Soul Train Awards 2012 Premieres Sunday, November 25th At 8pm ET/PT On Centric
HOST CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER RECEIVES ADVICE FROM LEGENDARY COMEDIANS,
PERFORMERS, AND VEGAS MAINSTAYS BILLY CRYSTAL, DONNY AND MARIE OSMOND, AND
STEVIE WONDER, JOHN LEGEND, CHARLIE WILSON, NEW EDITION, JAMIE FOXX, NE-YO, 2
CHAINZ, MIGUEL, KEYSHIA COLE, FANTASIA, ANTHONY HAMILTON, EDDIE LEVERT,
RAPHAEL SAADIQ, AND MORE BRING THE SOUL TO PLANET HOLLYWOOD LIVE
CENTRIC'S APOLLO LIVE! HOST TONY ROCK AND REALITY STAR TAMAR BRAXTON HOST THE
SOUL TRAIN AWARDS RED CARPET PRE-SHOW PREMIERING NOVEMBER 25TH AT 7PM ET/PT ON
CENTRIC & BET
NEW YORK, Nov. 19, 2012
NEW YORK, Nov. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --On Thursday, November 8, 2012, the
Soul Train Awards celebrated its 25^th Awards show by honoring the best in
music and entertainment at Planet Hollywood Live in Las Vegas. Hosted by
Cedric the Entertainer, and backed by the musical direction of Raphael Saadiq,
Soul Train Awards 2012 featured meaningful tributes to this year's loss of Don
Cornelius, hilarious Awards presentations, not-to-be-missed musical
performances, and much more. The network premiere of Soul Train Awards 2012
will be televised simultaneously on Centric and BET on Sunday, November 25,
2012 at 8pm ET/PT.
Today's hottest artists and Soul Train Awards 2012 nominees took to the Planet
Hollywood Live stage including: three-time 2012 nominee Miguel, who performed
his hit "Adorn;" Ne-Yo, who wowed with his single "Let Me Love You;" 2012 Best
R&B/Soul Female Artist nominee Keyshia Cole, who performed her single "Trust
and Believe;" Tyrese, who performed his Song of the Year-nominated hit "Stay;"
2012 Best New Artist nominee Elle Varner, who sang a remix version of her
single "Refill" with a human beatbox; and two-time 2012 nominee John Legend,
performed his Song of the Year-nominated smash "Tonight (Best you Ever Had)."
Bringing southern hip-hop to the Soul Train Awards 2012 stage was two-time
2012 Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year nominee, 2 Chainz, who performed a
crowd-pleasing medley of his hits "Birthday Song," "I'm Different," along with
a special duet of "Ghetto Dreams" with Charlie Wilson.
Soul Train Awards 2012 couldn't have been the year's biggest night for
R&B/soul without unforgettable, crowd-raising performances by legends like
Stevie Wonder, Eddie Levert, and Charlie Wilson, as well as contemporary
artists of today channeling classic soul icons of yesterday. Epic Records
recording artist Leah Labelle brought down the house with her flawless
performance of Teena Marie's "Square Biz," Grammy Award-winner Fantasia
embodied the Queen of Soul with her rendition of the Aretha Franklin classic
"Don't Play That Song For Me," while Anthony Hamilton belted Bill Withers'
"Lovely Day," and The Voice season 1 winner Marcus Canty tore up the stage
with his take on Luther Vandross' "Never Too Much."
New Edition—particularly Bobby Brown—gave a tear-inducing acceptance speech
during the group's much-anticipated and well-deserved Lifetime Achievement
Award presentation. The sextet later returned to the stage for a very special
medley performance of their hits like "Candy Girl," "Telephone Man," and "If
It Isn't Love" that drove the crowd wild.
Not to be outdone by the phenomenal music performances of the night, the
caliber of star power the Soul Train Awards 2012 pulled together for the
first-ever three-day Soul Train Awards experience in Las Vegas was legendary.
Long-time Academy Awards host, actor, and comedian Billy Crystal, Donny and
Marie Osmond, Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx, Las Vegas comedic icon George Wallace,
basketball legend Earvin "Magic" Johnson, hit-making songwriter and producer
Jimmy Jam, Vampire Diaries star Kat Graham, Tamar Braxton, 2012 Best New
Artist nominee Luke James, radio personality Tom Joyner, and more came out to
present Awards, introduce musical acts as well as provide hysterical advice,
guidance, and encouragement to two-time Soul Train Awards host Cedric the
Entertainer about moving the show to Las Vegas.
Additional memorable moments include: the consistent threading of memories and
images of the late Don Cornelius throughout the show—particularly the words
from his son, Tony Cornelius; Charlie Wilson showing Cedric the Entertainer
how to romance a woman; Eddie Levert singing "Casanova"; Jamie Foxx
introducing a trailer for his upcoming film directed by Quentin Tarantino,
Django Unchained; and the super group TGT—composed of Tank, Ginuwine, and
Fresh off the heels of the Presidential election and Barack Obama's
re-election, Cedric The Entertainer coined the phrase of the night—"2
Termz"—playing off the audience call-and-response of 2 Chainz's name.
Closing out the show was none other than the "8^th Wonder of the World,"
Stevie Wonder, who delivered a roof-blowing medley of his hits including
"Superstition" and President-Elect Barack Obama's acceptance speech entrance
song "Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours," which was backed by projected
photos of the "2 Termz" President.
Additional celebrity attendees and appearances by Estelle, Melanie Fiona, Jody
Watley, Doug E. Fresh, Tony Rock, Mike Bivins, Gary Owen, Olympic gold
medalist Cullen Jones, Kenny Lattimore, Lil Mama, Julius "Dr. J" Erving, and
The Soul Train Awardsis a presentation of Centric Network. Executive
Producers of the telecast are: Paxton Baker, Tami Willis-Arasli, Derek Lewis,
CENTRIC; Bart Phillips, Sunseeker Media; and Soul Train Holdings' Kenard
Gibbs, along with Cedric Kyles; Eric Rhone; Doug E. Fresh; and Damien Smith.
TheSoul Train Awardsis directed by Tony McCuin and produced in cooperation
with the City of Las Vegas and Clark County Nevada.
The Soul Train Awards 2012 will premiere simultaneously on BET and Centric on
Sunday, November 25^th at 8pm ET/PT. For more information, go to
www.BET.com/SoulTrain and Tweet on Twitter using: #SoulTrainAwards
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.
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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
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