The Hippest Trip in America is headed to Planet Hollywood in Sin City for music's Most Soulful Night - Soul Train Awards 2012

Original King of Comedy and "Soul Man" Actor Cedric "The Entertainer" on board to Host; Legendary R&B Group New Edition honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

Usher leads talented pack with 5 Soul Train Nods; R. Kelly becomes most nominated artist in Soul Train Awards History; Whitney Houston and Amy Winehouse receive posthumous nominations

Soul Train Awards 2012: taping, November 8th at Planet Hollywood's PH Live in Las Vegas; Premiering on BET and Centric Sunday, November 25th at 9PM*

Sep 19, 2012, 11:00 ET from BET Networks

NEW YORK, Sept. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Soul Train Awards '12, hosted by the Original King of Comedy and "Soul Man" actor Cedric "The Entertainer," is headed to Las Vegas for its annual night of music and honors.  Featuring a Lifetime Achievement Award presentation to New Edition and soon-to-be-announced live performances from today's music superstars, Soul Train Awards '12 will premiere simultaneously on BET and Centric on Sunday, November 25th at 9pm*.

Every year, Soul Train Awards acknowledges the achievements of today's most famed entertainers in multiple categories. This year, with two nominations, including Album of the Year, R. Kelly will be the most nominated artist in Soul Train Awards history.  R&B superstar Usher is also making Soul Train Awards history with five nominations including nods for Song of the Year and Album of the Year; surpassing both Michael Jackson and Beyonce in total nominations in a lifetime.

International songstress Estelle leads women in nominations with three nods including Song of the Year for "Thank You" and Best Female Soul/R&B Artist.  Rapper Nas also receives three nominations, including Album of the Year for "Life is Good."  Singers Trey Songz and John Legend, who received two nods each, will compete in the Song of the Year category with Estelle, Usher, Tyrese and Wale. The late Whitney Houston and Amy Winehouse each received a posthumous nomination.  Whitney Houston in the Best Gospel Inspirational Performance category for her collaboration with Jordin Sparks on "Celebrate" from the Sparkle soundtrack, and Amy Winehouse in the Best International Performance Category for "Our Day Will Come."

The Soul Train Awards is a presentation of Centric and Sunseeker Media and directed by Manny Rodriguez. Paxton Baker, Tami Willis-Arasli, Derek Lewis, Centric; Bart Phillips, Sunseeker Media; and Soul Train Holdings' Kenard Gibbs will all be the executive producers of the network telecast, along with Cedric Kyles and Eric Rhone.

Soul Train Awards '12 will air on BET and Centric on Sunday, November 25th at 9pm*.

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*All times ET/PT


Best New Artist
Elle Varner
Emeli Sande
J. Cole
Luke James
Robert Glasper

Centric Award
Esperanza Spalding
Gary Clark Jr.
Leah LaBelle

Best Gospel/Inspirational Performance
BeBe Winans - America America
Fred Hammond - I Feel Good
Marvin Sapp - My Testimony
Mary Mary - Go Get It
Whitney Houston and Jordin Sparks - Celebrate

Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year
2 Chainz feat. Drake - No Lie
Wale feat. Miguel - Lotus Flower Bomb
Nas - Daughters
Kanye West feat. Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz - Mercy
Young Jeezy feat. Ne-Yo - Leave You Alone

Best R&B/Soul Female Artist
Keyshia Cole
Mary J. Blige
Melanie Fiona

Best R&B/Soul Male Artist
Robin Thicke
Trey Songz

Album of the Year
The One - Eric Benet
Channel Orange - Frank Ocean
Life Is Good - Nas
Write Me Back - R. Kelly
Looking For Myself - Usher

Song of the Year
Estelle - Thank You
John Legend feat. Ludacris - Tonight (Best You Ever Had)
Trey Songz - Heart Attack
Tyrese - Stay
Usher - Climax
Wale feat. Miguel - Lotus Flower Bomb

The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter's Award
Thank You - Estelle (Writers: Arden Altino, Akene "The Champ" Dunkley, Jerry Duplessis, Doug F. Edwards, Thomas D. Richardson, Aliaune Thiam)
Tonight (Best You Ever Had) - John Legend feat. Ludacris (Writers: Allen Arthur, Christopher "Ludacris" Bridges, Keith Justice, Miguel Pimentel "Miguel", Clayton Reilly, John Stephens)
Daughters - Nas (Writers: Nasir Jones, Ernest D. Wilson, Patrick Adams, Gary DeCarlo, Dale Frashuer, Paul Leka)
Share My Love - R. Kelly (Writer: Robert Kelly)
Climax - Usher (Writers: Usher Raymond IV, Sean "Redd Stylez" Fenton, Thomas "Diplo" Pentz, Ariel Rechtshaid)

Best Dance Performance
Beyonce - Love On Top
Chris Brown -Turn Up The Music
Nicki Minaj - Starships
Rihanna - Where Have You Been
Usher - Scream awards: Best Caribbean Performance
Cover Drive - Bajan Style
Damien "Junior Gong" Marley - SuperHeavy
Jimmy Cliff - Rebirth
Matisyahu - Spark Seeker
Sean Paul - Tomahawk Technique Best International Performance
Amy Winehouse - Our Day Will Come
Daley feat. Marsha Ambrosius - Alone Together
Emeli Sande - Next To Me
Estelle - Thank You
Gotye feat. Kimbra - Somebody (That I Used To Know)
Rebecca Ferguson - Nothing's Real But Love Best Traditional Jazz Artist/Group
Chris Botti - Impressions

Kenny Garrett - Seeds From The Underground
Melody Gardot - The Absence
The Robert Glasper Experiment - Black Radio
Tony Bennett - Isn't It Romantic Best Contemporary Jazz Artist/Group
Ben Tankard - Full Tank
Brian Culbertson - DREAMS
Cassandra Wilson - Another Country
Esperanza Spalding - Radio Music Society
Peter White - Here We Go

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:, 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,, 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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