Female R&B/Soul Artist and Best Dance Performance categories. Kanye West is tied with Beyoncé with four nominations in three categories (Best Hip Hop Song of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year) and is followed by three nominations for artists Kelly Rowland, Adele, Marsha Ambrosius, and Miguel.
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The SOUL TRAIN AWARDS is a presentation of Centric and Sunseeker Media and directed by Manny Rodriguez. Paxton Baker, Tami Willis-Arasli, Derek Lewis, Centric; Bart Phillips, Sunseeker Media; and Soul Train Holdings’ Kenard Gibbs will all be the executive producers of the network telecast, along with Cedric Kyles and Eric Rhone. 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.
SOUL TRAIN AWARDS ‘11 NOMINEES AND CATEGORIES
Best New Artist : Bruno Mars, Marsha Ambrosius, Miguel, Frank Ocean
Best Male R&B/Soul Artist: Trey Songz, Chris Brown, R.Kelly, Miguel, Cee Lo Green, Eric Benet
Centric Award: Ledisi, Raphael Saddiq, Bilal, Anthony David, Aloe Blac
Best Caribbean Performance: Rihanna- Man Down, Vybz Kartel- Summer Time, Kes The Band- Wotless, Machel Montano- Bend Over, Movado-Delilah
Best Gospel Performance: Kirk Franklin- I Smile, Mary Mary- Walking, Trin-I-Tee 5:7- Heaven Hear My Heart, James Fortune- I Believe, Cece Winans- More
Album of the Year: Adele- 21, Chris Brown- F.A.M.E, Beyonce- 4, Trey Songz- Passion Pain & Pleasure, Jill Scott- Light of the Sun, Jay-z/Kanye West- Watch the Throne
Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year : Nicki Minaj- Moment for Life, Kanye West- All of the Lights, Chris Brown- Look at Me Now, Lupe Fiasco- Out of My Head, Kanye West/Jay-Z- Otis
Best Female R&B/Soul Artist: Kelly Rowland, Beyonce’, Marsha Ambrosius, Jennifer Hudson, Jill Scott, Mary J. Blige
Song of the Year : Motivation-Kelly Rowland feat. Lil’ Wayne, Sure Thing-Miguel, Rolling in the Deep-Adele, She Ain’t You-Chris Brown, All of the Lights- Kanye West, So In Love-Jill Scott feat. Anthony Hamilton
Record of the Year (The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award) : Rolling in the Deep-Adele (Writers: Adele, Paul Epworth), Far Away-Marsha Ambrosius (Writers: Marsha Ambrosius, Sterling Simms),Best Thing I Never Had-Beyoncé (Writers: Antonio Dixon; Kenneth Edmonds; Larry Griffin, Jr.; Beyoncé Knowles; Caleb McCampbell; Patrick Smith; Shea Taylor), Good Man-Raphael Saddiq (Writers: Raphael Saadiq, Taura Stinson), Hold My Hand (Duet with Akon)-Michael Jackson (Writers: Aliaune Thiam (Akon), Giorgio Tuinfort, Claude Kelly)
Best Dance Performance: Motivation-Kelly Rowland ,Only Girl in the World//What’s My Name-Rihanna, Run The World-Beyoncé, She Ain’t You-Chris Brown, Walking-Mary Mary, Pretty Girl Rock-Keri Hilson