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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Now Coming to BET: An Extra Helping of Soul

by Stuart Winchester, Viacom

Since 2009, BET has delivered an icon of American culture to screens across the land in the form of the annual Soul Train Awards on Centric, reviving a legacy that stretched back to the original Soul Train musical variety show that rose from the early 1970s and ran until 2006.

Earlier this week, the network made a more substantial commitment, acquiring the whole of Soul Train, including a massive television archive of more than 1,100 episodes and 40 specials.

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All Aboard THE SOUL TRAIN

by Daina Amorosano, Viacom

If you missed the premiere of the 2012 Soul Train Awards (or just need to re-watch the goodness), there’s a slate of encore presentations coming up over the next couple weeks to make sure everyone gets their fair share of soul.

This year’s iteration of the awards show was the first since the death of Soul Train’s legendary creator, Don Cornelius. With his son Tony Cornelius on hand, the show paid tribute to Don and his contributions to the art of dance.

Other music icons like Stevie Wonder performed at the show (Wonder signed, sealed and delivered the finale), but plenty of time was dedicated to new and emerging hip-hop and R&B artists as well. Ne-Yo, Miguel, Keyshia Cole, John Legend and 2 Chainz all took over the Soul Train stage to perform.

Speaking of 2 Chainz, check out his performance, above, to find out what he wants for his birthday. You can also catch the encore presentations:

  • Tonight, Nov. 27 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT on BET
  • Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 9pm ET/PT on BET
  • Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 9pm ET/PT on BET
  • Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 5:30pm ET/PT on Centric
  • Friday, December 14, 2012 at 8pm ET/PT on Centric

Centric ‘Soul Train’ Gains Steam

by Carly Zipp, BET

Cedric the Entertainer onstage at Centric's 3rd Annual Soul Train Awards at the Fox Theatre on Nov. 17, 2011 in Atlanta. (Photo: Paul Abell/PictureGroup)

As Monday’s Content Distribution and Marketing strategy meeting came to a close, Ashley Culp, Centric’s vice president of Partner Marketing, got a little excited. 

“Centric started out as the little engine that could, and now we’re a big revved up Soul Train,” he said.

Culp’s got a point. The 24-hour channel for African-American and multicultural adult viewers continues to steadily pick up steam. Since the network launched in 2009, Centric has posted year-over-year growth in every successive quarter, and last year ranked among the top 10 for fastest growing cable networks.

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