Legendary Pop-Funk Group The Original 7Ven, the Group Formerly Known as The Time, announced as the Opening Act of the 2011 "SOUL TRAIN AWARDS"

Multi-Grammy Award Winning Songstress Natalie Cole, Jill Scott, Mindless Behavior, Robin Thicke, Keith Sweat and Many Others Will Light Up The Stage To Deliver Exhilarating Performances

Chris Brown Leads the Pack with Five Nominations Followed By Beyoncé and Kanye West with Four Nominations


NEW YORK: The third annual SOUL TRAIN AWARDS readies an extraordinary show for this year's presentation, taping on Thursday, November 17 at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA.  Hosted by the original king of comedy, Cedric "The Entertainer", the 2011 SOUL TRAIN AWARDS will premiere on both CENTRIC and BET on Sunday, November 27 at 9:00 PM*.  Legendary group The Original 7Ven, The Group Formerly Known As The Time will open the show with an explosive performance, followed by multi-Grammy Award winning songstress Natalie Cole, Jill Scott, Mindless Behavior, Robin Thicke, Lloyd, Miguel, Melanie Fiona, Keith Sweat, BeBe Winans, Joe, Lalah Hathaway, Kenny Latimore. They will all light up the stage with performances and first-ever collaborations to honor this year's Legend Award recipients Earth, Wind and Fire and Gladys Knight.  

The SOUL TRAIN AWARDS will acknowledge the achievements of today's most famed entertainers in 11 categories.  R&B superstar Chris Brown is leading the pack with five nominations across multiple categories. Chris Brown's nominations include Best Male R&B/Soul Artist, Song of the Year, Album of the Year, Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year and Best Dance Performance.  International sensation Beyoncé receives nominations in the Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Best Female R&B/Soul Artist and Best Dance Performance categories.  Kanye West is tied with Beyoncé with four nominations in three categories (Best Hip Hop Song of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year) and is followed by three nominations for artists Kelly Rowland, Adele, Marsha Ambrosius, and Miguel.

The SOUL TRAIN AWARDS is a presentation of Centric and Sunseeker Media and directed by Manny Rodriguez. Paxton Baker, Tami Willis-Arasli, Derek Lewis, Centric; Bart Phillips, Sunseeker Media; and Soul Train Holdings' Kenard Gibbs will all be the executive producers of the network telecast, along with Cedric Kyles and Eric Rhone. The SOUL TRAIN AWARDS is produced in cooperation with the City of Atlanta led by Mayor Kasim Reed and Stacii Jae Johnson, Special Events Director for the Office of the Mayor.

For more information, please visit www.centrictv.com.  

*All times ET/PT


Centric is a 24-hour music and entertainment channel that reflects the lifestyle and sophistication of today's African-American and multicultural adult viewer.  With a finger on the pulse of an ever-changing beat, its compelling music content fuses Soul, R&B, Neo-Soul, Hip Hop, Reggae, Gospel, Jazz, Old School, New School and everything in between with today's hottest artists. It is a unique of mix of music, culture and lifestyle programming that embodies the lives, tastes and aspirations of the CENTRIC viewer: All you. All day. All night.

About BET Networks

BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is the nation's leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and sub-Saharan Africa. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions: BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; CENTRIC, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the 25- to 54-year-old African-American audience; BET Digital Networks - BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Home Entertainment, a collection of BET-branded offerings for the home environment including DVDs and video-on-demand; BET Event Productions, a full-scale event management and production company with festivals and live events spanning the globe; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET in the United Kingdom and oversees the extension of BET network programming for global distribution.

About Soul Train Holdings

Soul Train is a registered trademark of Soul Train Holdings, LLC, a limited liability company headquartered in Los Angeles, CA. Soul Train is the longest running, first-run, nationally syndicated program in television history.  During its 37 year run, the show featured such staples as the Soul Train line and performers as important and diverse as: Al Green, Ike & Tina Turner, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Whitney Houston, David BowieJanet Jackson and Beyoncé, to name a few.  Soul Train Holdings was created following the acquisition of the iconic franchise and catalog of more than 1,100 hours of archival footage from Don Cornelius Productions in June 2008 by InterMedia Partners and Madvision entertainment and is part of Vibe Holdings LLC. Vibe Holdings is a leading multi-cultural media company consisting of treasured and celebrated brands including Vibe Magazine, Vibe.com, Uptown Magazine and Soul Train.  VIBE Holdings is owned by InterMedia Partners, Magic Johnson Enterprises and Ron Burkle's Yucaipa Companies.



Best New Artist

Bruno Mars

Marsha Ambrosius


Frank Ocean


Best Male R&B/Soul Artist

Trey Songz

Chris Brown

Cee Lo Green

R. Kelly

Eric Benet



Centric Award


Raphael Saddiq


Anthony David

Aloe Blacc


Best Caribbean Performance

Bend Over - Machel Montano

Man Down - Rihanna

Delilah - Movado

Wotless - Kes The Band

Summertime - Vybz Kartel


Best Gospel Performance

I Smile - Kirk Franklin

Walking - Mary Mary

Heaven Hear My Heart - Trin-I-Tee 5:7

I Believe - James Fortune feat. Shawn McLemore

More - Cece Winans


Album of the Year

Passion Pain & Pleasure - Trey Songz 

21 - Adele

F.A.M.E. - Chris Brown

Light of the Sun - Jill Scott

4 - Beyoncé

Watch The Throne - Jay Z/Kanye West


Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year

Moment for Life - Nicki Minaj

All of the Lights - Kanye West

Look at Me Now - Chris Brown feat. Busta Rhymes and Lil' Wayne

Out of My Head - Lupe Fiasco

Otis - Jay Z/Kanye West


Best Female R&B/Soul Artist

Kelly Rowland


Marsha Ambrosius

Jennifer Hudson

Jill Scott

Mary J. Blige


Song of the Year

So In Love - Jill Scott feat. Anthony Hamilton

Motivation - Kelly Rowland feat. Lil' Wayne

Sure Thing - Miguel

Rolling in the Deep - Adele

She Ain't You - Chris Brown

All of the Lights - Kanye West

Record of the Year (The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter's Award)

Rolling in the Deep - Adele (Writers: Adele, Paul Epworth)

Far Away - Marsha Ambrosius (Writers: Marsha Ambrosius, Sterling Simms)

Best Thing I Never Had - Beyoncé (Writers: Antonio Dixon; Kenneth Edmonds; Larry Griffin, Jr.; Beyonce Knowles; Caleb McCampbell; Patrick Smith; Shea Taylor)

Good Man - Raphael Saddiq (Writers: Raphael Saadiq, Taura Stinson)

Hold My Hand (Duet with Akon) - Michael Jackson (Writers: Aliaune Thiam (Akon), Giorgio Tuinfort, Claude Kelly)


Best Dance Performance

Motivation - Kelly Rowland

Only Girl in the World//What's My Name - Rihanna

Run The World - Beyoncé

She Ain't You - Chris Brown

Walking - Mary Mary

Pretty Girl Rock - Keri Hilson


Watch Morris Day and The Time perform 'Jungle Love' from the movie, Purple Rain, and The Original's new single 'Trending' below


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