BET Africa (DStv channel 129), yesterday announced Erykah Badu, godmother of soul, will return to Las Vegas for the third time, to host, write and produce BET Presents: 2017 Soul Train Awards.
Badu, a four-time Grammy-award winning soul singer and songwriter, will once again bring her transcendent style, music and spirit to the Vegas stage.
BET also announced a star-studded lineup of performances by Toni Braxton, SWV, Tamar Braxton, 112, Tank and Kirk Franklin.
The annual celebration will recognize the best in Soul, R&B and Hip-Hop from legends to the next generation.
Filmed on November 5th at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, BET Presents: 2017 Soul Train Awards will air on BET Africa (Dstv Channel 129) on Saturday 2 December at 20:00 CAT.
Multi-platinum and seven-time Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter, artist, actress and producer Toni Braxton will receive the coveted Don Cornelius Legend Award and Grammy Award-Nominated, multi-platinum, female R&B trio SWV will be honoured with the third annual Lady of Soul Award.
The all-star nominees for the 2017 Soul Train Awards span across 12 different categories. Solange leads the roster with seven total nominations including Best R&B/Soul Female Artist, and the highly coveted Video of the Year and Song of the Year for hit single “Cranes in the Sky.”
Bruno Mars follows with six total nominations including two nominations for Song of the Year for his hit single “That’s What I Like,” and Album/Mixtape of the Year for “24K Magic.”
DJ Khaled, Rihanna and Bryson Tiller also received multiple nominations this year including Video of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Collaboration.
The next generation of soul is also being recognized, including Khalid and SZA, who are multi-nominees across categories including Best New Artist, Best R&B/Soul Male Artist, Best R&B/Soul Female Artist, Best Collaboration and the Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award.
BET Presents: 2017 Soul Train Awards will feature an exciting lineup of unforgettable 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 complete list of nominees for BET Presents: 2017 Soul Train Awards can be found here.