The second annual Soul Train Awards will be held on Wednesday, November 10 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre iAtlanta, GA. Hosted by Oscar-nominated actors Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, the 2010 Soul Train Awards will premiere on both CENTRIC and BET on Sunday, November 28 at 9:00 PM*. Grammy-award winning R&B superstar R. Kelly will open the show with a performance, followed by today’s hottest artists Ne-Yo, Cee-lo, Keyshia Cole, Rick Ross, Erykah Badu, Eric Benét, Chrisette Michele, Lalah Hathaway, Faith Evans, Janelle Monáe, Gyptian, Freddie Jackson, Jeffrey Osborne, Tamia, and Tank who will light up the stage with performances and never-before seen collaborations to honor the best in Soul Train and this year’s Legend Award recipients Anita Baker and Ron Isley.
The Soul Train Awards will recognize the achievements of today’s best entertainers in 12 categories. Entertainment heavyweights Alicia Keys and Usher are leading the pack with 4 individual nominations across multiple categories. Alicia Keys’ nominations include Best R&B/Soul Artist Female, Song of the Year, Album of the Year, and Record of the Year. Usher gets nominations in Best R&B/Soul Artist Male, Song of the Year, Album of the Year, and Best Dance Performance. Drake is closely behind with 3 nominations (Best Hip Hip Song of the Year, Album of the Year, Record of the Year) and is followed by 2 nominations for artists Monica, Ne-Yo, B.O.B., Nicki Minaj, Dondria, Erykah Badu, Fantasia, Janelle Monáe, and Sade.
SOUL TRAIN AWARDS ‘10 NOMINEES AND CATEGORIES
best new artist: Melanie Fiona , B.o.B. , Nicki Minaj, Dondria Wale
Best R&B/Soul Artist Female:Erykah Badu, Monica, Fantasia, Mary J. Blige
Song of the year: “Everything To Me” – Monica, “There Goes My Baby” – Usher, “Un-Thinkable(I’m Ready)” – Alicia Keys, “Soldier Of Love” – Sade, “Nothing On You” – B.o.B. feat. Bruno Mars
Best HiP HOP SONG OF THE YEAR: “Love The Way You Lie” – Eminem feat. Rihanna, “B.M.F. (Blowin Money Fast)” – Rick Ross feat. Styles P, “Your Love” – Nicki Minaj, “Find Your Love” – Drake, “Shutterbugg” – Big Boi feat. Cutty, “I Got Your Back” – T.I. feat. Keri Hilson
best male R&B/Soul male: Usher, Kem, Trey Songz, Ne-Yo, Jaheim
ALBUM OF THE YEAR:Alicia Keys – The Element Of Freedom, Usher – Raymond vs. Raymond, Sade – Soldier of Love, Drake – Thank Me Later, Erykah Badu – New Amerykah Part Two-Return of the Ankh
BEST REGGAE ARTIST AWARD:Gyptian, Damian Marley, Mr. Vegas, Jah Cure, Vybz Kartel, Gramps Morgan
CENTRIC AWARD: Jesse Boykins III, Dwele, Dondria, Corrine Bailey Rae, Janelle Monae
LEGENDS AWARDS: Anita Baker, Ron Isley
BEST DANCE PERFORMANCE:Rihanna, “Rude Boy”, Ne-Yo, “Beautiful Monster”, Usher, “OMG”, Janelle Monae f/ Big Boi, “Tightrope”, Ciara, “Ride”
BEST GOSPEL PERFORMANCE MALE, FEMALE OR GROUP:Youthful Praise feat. J.J. Harrison, Fred Hammond, Marvin Sapp, Lisa Page Brooks, Hezekiah Walker & LFC, Tye Tribbett
RECORD OF THE YEAR:Fantasia – “Bittersweet” (Charles Harmon, Claude Kelly, Michael Mentore), El Debarge – “Second Chance” (songwriters: El Debarge & Mischke), Drake –“Find Your Love” (songwriters: Bhasker, J; Graham, A; Reynolds, P; West, Kanye), R.Kelly – “When A Women Loves” (songwriter R. Kelly), Alicia Keys – “Un-Thinkable(I’m Ready)”(songwriters: Keys, Aubrey Graham, Brothers, Noah “40″ Shebib)
Tickets for the SOUL TRAIN AWARDS show are by invite only and not available for purchase. For more information, please visit www.centrictv.com.
Source: Soul Train Productions