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Ne-Yo, Gladys Knight, Keyshia Cole, 2 Chainz, Sherri Shepherd, Miguel And More Join In On The Soul Train Awards Three-day Experience CENTRIC'S APOLLO LIVE! HOST TONY ROCK AND REALITY STAR TAMAR BRAXTON WILL HOST THE SOUL TRAIN AWARDS RED CARPET PRE-SHOW

GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING SINGER AND SONGWRITER RAPHAEL SAADIQ NAMED AS AWARDS SHOW MUSICAL DIRECTOR

Soul Train Awards 2012 Tapes Thursday, November 8th at Planet Hollywood's PH Live in Las Vegas; Premiering on BET and Centric Sunday, November 25th at 9PM ET/PT

NEW YORK, Nov. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- To celebrate their 25th Awards show, The Soul Train Awards 2012 three-day experience is bringing celebrity star power to Las Vegas, as they honor the best in music, comedy and entertainment.  In addition to the Awards show, hosted by Cedric the Entertainer, the experience will include an All-Star Comedy Show honoring comedian George Wallace, a celebrity Golf Tournament hosted by comedian/actor Bill Bellamy and closing the weekend with the Centric Soul Weekend Concert headlined by Soul Train Awards 2012 Lifetime Achievement recipients, New Edition.

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To kick off this celebration, Centric's Apollo Live! host Tony Rock and reality star and singer Tamar Braxton will host the Soul Train Awards red carpet pre-show, interviewing today's biggest names in entertainment as they arrive to the Awards.  Joining Keri Hilson and Jody Watley as presenters at this year's show, are actors Anthony Mackie and Bill Bellamy, singer Estelle, radio personality Michael Baisden and reality stars Tameka "Tiny" Harris and Flavor Flav.

This year's Awards show will definitely go on record as being the most soulful, with newly added performances by the legendary Gladys Knight, male powerhouses Ne-Yo, Anthony Hamilton, Raphael Saadiq and Eddie Levert, as well as unforgettable performances by 2 Chainz, Keyshia Cole and newcomers Leah Labelle, Elle Varner and Marcus Canty.   Playing double-duty for the Awards show will be Raphael Saadiq who will bless the stage with an energetic performance, as well as act as musical director for the show. As previously announced, Charlie Wilson, Fantasia and John Legend will bless the Awards stage with their memorable performances.

On Friday, November 9th, Soul Train will host their 1st Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament at the Paiute Golf Club Resort in Las Vegas, hosted by comedian/actor Bill Bellamy and special guest NBA legend Dr. Julius "J" Erving.  For tickets and inquiries, contact info@soultrain.com.

Later that evening, your favorite comedians from all over the U.S., will come together to honor one of their own, comedian George Wallace for the Centric All-Star Comedy Show at Planet Hollywood Live.  George has received several accolades for his standup comedy and live shows including being slated #93 on Comedy Central's list of the 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time. Currently, George has a running show at The Flamingo Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.  The All-Star Comedy Show lineup includes performances by George Wilborn, Sherri Shepherd, Earthquake, Bill Bellamy, Chris Spencer, Tony Rock and Gary Owen.  Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.

The Soul Train Awards 2012 three-day experience at Planet Hollywood Live will end on Saturday on a high note, with the Centric Soul Weekend Live in Concert event featuring today's hottest male singers:  TGT (Tyrese, Ginuwine and Tank), funky R&B star Miguel and Soul Train Awards 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award recipients New Edition. This is a concert not to be missed.  Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.

The Soul Train Awards 2012 will premiere simultaneously on BET and Centric on Sunday, November 25th at 9pm ET/PT.  For more information, go to www.BET.com/SoulTrain.

To purchase travel packages for Centric's Soul Train Awards 2012 three-day experience in Las Vegas, which includes tickets to the Soul Train Awards, All-Star Comedy Show, Concert, and other exclusive events and extras, please visit: http://www.soultrainpackages.com/travel-package.html.

About CENTRIC:

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 Bowie, Janet Jackson and Beyonce, 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.

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