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BET ANNOUNCES OFFICIAL NOMINEES FOR THE 2017 SOUL TRAIN AWARDS

BET ANNOUNCES OFFICIAL NOMINEES FOR THE 2017 SOUL TRAIN AWARDS AS SOLANGE TOPS WITH 7 NOMINATIONS FOLLOWED BY FELLOW HITMAKERS BRUNO MARS, DJ KHALED, RIHANNA, KHALID AND SZA

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Multi-Platinum and Seven-Time Grammy Award-Winning Recording Artist, Songwriter & Producer Toni Braxton to Receive the Don Cornelius Legend Award

Grammy Award-Nominated, Multi-Platinum Trio SWV to be Honored with Third Annual Lady of Soul Award

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Soul Train Awards to Air on BET and BET HER, November 26th at 8PM ET

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 BET today announced the nominees for the BET Presents: 2017 Soul Train Awards across 12 different categories. The annual celebration will recognize the best in Soul, R&B and Hip-Hop from legends to the next generation. Filmed on November 5th at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, BET Presents: 2017 Soul Train Awards will air on BET and BET HER on November 26th, 2017 at 8PM ET. 

Solange leads the bunch with seven total nominations including Best R&B/Soul Female Artist, and the highly coveted Video of the Year and Song of the Year for hit single “Cranes in the Sky.” Bruno Mars follows with six total nominations including two nominations for Song of the Year for his hit single “That’s What I Like,” and Album/Mixtape of the Year for “24K Magic.” DJ KhaledRihanna and Bryson Tiller also received multiple nominations this year including Video of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Collaboration. The next generation of soul is also being recognized, including Khalid and SZA, who are multi-nominees across categories including Best New Artist, Best R&B/Soul Male Artist, Best R&B/Soul Female Artist, Best Collaboration and the Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award.

Multi-platinum and seven-time Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter, artist, actress and producer Toni Braxton is set to receive the coveted Don Cornelius Legend Award. Braxton became an immediate R&B superstar after the release of her self-titled debut album in 1993. Her debut album received multiple awards, including three Grammy Awards (for Best New Artist and two consecutive awards for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance in 1994 and 1995). Her second album, “Secrets” was certified 8x platinum and included her greatest hit titled, "Un-Break My Heart,” the Diane Warren-penned ballad which spent 11-weeks at number one. Over the span of her career, Braxton has sold over 67 million records, including 41 million albums, worldwide. Toni’s current single, “Deadwood,” was released by Def Jam Recordings in September and her new album, “Sex & Cigarettes,” her first in seven years, will be out in early 2018. 

The third annual Lady of Soul Award will be presented to Grammy Award-Nominated, multi-platinum, female R&B trio SWV. SWV became one of the most successful R&B groups of the 1990s. They had a series of hits, including "Weak,” "Right Here/Human Nature,” "I'm So into You,” and "You're the One.” They have sold more than 25 million records, making them one of the best-selling girl groups of all time. Last year’s Lady of Soul Award went to R&B icon Brandy. Both Toni and SWV are being recognized for their longstanding presence in the music industry and influence on the world of soul and R&B music past and present.

BET Presents: 2017 Soul Train Awards will feature an exciting lineup of unforgettable performances and viewers can expect special appearances by some of the brightest stars in entertainment. The event annually showcases Soul Train’s impact on the history of music and dance from the 70s to today. 

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BET Presents: 2017 Soul Train Awards is produced by Jesse Collins Entertainment. Executive Producers of the network telecast are as follows: Debra Lee and Connie Orlando from BET, and Jesse Collins from Jesse Collins Entertainment.

For show information, please visit BET.com/SoulTrain, the official site for BET Presents: 2017 Soul Train Awards

The complete list of nominees for BET Presents: 2017 Soul Train Awards are:

Best New Artist 6LACK H.E.R. KEVIN ROSS KHALID SZA

Best R&B/Soul Male Artist BRUNO MARS BRYSON TILLER CHRIS BROWN KHALID THE WEEKND

Best R&B/Soul Female Artist KEHLANI LALAH HATHAWAY LEDISI MARY J. BLIGE SOLANGE SZA

Soul Train Certified Award BELL BIV DEVOE JOHNNY GILL LALAH HATHAWAY LEDISI MACK WILDS

Video of the Year BEYONCÉ – ALL NIGHT BRUNO MARS - 24K MAGIC CHRIS BROWN FT. USHER & GUCCI MANE – PARTY DJ KHALED FT. RIHANNA & BRYSON TILLER - WILD THOUGHTS SOLANGE - CRANES IN THE SKY

Best Gospel/ Inspirational Award CHANCE THE RAPPER CHARLIE WILSON KIRK FRANKLIN LECRAE TAMELA MANN

Album/ Mixtape of the Year BRUNO MARS - 24K MAGIC MARY J. BLIGE – STRENGTH OF A WOMAN SOLANGE – A SEAT AT THE TABLE SZA – CTRL THE WEEKND - STARBOY

Rhythm & Bars Award (Formerly Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year) CARDI B – BODAK YELLOW DJ KHALED FT. RIHANNA & BRYSON TILLER – WILD THOUGHTS FRENCH MONTANA FT. SWAE LEE - UNFORGETTABLE KENDRICK LAMAR – HUMBLE. YO GOTTI FT. NICKI MINAJ – RAKE IT UP

Song of the Year BRUNO MARS – THAT’S WHAT I LIKE CHILDISH GAMBINO - REDBONE DJ KHALED FT. RIHANNA & BRYSON TILLER – WILD THOUGHTS KHALID – LOCATION SOLANGE – CRANES IN THE SKY

The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award CRANES IN THE SKY – WRITTEN BY: TROY L. JOHN, SOLANGE KNOWLES, RAPHAEL SAADIQ (SOLANGE) LOCATION – WRITTEN BY: ALFREDO EMMANUEL GONZALEZ, OLATUNJI OLUTOMIWA, SAMUEL DAVID JIMENEZ, KHALID ROBINSON, JOSHUA SCRUGGS (KHALID) LOVE ME NOW – WRITTEN BY: BLAKE MATTHEW SIMON MILLS, JOHN HENRY RYAN, JOHN ROGER STEPHENS (JOHN LEGEND) REDBONE – WRITTEN BY: GEORGE CLINTON, WILLIAM EARL COLLINS, GARY LEE COOER, DONALD MCKINLEY GLOVER II, LUDWIG EMIL TOMAS GORANSSON (CHILDISH GAMBINO) VERSACE ON THE FLOOR – WRITTEN BY: CHRISTOPHER STEVEN BROWN, JAMES EDWARD FAUNTLEROY, BRUNO MARS, PHILIP MARTIN LAWRENCE (BRUNO MARS)

Best Dance Performance BRUNO MARS – 24K MAGIC CHRIS BROWN FT. USHER & GUCCI MANE - PARTY DJ KHALED FT. RIHANNA & BRYSON TILLER – WILD THOUGHTS SOLANGE FT. SAMPHA – DON’T TOUCH MY HAIR WIZKID FT. DRAKE – COME CLOSER

Best Collaboration DJ KHALED FT. RIHANNA & BRYSON TILLER – WILD THOUGHTS JAZMINE SULLIVAN & BRYSON TILLER – INSECURE MARY J. BLIGE FT. KANYE WEST – LOVE YOURSELF SOLANGE FT. SAMPHA – DON’T TOUCH MY HAIR SZA FT. TRAVIS SCOTT – LOVE GALORE

G Herbo Releases “Red Snow” – Lead Single Off Debut Album, ‘Humble Beast’

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G Herbo released "Red Snow" the first single off his highly anticipated debut album, Humble Beast, today along with a deeply meaningful, cinematic visual via Machine Entertainment. The C-Sick-produced track lyrically touches on the tumultuous upbringing of Chicago's youth, and how it effects one's life. The video, directed by Noyz For Gravitii Films, accurately depicts the turbulence in Chicago and how desensitized the youths are to the violence and heartache seen daily. "Red Snow" will be available for streaming and purchase tomorrow (June 16th). Humble Beast is set for release this summer. Watch the "Red Snow" video below.

About "Red Snow", G Herbo says "Red Snow is important to me because it's from my heart, during a time when so many people were dying around me. The video just shows how immune and numb kids like me have become to violence in the ghettos like Chicago and all over the world."  

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Humble Beast - executive produced by Mikkey Halsted and Joseph "JB" Bowden - provides a portrayal of Chicago from G Herbo's viewpoint, a product of Chicago's gutter. The album features production by renowned producers, including London On The Track, Da Internz, Southside, Young Chop, DJ L and C-Sick among others. Throughout the album, he explores what effect his upbringing has had on him both from a day-to-day perspective - as seen in "Red Snow" - and overall trajectory. The themes on the album highlight the chaos found in Chicago, and other beleaguered communities, in an effort to create a dialogue and inspire the youth to bring about change for themselves and their cities.

G Herbo (formerly known as Lil Herb) was a member of XXL's 2016 Freshman Class, he first gained momentum with the song "Kill Shit," which has since been viewed over 25M times. Along with his music, G Herbo focuses on philanthropy within the city of Chicago, with a specific focus on Chicago's youth by way of visiting schools and personally giving back to his community. He believes that Chicago's youth are in need of relatable guidance. Furthermore, his N.L.M.B (Never Leave My Brothers) movement focuses on inspiring and instilling a sense of accountability among Chicago's youth. Now as he evolves both as an artist and human being, G Herbo's music subscribes to a sounds far larger and comprehensive than "drill." To define his music as "drill" would be an understatement - a sentiment to be cemented by the release of Humble Beast this summer. 

Essence ‘Black Women in Music’ Celebrates Four-Time GRAMMY® Winner Erykah Badu

Essence ‘Black Women in Music’ Celebrates Four-Time GRAMMY® Winner Erykah Badu

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Essence ‘Black Women in Music’ Celebrates Four-Time GRAMMY® Winner Erykah Badu rfocus.org Official GRAMMY Week Event to Take Place on Thursday, February 9, 2017, in Los Angeles (NEW YORK, January 12, 2017)—Time Inc.’s (NYSE:TIME) Essence, the preeminent brand for African-American women, will host its highly anticipated 8th annual “Black Women in Music”—an official GRAMMY® Week event—on Thursday, February 9, in Los Angeles. The invitation-only soiree will salute the year’s extraordinary GRAMMY nominees and fête four-time GRAMMY winner Erykah Badu on the 20th anniversary of her groundbreaking debut album, “Baduizm.” The evening will also feature a performance by Roc Nation management artist Tiwa Savage, an award-winning Nigerian

Official GRAMMY Week Event to Take Place on Thursday, February 9, 2017, in Los Angeles (NEW YORK, January 12, 2017)—Time Inc.’s (NYSE:TIME) Essence, the preeminent brand for African-American women, will host its highly anticipated 8th annual “Black Women in Music”—an official GRAMMY® Week event—on Thursday, February 9, in Los Angeles. The invitation-only soiree will salute the year’s extraordinary GRAMMY nominees and fête four-time GRAMMY winner Erykah Badu on the 20th anniversary of her groundbreaking debut album, “Baduizm.” The evening will also feature a performance by Roc Nation management artist Tiwa Savage, an award-winning Nigerian

The evening will also feature a performance by Roc Nation management artist Tiwa Savage, an award-winning Nigerian singer songwriter making an indelible impact in the U.S. “From the time that she first hit the scene with her album ‘Baduizm,’ we all fell in love with the genius that is Erykah Badu. It is only fitting that we honor the accomplishments of our neo-soul queen, whose remarkable artistry still moves us 20 years later,” said Essence Editor-in-Chief Vanessa De Luca. “We congratulate Erykah on her incredible career, as well as all of this year’s GRAMMY nominees, who share their amazing gifts with the world.”

“Our collaboration with The Recording Academy® underscores the mission of our ‘Black Women in Music’ platform,” said Essence President Michelle Ebanks. “Essence, like the GRAMMYs, has always been at the forefront of recognizing the genius of so many artists and influencers—from iconic legends to the next generation’s rising stars, like Tiwa Savage. We also applaud our event sponsor, Lincoln, for returning once again to support the vision of this event.” “We’re closely aligned with the inspiration behind the ‘Black Women in Music’ event that helps bring a highly talented group of artists together through the power of music,” said Evan Greene, chief marketing officer of The Recording Academy.

“The Recording Academy has always strived to recognize and celebrate diversity within the music industry.” Established in 2010, ESSENCE ‘Black Women in Music’ has heralded the accomplishments of both emerging and established artists and influencers during GRAMMY week. Previous celebrants include GRAMMY Award winners Jill Scott, Mary J. Blige, Kelly Rowland and Janelle Monáe, GRAMMY Award nominees Solange and Andra Day, as well as music industry veteran Sylvia Rhone and singer/songwriters Lianne La Havas and Emeli Sandé. The 2017 ESSENCE ‘Black Women in Music’ event is sponsored by Lincoln. Stay tuned to Essence.com for highlights and behind-the-scenes access. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @essence #BlackWomeninMusic. Join in the discussion on Facebook.

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