Soul Train Awards Artist Spotlight: Cedric the Entertainer

Over the last 35 years, the Soul Train Awards has selected some of the greatest personalities in show business to host the prestigious event. Each year the show’s emcee works diligently to take the previous host’s performance to the next level.  Last year’s presenter, however, was a very tough act to follow; his delivery was so successful, they needed him to come back again. As his fans would attest, the Awards could only “hope”…or “wish” to find a better candidate. 

Superstar comedian and actor Cedric the Entertainer returns for a second year in a row to host the 2012 Soul Train Awards, premiering Sunday, November 25th on BET and Centric (9PM EST). The King of Comedy is no newcomer to the hosting role; his previous stints as host of BET’s Comic View and of his own variety show, Cedric the Entertainer Presents, leave him well prepared to keep the crowd doubled over in laughter. In addition, Cedric’s skills as a storyteller, dancer, and performer are paralleled by few in the entertainment business. Couple these traits with his signature style of dress and cool demeanor, and we are discussing one of the greatest comedians of our time.

Born in Jefferson City, Missouri as Cedric Kyles, Cedric the Entertainer has made us laugh and smile professionally for 25 years.  He has acted or performed voice-overs in more than two dozen movies, and has captured our hearts on the small screen. His memorable role as Cedric Jackie Robinson on The Steve Harvey Show often stole the show, while his voice drove the antics of the humorous Bobby Proud on the Disney Network cartoon, The Proud Family. Perhaps Cedric’s most celebrated contribution to the entertainment industry, however, is his stand-up comedy. Building his reputation as a frequent guest on Def Comedy Jam and host on Comic View, his breakthrough came in 2000 on the historic comedy tour The Original Kings of Comedy. Standing tall amongst fellow comedic giants Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley, and the late Bernie Mac, Cedric routinely delivered an incredible performance, highlighted in the movie release of the tour.

Though he is known worldwide as Cedric the Entertainer, he also revels in his role as “Cedric the Family Man”. Marrying Lorna Wells in 1999, Cedric is the father of three: Tiara, Croix, and Lucky Rose. Elements of his family life commonly show up in his stand-up and most recently, his new sitcom on TV Land, Soul Man. On the show, Cedric plays a former R&B singer-turned pastor who moves his family and attempts to adjust to a more reserved lifestyle.

As host of the Soul Train Awards, Cedric is and will be everything but reserved. Look forward to high energy, great moves, and hilarious jokes as he welcomes some of the biggest names in show business. Prepare to laugh, sing, dance, and of course…be entertained!

–Cedric Perry

Cedric Perry is a producer, blogger, and author of the novels “In Line for Love” and “Homecoming”. Currently he produces the web sitcom “We’re Just Talking” and hosts “Pick 6″, a talk show which discusses everyday issues, highlighting how to successfully maneuver through them. For more, follow him on twitter at @chrisbrown_skin and check out his blog at www.cedsconfessions.com.

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