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Soul Train Music Awards

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Soul Train Music Awards
2017 Soul Train Music Awards
Awarded for Outstanding achievements in:
Soul Music, R&B, Gospel, Jazz and Hip Hop
Country United States
First awarded March 23, 1987; 31 years ago (1987-03-23)
Website BET: Soul Train Awards
Television/radio coverage

WGN America (1987–2007)
First Run Syndication (1987–2007)

BET (2009–present)
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).

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.[1][2]

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.[3]

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[indistinct chatter] [drums playing] Performing live is spiritual. [music playing] ♪ I like it when you lose ♪ ♪ I like it when you go ♪ ♪ I could be aggressive ♪ ♪ I could be a savage ♪ ♪ I just need your blessing ♪ ♪ Say that I can have it yeah ♪ Offsite rehearsal is kinda just to fine tune the individual elements before it all comes together. Working with Adam Blackstone is incredible. He's a guy who speaks the same language I speak. You know what I mean? We all just church kids. You know what I mean? Out here doing a little R&B every now and then. But, you know, he's a professional... Through and through. [singing] [piano playing] [singing] We didn't have to go back and forth at all about the arrangement. Soon as he sent me the arrangement that he and the band made, I was like "Cool, I'll see you Saturday." [music playing] Yeah. ♪ When I take off my clothes ♪ ♪ When I take off my, take off my ♪ [music playing] ♪ I like it when you go there ♪ ♪ I like it when you ♪ ♪ I like that you don't play fair ♪ [music playing] You know, this song has kinda taken on a life of its own in terms of the dance community. So, you know, I reached out to a young lady by the name of Aliyah, whose video just went completely viral and sent this song spiraling in an entirely different direction and I said I wanna use your choreography for Soul Train like "Let's get it!" [singing] When I choreograph to music, I listen to the lyrics, number one, 'cause I need the movement to make sense with the lyrics. I also listen to how he's singing it, like where would I put myself, where would I really be playing this song in real life? [music playing] ♪ I could be aggressive ♪ ♪ I could be a savage ♪ ♪ I just need your blessing ♪ ♪ Say that I can have it yeah ♪ [music playing] The really important thing about this show is, you know, it's all camera angles. You know what I mean? It's the swooping crane, it's the steady cam, It's the still camera, you know, when they're back... And so, you know, ultimately you have to put yourself and your performance in the best position for those cameras to allow you to shine the right way. So your performance comes off, you know, the right way. We would start in a diagonal for this really great affect, just for staging purposes and then we'll just be in the middle. You know, everything is all my idea. You know, that's normally how this works. See, Soul Train steals a lot from me, you know, the directors and the principles who are in charge of this, you know, I just kinda run off the top of my head, you know, red piano and then Jessie's like "Oh my God, we should get a red piano!" I was like "I just said that." But it's fine, they can take my credit. It's all good, happens all the time. But no, Jessie's dope, he said "There's a red piano, I'm telling you right now, it's around and it'll be dope for you to perform on." And, you know, we just kinda went back and forth about the staging and putting it together but ultimately what happens is once you get here and get on the stage, you know, that's when you can kinda totally figure out what the magic is gonna be. [music playing] Now that I've completed my second rehearsal on stage, I can go back to the room, watch some football and just relax and enjoy the night before it all gets crazy tomorrow. Ladies, keep your legs closed together... 'Cause this Tank will blow your bunker to bits. [crowd cheering] Ladies and Gentlemen, Tank! ♪ Please don't go ♪ ♪ Please ♪ ♪ When we ♪ ♪ When we ♪ ♪ When we ♪ Soul Train Awards, can I get comfortable? [music playing] ♪ I like it when you lose ♪ ♪ I like it when you go there ♪ ♪ I like the way you use ♪ ♪ I like that you don't play fair ♪ I said we gon' get comfortable! [music playing] ♪ Face down, act up ♪ ♪ Back, back, back it up ♪ ♪ Lemme get both of them legs yeah ♪ ♪ And put 'em both behind your head ♪ ♪ Things is getting deep, deep Up in there ♪ ♪ I feel your legs Gettin' weak up in there ♪ ♪ Face full of that ♪ ♪ I’m close baby don’t push me This is how it always should be when ♪ ♪ When we ♪ Your energy is like incredible. Seemed like the crowd loved it. They responded to the things that we wanted them to respond to. And we wanted to make it again but we're so grateful. Crazy, crazy, it was crazy. I was trying to keep it sexy and it just went to a whole other... I started growling like we was in church, the Lord wouldn't be pleased if we... You give it all you got, you leave it out there, you walk away. And that's why} I gave it everything I had. [crowd cheering] [music playing]



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 November 28.[4] The 2011 show was once again held in Atlanta and aired November 27.[5] 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.


# Date Host Venue
01 1987 Dionne Warwick and Luther Vandross Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
02 1988 Dionne Warwick
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
28 2015 Erykah Badu
29 2016
30 2017


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.

Award categories

Main awards

Special awards

Defunct award categories


External links

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