Erykah Badu Returns to Host the 2016 Soul Train Music Awards as Drake, Beyonce Lead Nominations

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Erykah Badu speaks onstage during Black Girls Rock! 2016 on April 1, 2016 in Newark City, N.J. 

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. 

The filming for the Soul Train Music Awards will take place on Nov. 6 before it airs on Centric and BET at 8 p.m. ET on Nov. 27. 

See the full list of nominees below.

Best New Artist
ANDERSON .PAAK
ANDRA DAY
BRYSON TILLER
CHANCE THE RAPPER
RO JAMES
TORY LANEZ
 
Best R&B/Soul Male Artist
ANTHONY HAMILTON
BRYSON TILLER
MAXWELL
THE WEEKND
USHER
 
Centric Certified Award
AFTER 7
ANDERSON .PAAK
BILAL
LALAH HATHAWAY
MUSIQ SOULCHILD
 
Video of the Year

BEYONCÉ - FORMATION
BEYONCÉ - SORRY
DRAKE - HOTLINE BLING
KANYE WEST - FADE
RIHANNA FT. DRAKE - WORK
 
Best Gospel/ Inspirational Song
DONNIE MCCLURKIN - I NEED YOU
HEZEKIAH WALKER - BETTER
KIRK FRANKLIN - 123 VICTORY
TAMELA MANN - GOD PROVIDES
TRAVIS GREENE - MADE A WAY
 
Album/Mixtape of the Year
BEYONCÉ - LEMONADE
BRYSON TILLER - T R A P S O U L
DJ KHALED - MAJOR KEY
DRAKE - VIEWS
KANYE WEST - THE LIFE OF PABLO
RIHANNA - ANTI
 
Rhythm & Bars Award (Formerly Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year)
CHANCE THE RAPPER FT. LIL WAYNE & 2 CHAINZ - NO PROBLEM
DJ KHALED FT. DRAKE - FOR FREE
DRAKE - CONTROLLA
DRAKE FT. WIZKID & KYLA - ONE DANCE
FAT JOE & REMY MA FT. FRENCH MONTANA & INFARED - ALL THE WAY UP
 
Best R&B/Soul Female Artist

ALICIA KEYS
BEYONCÉ
FANTASIA
JILL SCOTT
RIHANNA

Song of the Year
ADELE - HELLO
BEYONCÉ - FORMATION
BRYSON TILLER - DON’T
DRAKE - CONTROLLA
RIHANNA FT. DRAKE - WORK
 
The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award
HELLO – WRITTEN BY: ADELE LAURIE BLUE ADKINS, GREGORY ALLEN KURSTIN (ADELE)
RISE UP – WRITTEN BY: ANDRA DAY, JENNIFER DECILVEO (ANDRA DAY)
FORMATION – WRITTEN BY: MICHAEL L. WILLIAMS II, BEYONCÉ KNOWLES, KHALIF BROWN, AAQUIL BROWN, ASHETON HOGAN, (BEYONCÉ)
DON’T – WRITTEN BY: JOHNTÁ M. AUSTIN, MARIAH CAREY, BRYAN-MICHAEL COX, JERMAINE DUPRI, TAVORIS JAVON HOLLINS, ISOM BRANDON STEWART, BRYSON DEJUAN TILLER (BRYSON TILLER)
NEEDED ME – WRITTEN BY: NICHOLAS VALENTINO AUDINO, RACHEL DERRUS, ADAM KING FEENEY, ROBYN R. FENTY, BRITTANY TALIA HAZZARD, CHARLES HINSHAW JR., LEWIS BERESFORD HUGHES, DIJON ISAIAH MCFARLANE, KHALED ROHAIM, TE WHITI TE RANGITEPAIA MATAA WARBICK (RIHANNA)
 
Best Dance Performance
BEYONCÉ - FORMATION
DRAKE - HOTLINE BLING
KANYE WEST (DANCE PERFORMANCE FT. TEYANA TAYLOR) - FADE
RIHANNA FT. DRAKE - WORK
USHER FT. YOUNG THUG - NO LIMIT
 
Best Collaboration 
BEYONCÉ FT. KENDRICK LAMAR - FREEDOM
CHANCE THE RAPPER FT. LIL WAYNE & 2 CHAINZ - NO PROBLEM
DJ KHALED FT. DRAKE - FOR FREE
FAT JOE & REMY MA FT. FRENCH MONTANA & INFARED - ALL THE WAY UP 
RIHANNA FT. DRAKE - WORK