Jennifer Hudson, Tamar Braxton, Smokey Robinson Lead Soul Train Awards Lineup
Jennifer Hudson, Tamar Braxton and Smokey Robinson are among the marquee names announced today as performers for the 2013 Soul Train Awards. The fifth annual show is being taped on Nov. 8 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. It will premiere on Centric and BET on Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. ET.
Rounding out the performer lineup thus far: K. Michelle, Wale, Kem, Chrisette Michelle, Eric Benét, Ronald Isley, Bobby Caldwell, Joss Stone and "American Idol" season 12 winner Candice Glover. Notes Robinson, "I'm very excited to be a part of this year's ‘Soul Train Awards.' I'm thrilled that the show is honoring Dionne Warwick -- one of my favorite people -- and that I'll be performing in tribute to her."
Rapper Kendrick Lamar leads with six award nominations, including best new artist, album of the year and song of the year. Tied with five nominations each are Miguel, Justin Timberlake, Robin Thicke, Chris Brown and Braxton. Actor/comedian Anthony Anderson will host.
CENTRIC exec. VP/GM Paxton Baker says the network is "80%-90% finished" with the show's booking and adds there are a "couple of big surprises we are close to closing." After three years in Atlanta, this marks the award show's second year in Las Vegas. Notes Baker, "Don Cornelius shaped ‘Soul Train' into the premier place to celebrate soul and the African-American culture, and its legacy is just as meaningful today."
In addition to the Soul Train Awards, CENTRIC also presents the annual Soul Train Cruise. Gladys Knight and Earth, Wind & Fire are among the headliners for the current cruise (Oct. 5-12) in Mexico. The next cruise takes place Feb. 23-March 2, with stops in the Caribbean ports of St. Maarten, St. Barths and Half Moon Cay, Bahamas. Headliners include Charlie Wilson, the Isley Brothers, Roberta Flack and Stephanie Mills.