Soul Train Music Awards

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Soul Train Music Awards
Awarded for Outstanding achievements in:
Soul Music
Hip Hop
Country United States
First awarded March 23, 1987; 27 years ago (1987-03-23)
Official website BET: Soul Train Awards
Television/Radio coverage
Network WGN America (1987-2010)
BET (2010-present)
Centric (2010-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).

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, and Gladys Knight.

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. R&B singer Beyonce Knowles holds the record for the most Soul Train Awards won by a female artist.[citation needed] Michael Jackson holds the record for the most Soul Train Awards by a male artist, as well as being tied with Beyonce for the most wins overall. He surpassed sister Janet by 7. His total was 20;[disputed ] Janet's total was 13. Beyonce holds the record for the highest number of Soul Train Award nominations; the total is 29.

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.

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 on BET and Centric on November 28.[1] The 2011 show was once again held in Atlanta and aired on BET November 27.[2] The 2012 ceremony was held on November 25 at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, airing on BET & Centric.

Soul Train Music Awards by year[edit]

Award categories[edit]

Special awards[edit]

Defunct Award Categories[edit]

Most Wins/Nominations[edit]

  • Most Wins
1st (tie) 1st (tie) 2nd 3rd 4th
Artist Michael Jackson Beyoncé Janet Jackson Mariah Carey
Alicia Keys
R. Kelly
Anita Baker
20[citation needed] 20 15 9 8
  • Most Nominations
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
Artist Beyoncé R. Kelly Mary J. Blige
Janet Jackson
Usher Whitney Houston
Total Nominations 29 22 20 18 17


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