NEW YORK, September 18, 2013 – CENTRIC today confirmed that actor and comedian Anthony Anderson will host the 2013 Soul Train Awards, celebrating and honoring R&B’s finest and most soulful artists, at one of the nation’s leading mid-size arenas, the Orleans Arena, in Las Vegas, NV. The show taping on November 8, 2013 promises to electrify with soul stirring performances, iconic tributes and a state-of-the-art second stage. The Soul Train Awards will air on CENTRIC and BET on December 1, 2013 at 8p PST / 7p Central.
“We are thrilled to bring the Soul Train Awards back to Las Vegas with a star-studded lineup that honors and celebrates icons and break-through artists alike.” said Paxton Baker, General Manager and Executive Vice President, CENTRIC. “We couldn’t be happier that Anthony is hosting the show this year and cannot wait to see what he has in store for us.”
Soul Train Awards host Anthony Anderson’s sharp wit and lovable sense of humor will entertain throughout the night. Anderson was recently tapped to host NBC’s upcoming family trivia series “Wall of Fame.” He previously entertained fans as the star of “Guys with Kids” and captivated audiences while playing Detective Kevin Bernard on NBC’s Emmy Award-winning drama “Law & Order.”
The 2013 Soul Train Awards will honor artists in 12 different categories. Hip-hop sensation Kendrick Lamar leads with six nominations across multiple categories, including: Best New Artist, Album of the Year and Song of the Year. Tied with five nominations each are Miguel, Justin Timberlake, Robin Thicke, Chris Brown and Tamar Braxton.
The Soul Train Awards is directed by Tony McCuin and produced by BET Event Productions and Sunseeker Media. Executive producers of the network telecast are as follows: Paxton Baker, CENTRIC Executive Vice President and General Manager; Tami Willis-Arasli, CENTRIC Vice President of Specials and Music; Derek Lewis, Vice President of Production Programming; Bart Phillips, Sunseeker Media; and Soul Train Holdings’ Kenard Gibbs.
For more information, please visit BET.com/SoulTrain.