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THE GODMOTHER OF SOUL, ERYKAH BADU, TO TAKE THE VEGAS STAGE AS RETURNING HOST OF SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2016...

THE GODMOTHER OF SOUL, ERYKAH BADU, TO TAKE THE VEGAS STAGE AS RETURNING HOST OF SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2016...

Erykah Badu

Erykah Badu

New York - October 12, 2016 - CENTRIC TV has announce that Soulmskmger Erykah Badu will return as the host of the 2016 Soul Train Awards.The four-time Grammy-award winning soul singer and songwriter will once again take over the Vegas stage with her eccentric style, cerebral music, incomparable spirit and comedic commentary. The yearly celebration will honor the best in Soul and R&B from returning legends to the next generation. Filmed November 6 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2016 will air on CENTRIC and BET on November 27th, 2016 at 8PM ET.

 

 

This year's ceremony will undoubtedly take it to the max, honoring a host of celebrities across 12 different

Drake leads the pack with 12 total nominations including two nominations for the highly coveted Video of the Year Award for his feature on Rihanna’s single “Work” and this year’s mega hit “Hotline Bling.” Beyoncé follows with 8 nominations including Best R&B/Soul Female Artist, Album/Mixtape of the Year for her groundbreaking album “Lemonade,” and multiple honors for lead single “Formation” including Song of the Year, Best Dance Performance and The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award. Rihanna, Kanye West, DJ Khaled and Usher also received multiple nominations this year including Video of the Year, Album/Mixtape of the Year and Best Collaboration. The next generation of soul is also being recognized, including Bryson Tiller, Chance the Rapper and Anderson .Paak who are multi-nominees across categories including Best New Artist, Best R&B/Soul Male Artist and the Rhythm & Bars Award (Formerly Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year.)

 

Multi-platinum and three-time Grammy award-winning producer, singer-songwriter, artist, musician and technology expert Edward Theodore "Teddy" Riley, also known as the creator and king of New Jack Swing, is set to receive the coveted Legend Award. His major accolade was Michael Jackson’s “Dangerous LP” which sold over 32 million copies worldwide. Riley produced number one hits for countless icons which have governed the airways for decades.  As a founding member of the multi-platinum Grammy winning group Blackstreet and a member of the group Guy, which became a multi-platinum group, Riley's New Jack Swing sound was the epic lifeline that forever changed the design for R&B and Hip-Hop music. He is the first African-American producer to bring Korean Pop (K-Pop) music to the USA and has been producing number one hits on Billboard charts for nearly a decade.

 

The 2nd annual Lady of Soul Award will be presented to singer-songwriter and actress Brandy. The platinum selling artist and actress has sold over 40 million records and received numerous awards and accolades, including a Grammy Award, one American Music Award, and seven Billboard Music Awards. Last year’s inaugural Lady of Soul Award went to R&B torchbearer Jill Scott. Both Brandy and Teddy Riley are being recognized for their longstanding presence in the music industry and influence on the world of soul and R&B music past and present.

 

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

 

The party doesn’t stop there; visitors can also look forward to the entire SOUL TRAIN WEEKEND November 3-6. Kicking off Thursday, and taking over Mandalay Bay, the celebration will feature soulful experiences including performances by Jill Scott, Tyrese, Monica, Anthony Hamilton, Jazmine Sullivan, Bell Biv DeVoe, Yuna, Tish Hyman, Kid Capri and a special night of comedy with the cast of BET’s The Comedy Get Down with Cedric 'The Entertainer,’ D.L. Hughley, George Lopez, Eddie Griffin and Charlie Murphy.

 

Soul Train Weekend VIP Packages are available for purchase and offer exclusive access, premium seats to all concerts and events, plus VIP status to unforgettable after-parties. Four Day ticket packages are also available and will allow guests to have the convenience and access to attend great concerts throughout Soul Train Awards Weekend. VIP and four day package and amenities and pricing can be found at Soultrainweekend.com.

@BET NETWORKS PREPS FOR UPCOMING SOUL TRAIN AWARDS WEEKEND...

Excitement is in the air as the annual Soul Train Awards weekend approaches. BET Networks has revealed its first talent confirmed for Soul Train Weekend 2016. Kicking off Thursday, November 3, 2016 and taking over Mandalay Bay, the celebration will feature soulful experiences including performances by Jill ScottTyreseMonicaAnthony HamiltonJazmine SullivanBell Biv DeVoe, YunaTish Hyman, Kid Capri and a special night of comedy with the cast of BET’s The Comedy Get Down with Cedric 'The Entertainer,’ D.L. Hughley, George Lopez, Eddie Griffin and Charlie Murphy. Additional names and events to be announced soon!

The four-day weekend of events will include intimate performances, electrifying concerts, an outdoor day party and exclusive late night parties – all leading up to the 2016 Soul Train Awards on Sunday, November 6, 2016

 

SOUL TRAIN WEEKEND SCHEDULE

 

THURSDAY, November 3rd

“Acoustically Speaking” Sponsored by Toyota

House of Blues Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay @ 7:00PM

Featuring Monica, Jazmine Sullivan, Yuna 

 

FRIDAY, November 4th

“Soul Train Music Festival”

Mandalay Bay Events Center @ 8:00PM

Featuring Jill Scott, Tyrese, Anthony Hamilton, Tish Hyman 

 

SATURDAY, November 5th

"Soul Train Day Party"

DAYLIGHT Beach Club at Mandalay Bay from 12:00PM – 6:00PM

Featuring Bell Biv DeVoe, Kid Capri 

 

“The Comedy Get Down”

Mandalay Bay Events Center @ 8:00PM

Featuring Cedric ‘The Entertainer’, Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley, George Lopez, Charlie Murphy

 

SUNDAY, November 6th

“Soul Train Awards”

Orleans Arena @ 6:00PM

 

Soul Train Weekend VIP Packages will be available for purchase and offer exclusive access, premium seats to all concerts and events, plus VIP status to unforgettable after-parties. Four Day ticket packages are also available and will allow guests to have the convenience and access to attend great concerts throughout Soul Train Awards Weekend. All packages will give guests the opportunity to enjoy sizzling performances at the Soul Train Awards. Full VIP package amenities and pricing can be found at Soultrainweekend.com.

Four Day and general tickets for all events throughout Soul Train Weekend at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino will be going on sale September 30, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. (PST). 

Mandalay Bay Events Center show tickets for the Soul Train Music Fest start at $49.50 and the Comedy Get Down concert start at $39.50. 

Tickets for Acoustically Speaking Sponsored by Toyota will start at $35.00 and the Soul Train Day Party ticket pricing begins at $37.50. All tickets will be available at Soultrainweekend.com.

 

 

@Drizzy Leads the 2016 #BET Hip-Hop Awards Nominations...

Drake; 📸 courtesy of Republic Records

Drake; 📸 courtesy of Republic Records

The 2016 BET Hip-Hop Awards will be going down very soon, and the Republic Records roster is dominating the nomination list with Drake leading in almost every category. Checkout the abbreviated nominee list below. 

The 2016 BET Hip-Hop Awards are scheduled to tape on Sept. 17 at Atlanta’s Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre and premiere on Oct. 4 (8 p.m. ET/PT). A host has yet to be announced, but should be announced soon.

A complete list of this year’s nominees is available at BET.com

 

Best Hip-Hop Video

Drake – “Hotline Bling”

2 Chainz – “Watch Out”
Desiigner – “Panda”
DJ Khaled Ft. Jay Z & Future – “I Got the Keys”
Fat Joe & Remy Ma Ft. French Montana & Infared – “All the Way Up”
Kanye West Ft. Rihanna – “Famous”

Best Collabo, Duo or Group

Drake & Future – “Jumpman”
Drake Ft. Wizkid & Kyla – “One Dance”

DJ Khaled Ft. Drake – “For Free”
DJ Khaled Ft. Jay Z & Future – “I Got the Keys”
Fat Joe & Remy Ma Ft. French Montana & Infared – “All the Way Up”

Best Live Performer

Drake

Future
J. Cole
Kanye West
Kendrick Lamar

Lyricist of the Year

Drake

Chance the Rapper
J. Cole
Kanye West
Kendrick Lamar

MVP of the Year
Drake

DJ Khaled
Future
Kanye West
Kendrick Lamar

Track of the Year

“Controlla” – Produced By BOI-1DA (Drake)“Hotline Bling” – Produced By Nineteen85 (Drake)

“All the Way Up” – Produced By Cool & Dre and Edsclusive (Fat Joe & Remy Ma F/ French Montana & Infared)
“I Got the Keys” – Produced By Southside (DJ Khaled Ft. Jay Z & Future)
“Panda” – Produced By Menace (Desiigner)

Album of the Year

Drake – Views

DJ Khaled – I Changed A Lot
Dr. Dre – Compton
Fetty Wap – Fetty Wap
Future – DS2
Kanye West – The Life of Pablo

Hustler of the Year

Drake

DJ Khaled
Future
Jay Z
Kanye West

Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip-Hop Style)

Drake

Nicki Minaj

A$AP Rocky
Future
Kanye West

Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse

Drake – “Work” (Rihanna Ft. Drake)

Nicki Minaj – “Down In the DM” – Remix (Yo Gotti Ft. Nicki Minaj)

2 Chainz – “No Problem” (Chance the Rapper Ft. Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz)
Kendrick Lamar – “Freedom” (Beyoncé Ft. Kendrick Lamar)
Kodak Black – “Lockjaw” (French Montana Ft. Kodak Black)

People’s Champ Award

Desiigner – “Panda”
DJ Khaled Ft. Drake– “For Free”
Fat Joe & Remy Ma Ft. French Montana & Infared – “All the Way Up”
O.T. Genasis Ft. Young Dolph – “Cut It”
Travis Scott – “Antidote”
Young Thug – “Best Friend”