Erykah Badu Announced as Host of the SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2015; Jill Scott and Babyface to be honored

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Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds to Receive the Legend Award while Jill Scott to be Honored with First-Ever Lady of Soul Award at Soul Music’s Annual Event

Soul Train Awards to Air on Centric and BET, November 29th at 8PM ET

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CENTRIC today announced that the SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2015 will be hosted by the incomparable singer-songwriter Erykah Badu. The hippest trip led by the illest chick will celebrate soul music’s R&B legends alongside the next wave of talented artists. Filmed November 6 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, the SOUL TRAIN AWARDS will air on CENTRIC and BET on November 29th, 2015 at 8PM ET.

Musical luminaries being honored at the show include Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, who jill scottwill receive the Legend Award and Jill Scott who will accept the first-ever Lady of Soul Award. These icons are being recognized for their longstanding presence in the industry and influence on the world of music past and present. R&B legend and record producer Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds has won 11 Grammy Awards and written and produced 26 No. 1 R&B hits. His new album, Return of the Tender Lover, will be released December 4th. A torchbearer of R&B music, Jill is a 3x Grammy Award-winner who has also established herself as a critically acclaimed actress as well as a New York Times bestselling poet.

The SOUL TRAIN AWARDS will feature an exciting lineup of unforgettable performances and viewers can expect special appearances by some of the brightest stars in entertainment. The event annually showcases Soul Train’s influence on the history of music and dance from the 70s to today.

Another fun addition for visitors to look forward to is the full SOUL TRAIN WEEKEND November 5-7. Packages are on sale now on Ticketmaster.com, starting at $800. Individual tickets can be purchased for the Centric Presents Soul Train Awards at Orleans Arena (orleansarena.com) and the Soul Train Weekend Concert featuring R. Kelly with special guest Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds (Ticketmaster.com). General admission tickets to the Soul Train Weekend Late Night Party at LIGHT nightclub will be available at a later date to be announced. Additional information and ticketing can be found at SoulTrainWeekend.com.

The SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2015 is produced by Jesse Collins Entertainment. Executive Producers of the network telecast are as follows: Debra Lee, Stephen Hill, Connie Orlando and Lynne Harris Taylor from BET; and Jesse Collins from Jesse Collins Entertainment. Erykah Badu is an Associate Producer.

For show information, please visit BET.com/SoulTrain, the official site for SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2015. To apply for media credentials to cover the SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2015 red carpet, please visit: www.betpressroom.com

About CENTRIC

Centric is the only multi-platform lifestyle brand designed to boldly celebrate the diverse and beautiful world of Black women. A 24-hour music and entertainment channel, Centric has its finger on the pulse of an ever-changing beat and delivers compelling content that reflects, inspires and addresses the unique perspectives of Black women.

About BET Networks

BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and sub-Saharan Africa. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions: BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; CENTRIC, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the 25- to 54-year-old African-American audience; BET Digital Networks – BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Home Entertainment, a collection of BET-branded offerings for the home environment including DVDs and video-on-demand; BET Event Productions, a full-scale event management and production company with festivals and live events spanning the globe; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET in the United Kingdom and oversees the extension of BET network programming for global distribution.

About Soul Train Holdings

SOUL TRAIN HOLDINGS, LLC was formed in May 2008 and is owned by InterMedia Partners and a partnership between Magic Johnson Enterprises and Ron Burkle’s investment firm, The Yucaipa Companies. The iconic franchise and catalog consists of more than 1,100 episodes and 40 specials from Don Cornelius Productions, Inc. Soul Train is the longest running, first-run, nationally syndicated music program in television history. During its 35-year run, the show featured lasting innovations such as the Soul Train line and the legendary sign off “Love, Peace and Soul.” At the heart of the show was Don Cornelius, the dancers and influential artists such as James Brown, Al Green, Ike & Tina Turner, Hall & Oates, Donna Summer, Marvin Gaye, The Jackson 5, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Whitney Houston, David Bowie, Prince, Run D.M.C. and Destiny’s Child.

About the Orleans Arena

The Orleans Arena, a Boyd Gaming facility located just west of the Las Vegas Strip, is one of the nation’s leading multi-purpose sports and entertainment facilities and the 2014 recipient of the Venue Excellence Award from the International Association of Venue Managers. In addition, the Orleans Arena is one of only a handful of arenas in the United States to achieve LEED Gold Certification and is part of the largest company in Nevada to achieve SHARP Certification for commitments to safe venue operations. According to Venues Today magazine, the Orleans Arena, which hosts more than 200 events each year, consistently ranks in the Top 10 for ticket sales in the United States and internationally among venues of similar size. These events include nationally touring concerts, NCAA basketball conference tournaments, family shows, motorsports and other unique events. For more information, call 702-365-7469 or visit www.OrleansArena.com. Stay connected to the Orleans Arena on Facebook (www.facebook.com/orleansarena) and on Twitter (@orleansarena).

Contacts

MEDIA:
Centric/BET Networks
Terrece Walker, 212-205-3264
Terrece.Walker@bet.net
or
DKC Public Relations
310-280-2013/310-341-2874
BET@dkcnews.com

 

5 Comments

  1. YOLANDA Y PENDLETON says:

    I would love to hear a song from Tyrese and Adele. Those has a soulful pick to their voice that it just exciting soulful. Great awards and red carpet previews. Thank You

  2. julieprice says:

    I love Grace Jones she is what a classy women is in all since of the word.She always
    Has. She played her roles like the person only she could , so give her her props she deserves them .And if they don’t he’ll she’s got enough pa’Z to tell everybody “To Kiss her Ass” I for one say u go girl.~2snaps

  3. barb says:

    She is not worthy of that much too soon in her.career should have gone to a icon like chaka or matalie who had number 1 album or single in every decade since the 70;s

  4. Hello Im sooo excited to Hear that Jill Scott is goin to be honored again.i am a huge fan and ive lived to see every path of her years as an entertainer.Ive been there since day #1.Ive collected posters,magazines,cd’s,clippings and every piece of music with her name on it.I wish i could be a part of this huge event.I am willing to share some of the things ive collected over the 15 years of Jill’s career.Ive been to every concert.Ive met her in 2008 n took 2 great photos with her.I love what she has done though the whole 15 years.She has made me into the great person i am today. would love to just be apart of this event.Who can i contact to see if i can be apart of this.This would be a Dream come true to me.

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