Beyonce, Maxwell & Keri Hilson lead nominations for Soul Train Awards

MUMBAI: Centric announces a list of nominees to be recognized in the Network’s first special, Centric Present: 2009 Soul Train Awards Show. Beyonce, Keri Hilson, and Maxwell lead the pack with four nominations each.
Hosted by Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, the return of the Soul Train Awards promises to be a soulful music event acknowledging R&B music’s finest. Taping at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia on Tuesday, 3 November , the show will premiere on both CENTRIC and BET in a special simulcast on Sunday, 29 November at 9:00 PM.
The show will honor the careers and musical influences of legendary artists Chaka Khan, Charlie Wilson, L.A. Reid and Kenneth Babyface Edmonds in special music tributes. The special will also showcase a Motown Records 50th Anniversary musical celebration. The show will also recognize the musical work of selected artists in ten prestigious music categories and will honor the star power and showmanship of the late Michael Jackson with the special Entertainer of the Year Award.
Featuring a lineup of performers, including Toni Braxton, Trey Songz, Erykah Badu, Robin Thicke, Fantasia, Ryan Leslie, Chrisette Michelle, Raheem DeVaughn, Karyn White, Boyz II Men, Ledisi, Chico Debarge, Angie Stone, Brian McKnight, Ginuwine, Melanie Fiona, and Johnny Gill among others, the show is guaranteed to take viewers on a soul-stirring ride. The CENTRIC PRESENTS: 2009 SOUL TRAIN AWARDS brings the Love, Peace and Soul with an unforgettable evening showcasing the present and future to celebrate the past.
The list of nominees and categories for the CENTRIC PRESENTS: 2009 SOUL TRAIN AWARDS include:
BEST NEW ARTIST
Drake
Jazmine Sullivan
Keri Hilson
Ryan Leslie
Solange
BEST R&B/SOUL ARTIST FEMALE
Beyonce
Chrisette Michele
Jennifer Hudson
Ledisi
Whitney Houston
BEST MALE R&B/SOUL MALE
Charlie Wilson
Maxwell
Musiq Soulchild
Raphael Saadiq
Robin Thicke
SONG OF THE YEAR
God in Me – Mary Mary
Pretty Wings – Maxwell
Single Ladies (Put a ring on it) – Beyonce
Spotlight – Jennifer Hudson
Turnin Me On – Keri Hilson/ ft Lil Wayne
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Beyonce – I am… Sasha Fierce (Platinum) Sony Music
Jamie Foxx – Intuition (Platinum) J Records
Kanye West – 808s & Heartbreak (Platinum) Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam
Maxwell – Blacksummer’s Night (Gold) Sony Music
Ne-Yo – Year of the Gentleman
 
RECORD OF THE YEAR (SONGWRITER AWARD)
Beyonce – Single Ladies (Put a ring on it)
Drake – Best I ever had
Jamie Foxx Ft/T-Pain – Blame it
Keri Hilson – Knock You Down
Maxwell – Pretty Wings
 
BEST REGGAE ARTIST AWARD
Movado
Sean Paul
Serani
Taurus Riley
Ziggy Marley
 
CENTRIC AWARD – SOUL APPROVED/UNDERGROUND
Corneille
Eric Roberson
Laura Izibor
Maysa
The Knux
 
BEST GOSPEL PERFORMANCE MALE, FEMALE OR GROUP
BeBe and CeCe Winans – Close To You
Fred Hammond f/John P Kee – They That Wait
Marvin Sapp – Praise Him in Advance
Mary Mary – God In Me
Smokie Norful – Justified
 
BEST COLLABORATION
Keri Hilson featuring Kanye West & Ne-Yo – Knock you Down
Keyshia Cole featuring Monica – Trust
Mario featuring Gucci Mane and Sean Garrett – Break up
Mary Mary featuring Kierra (KiKi) Sheard – God In Me
Trey Songz featuring Drake – Successful
 
ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Michael Jackson
The CENTRIC PRESENTS: 2009 SOUL TRAIN AWARDS is produced by Sunseeker Media and directed by Alex Coletti and Manny Rodriguez, in collaboration with BET Event Productions. Paxton Baker, CENTRIC executive vice president and general manager; Essie Chambers, CENTRIC senior vice president Programming; Tami Willis-Arasli, CENTRIC vice president Production; Bart Phillips, Sunseeker Media; and Soul Train Holdings’ Kenard Gibbs, Peter Griffith, and Anthony Maddox will all be the executive producers of the network telecast.

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