Erykah Badu Returns as 2017 Soul Train Awards Honor Industry Legends and Newcomers

Solange Knowles and Bruno Mars have soul. At least, BET thinks so.

The network has announced nominations for the BET Presents: 2017 Soul Train Awards, an annual ceremony that recognizes the best in soul, R&B and hip-hop music, honing in on artists from the 1970s—or newcomers whose music is evocative of the disco era.

So far, Solange is leading with seven nominations, including video of the year and song of the year for her hit single, Cranes in the Sky.

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First Lady Michelle Obama Champions Education at the 5th Annual BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™

Michelle Obama has some inspiring words for the audience.

Michelle Obama has some inspiring words for the audience.

For the fifth consecutive year, BET Networks and BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™ teamed up to present the BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™ Award Show, honoring the inspirational work of African-American women in art, philanthropy, sports and community service. But last night’s show featured a special guest: first lady Michelle Obama, who paid tribute to the evening’s many honorees and spoke about an issue close to her heart.

“No matter who you are, no matter where you come from—you are beautiful, you are powerful, you are brilliant, you are funny!” the First Lady told the evening’s attendees inside the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. “There is nothing more important than being serious about your education. That’s why I am able to stand here tonight. … I want every one of our black girls do to the same, and our black boys.” Read More