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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. 

Want to cover the BET Presents: 2017 Soul Train Awards red carpet? Head to www.betpressroom.com now and complete the application!

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

Taraji P. Henson Hosts “BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™” 2017 AWARD

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BET Networks announces Taraji P. Henson as the host of the  “BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™” 2017 Awards, which will tape on Saturday, August 5, 2017 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s Prudential Hall in Newark, NJ and premiere on Sunday, August 20, 2017 at 8:00 P.M./ET on BET.  Created by celebrity DJ and women’s empowerment advocate Beverly Bond, the  “BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™”2017 Awards honors the groundbreaking achievements of Black women who have fearlessly broken barriers in the areas of art, business, entertainment and community service.

“I’m honored to host the BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™’ Awards.  I love the message and I love Beverly Bond and her vision. I was lucky to be honored in 2011. It is truly a highlight of my life.  Now I’m back to be part of this amazing night to honor the strong and powerful Yara, Issa Rae, Roberta, Suzanne, Derrica and Natalie. Let’s make history together as we come together as women of brains, beauty and in support of each other,” said Henson.

Taraji P. Henson starred in the Academy Award nominated FOX Feature Hidden Figures based on the life of Katherine Johnson at NASA. The cast received Best Ensemble at the 2017 Screen Actors Guild Awards. Taraji received the 2016 Golden Globe for Best Actress in Drama Series, Critic’s Choice Award and two Emmy nominations for her star turn as Cookie Lyon in the groundbreaking and award winning hit series Empire. Taraji released her NY Times Best Seller Around The Way Girl published by Simon and Schuster October 2016. She stars in the three features Acrimony/Lionsgate, Proud Mary/Sony and the independent film Best of Enemies set for release in 2018. Taraji has received seven NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Actress and Entertainer of the Year. She also received five BET Awards for her work in film and television.

This year, the three-time NAACP Award-winning “BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™” Awards celebrates  “Insecure” creator, actress, writer and producer Issa Rae (Star Power Award), actress and activist Yara Shahidi (Young Gifted and Black Award), GRAMMY Award-winning songstress Roberta Flack (Living Legend Award), Wall Street powerhouse and pioneer Suzanne Shank (Shot Caller Award) and Community organizers Derrica Wilson and Natalie Wilson of The Black & Missing Foundation (Community Change Agent Award).

The televised special is a BET Networks, B.G.R. Enterprises Inc./BONDVISION MEDIA and Jesse Collins Entertainment production. The executive producers are Beverly Bond, CEO, Founder and Creator of “BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™”, Connie Orlando, Interim Head of Programming for BET Networks and Jesse Collins and Jeannae Rouzan – Clay of Jesse Collins Entertainment.

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