JOHN LEGEND, FANTASIA, AND CHARLIE WILSON JOIN HOST CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER AND LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENT
NEW EDITION AS FIRST ANNOUNCED
SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2012 PERFORMERS
JODY WATLEY AND KERI HILSON ADDED AS PRESENTERS
Premiering on BET and Centric Sunday, November 25th at 9PM ET/PT.
NEW YORK, NY – November 1, 2012 – Soul Train Awards 2012 is pleased to announce John Legend, Fantasia, and Charlie Wilson as the first performers to this year’s lineup. Soul Train legend Jody Watley and recording artist Keri Hilson will also join previously announced host, Cedric the Entertainer, and 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, New Edition, as two of this year’s presenters.
For the first time in Soul Train Awards history, this year’s show will be a part of a special 3-day experience bringing together the biggest names in music, comedy, and entertainment. Kicking off on Thursday, November 8th at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas will be the brand’s annual awards show, Soul Train Awards 2012. The 3-day experience will also feature a Comedy All Star showcase on November 9th, a live concert event on November 10th, and golf tournament. The Soul Train Awards 2012 will premiere simultaneously on BET and Centric on Sunday, November 25th at 9pm ET/PT.
In addition to performing at this year’s Awards show, John Legend is nominated for “Song of the Year” for “Tonight (Best You Ever Had)” featuring Ludacris.
For non-media: to purchase travel packages for Centric’s Soul Train Awards 3-day experience in Las Vegas, which includes tickets to the Soul Train Awards, comedy showcase, concert, and other exclusive events and extras, please visit: http://www.soultrainpackages.com/travel-package.html
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.
About BET Networks:
BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is the nation's leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and sub-Saharan Africa. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions: BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; CENTRIC, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the 25- to 54-year-old African-American audience; BET Digital Networks - BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Home Entertainment, a collection of BET-branded offerings for the home environment including DVDs and video-on-demand; BET Event Productions, a full-scale event management an d production company with festivals and live events spanning the globe; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET in the United Kingdom and oversees the extension of BET network programming for global distribution.
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 Companies.