Erykah Badu will return as host for the 2016 Soul Train Music Awards, landing at Las Vegas' Orleans Arena next month.
The R&B singer served as the master of ceremonies for last year's telecast, where she notably threw shade at rapper Iggy Azalea ("What you’re doing is definitely not rap," she quipped), and also poked fun at her string of rap romances. "As you know, I am the queen of neo-soul, and people say I have this common effect on rappers: that I make them change gods and wear crochet hats, shoulder pads," said Badu during the ceremony. "So they have banned me from all of the hip-hop awards with a sign saying 'Erykah Badu, leave our rappers alone.'"
In addition to announcing Badu's back-to-back hosting gig, Centric and BET also unveiled the show's nominees. 2016 hip-hop MVP Drake leads the pack with 12 nominations, including a pair of nods for the Video of the Year Award for his viral smash "Hotline Bling" and his guest spot on Rihanna's earworm "Work." Beyonce follows with eight nominations for her work on the visual album Lemonade, earning mentions for Best R&B/Soul Female Artist, Album/Mixtape of the Year, Song of the Year for "Formation" and Best Dance Performance, as well as the Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award.