|Soul Train Music Awards|
|Awarded for||Outstanding achievements in: |
Soul Music, R&B, Gospel, Jazz and Hip Hop
|First awarded||March 23, 1987|
|Website||BET: Soul Train Awards|
|Network|| WGN America (1987–2007)|
First Run Syndication (1987–2007)
Centric/BET Her (2009–present)
The Soul Train Music Awards is an annual award show which previously aired in national television syndication, and honors the best in Black music and entertainment. It is produced by the makers of Soul Train , the program from which it takes its name, and features musical performances by various R&B and Soul recording artists interspersed throughout the ceremonies. The special traditionally used to air in either February, March or April, but now airs the last weekend of November (in most years, Thanksgiving weekend).
Music is an art form and cultural activity whose medium is sound organized in time. General definitions of music include common elements such as pitch, rhythm, dynamics, and the sonic qualities of timbre and texture. Different styles or types of music may emphasize, de-emphasize or omit some of these elements. Music is performed with a vast range of instruments and vocal techniques ranging from singing to rapping; there are solely instrumental pieces, solely vocal pieces and pieces that combine singing and instruments. The word derives from Greek μουσική . See glossary of musical terminology.
Entertainment is a form of activity that holds the attention and interest of an audience, or gives pleasure and delight. It can be an idea or a task, but is more likely to be one of the activities or events that have developed over thousands of years specifically for the purpose of keeping an audience's attention. Although people's attention is held by different things, because individuals have different preferences in entertainment, most forms are recognisable and familiar. Storytelling, music, drama, dance, and different kinds of performance exist in all cultures, were supported in royal courts, developed into sophisticated forms and over time became available to all citizens. The process has been accelerated in modern times by an entertainment industry that records and sells entertainment products. Entertainment evolves and can be adapted to suit any scale, ranging from an individual who chooses a private entertainment from a now enormous array of pre-recorded products; to a banquet adapted for two; to any size or type of party, with appropriate music and dance; to performances intended for thousands; and even for a global audience.
Soul Train was an American music-dance television program which aired in syndication from October 2, 1971 to March 27, 2006. In its 35-year history, the show primarily featured performances by R&B, soul, dance/pop and hip hop artists, although funk, jazz, disco and gospel artists also appeared. The series was created by Don Cornelius, who also served as its first host and executive producer.
The Soul Train Music Awards voting body includes active professionals in the fields of radio programming and music retail and management and recording artists with records that have charted in designated music trade publications in the year prior to proceedings. Past hosts for the show include such R&B luminaries as Luther Vandross, Dionne Warwick, Patti LaBelle, Will Smith, Vanessa Williams, Taraji P. Henson, and Gladys Knight.
Luther Ronzoni Vandross Jr. was an American singer, songwriter and record producer. Throughout his career, Vandross was an in-demand background vocalist for several different artists including Todd Rundgren, Judy Collins, Chaka Khan, Bette Midler, Diana Ross, David Bowie, Barbra Streisand, Ben E. King, and Donna Summer. He later became a lead singer of the group Change, which released its gold-certified debut album, The Glow of Love, in 1980 on Warner Bros. Records. After Vandross left the group, he was signed to Epic Records as a solo artist and released his debut solo album, Never Too Much, in 1981.
Marie Dionne Warwick is an American singer, actress, and television show host who became a United Nations Global Ambassador for the Food and Agriculture Organization and a United States Ambassador of Health.
Patti LaBelle is an American singer, actress, and entrepreneur. LaBelle began her career in the early 1960s as lead singer and front woman of the vocal group, Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles. Following the group's name change to Labelle in the early 1970s, they released the iconic disco song "Lady Marmalade" and the group later became the first African-American vocal group to land the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
The Soul Train Music Award trophy has featured an African ceremonial mask since its 1987 introduction. A new trophy was designed by Tristan Eaton of Thunderdog Studios in 2009 and is manufactured by New York firm Society Awards. From 1995 to 2005 a separate award show named Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards was held, honoring female artists.
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The 2008 ceremonies were not held due to several factors, including the 2007-2008 Writers Guild of America strike, the ill health of Don Cornelius at the time, and Soul Train distributor Tribune Entertainment terminating operations in the wake of the sale of Tribune Company to Sam Zell. With the rights to Soul Train acquired by MadVision Entertainment, the Soul Train Music Awards were presented on November 24, 2009 on Centric. MadVision now holds the rerun rights to Soul Train.
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The 2009 ceremony was held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, marking the first time in the show's 22-year history it was held outside of the Los Angeles area. The 2010 awards was held on November 10 just outside Atlanta at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, and aired November 28.The 2011 show was once again held in Atlanta and aired November 27. The 2012 ceremony was held live on November 25 at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. As of 2018, Beyoncé is the most-awarded artist at the Soul Train Music Awards with 15 awards.
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|01||1987||Dionne Warwick and Luther Vandross||Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California|
|03||1989||Dionne Warwick, Patti LaBelle and Ahmad Rashād||Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, California|
|04||1990||Dionne Warwick, Patti LaBelle and Luther Vandross|
|05||1991||Dionne Warwick, Patti LaBelle and Luther Vandross|
|06||1992||Patti LaBelle, Luther Vandross, Will Smith and Vanessa Williams|
|07||1993||Patti LaBelle, Luther Vandross and Natalie Cole|
|08||1994||Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight and Johnny Gill|
|09||1995||Patti LaBelle, Anita Baker and Babyface|
|10||1996||Brandy, LL Cool J and Anita Baker|
|11||1997||Brandy, LL Cool J and Gladys Knight|
|12||1998||Patti LaBelle, Heavy D and Erykah Badu|
|13||1999||Tyra Banks, Monica and Brian McKnight|
|14||2000||Shemar Moore, Lisa "Left-Eye Lopes, Tamia and Eric Benét|
|15||2001||Shemar Moore, Mýa and Queen Latifah|
|16||2002||Shemar Moore, Arsenio Hall, Yolanda Adams and Faith Evans||Los Angeles Memorial Sport Arena, Los Angeles, California|
|17||2003||Queen Latifah and Arsenio Hall||Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Pasadena, California|
|18||2004||Alicia Keys and Babyface||International Cultural Center Auditorium, Los Angeles, California|
|19||2005||Brian McKnight, Fantasia, Nick Cannon and Nicole Ritchie||Paramount Studios, Los Angeles, California|
|20||2006||Vivica A. Fox and Tyrese||Pasadena Conference Center, Los Angeles, California|
|21||2007||LeToya Luckett and Omarion||Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California|
|22||2009||Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson||Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia|
|23||2010||Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center, Atlanta, Georgia|
|24||2011||Cedric the Entertainer|
|25||2012||Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas, Nevada|
|26||2013||Anthony Anderson||Orleans Arena, Paradise, Nevada|
|27||2014||Wendy Williams||Orleans Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada|
|31||2018||Tisha Campbell and Tichina Arnold|
The original trophy is a bronze abstract sitting figure known as the Vanguard in 1987. However, the trophy is an African mask which is known as the Heritage Award. Its distinctive design created by an unknown sculptor, but its remains a visual trademark for Soul Train's representation of Black music.
From 1989 to 2007, the Heritage mask remained the trophy for Soul Train Music Awards until 2009 when BET and its sister channel Centric revived the awards. Thunderdog designed a brand new trophy based on the program's mascot, an actual train.
This page lists the winners and nominees for the Soul Train Music Award for Best Album of the Year. Originally entitled Best R&B/Soul or Rap Album of the Year, it was first awarded during the 1997 ceremony. It was renamed to its current title during the 2004 ceremony. During the years 2005 to 2008, the category was separated to award female, male and group albums separate awards.
This page lists the winners and nominees for the Soul Train Music Award for Video of the Year. Originally entitled Best Music Video, the award has been retitled a further two times before being retitled again to its current title in 2013. Janet Jackson has won this award a record six times and Beyoncé is the only artist with multiple nominations in one year.
This page lists the winners and nominees for the Soul Train Music Award for Best Song of the Year. The award was originally entitled Best R&B/Urban Contemporary Song of the Year and first awarded during the 1989 ceremony. It was later retitled to its current title in 1993, before being renamed again to R&B/Soul or Rap Song of the Year in 1995. The award was retired following the 1996 ceremony, seeing the separated categories for male, female and group artists returning in its place. The award returned in 2009, along with its current title.
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