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Beyonce, Maxwell and Keri Hilson Lead the Nominations for the CENTRIC PRESENTS: 2009 SOUL TRAIN AWARDS SHOW Premiering on Sunday, November 29 at 9:00 PM*

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taHosted by Academy Award-nominated actors Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, the CENTRIC Special Will Also Feature Performances by Toni Braxton, Erykah Badu, Trey Songz, Robin Thicke, Fantasia and Many More

CENTRIC announces a prestigious list of nominees to be recognized in the Network’s first special, CENTRIC PRESENTS: 2009 SOUL TRAIN AWARDS SHOW. Grammy Award-winner Beyonce, R&B diva Keri Hilson, and soulful crooner Maxwell lead the pack with four nominations each. Hosted by Academy Award-nominated actors Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, the return of the Soul Train Awards promises to be a soulful music event acknowledging R&B music’s finest. Taping at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia on Tuesday, November 3, the show will premiere on both CENTRIC and BET in a special simulcast on Sunday, November 29 at 9:00 PM*.

The show will honor the longstand ing careers and musical influences of legendary artists Chaka Khan, Charlie Wilson, L.A. Reid and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds in special music tributes. The special will also showcase a Motown Records 50th Anniversary musical celebration. The show will also recognize the outstand ing musical work of selected artists in ten prestigious music categories and will honor the phenomenal star power and showmanship of the late Michael Jackson with the special Entertainer of the Year Award.

Featuring a star-studded lineup of performers, including Toni Braxton, Trey Songz, Erykah Badu, Robin Thicke, Fantasia, Ryan Leslie, Chrisette Michelle, Raheem DeVaughn, Karyn White, Boyz II Men, Ledisi, Chico Debarge, Angie Stone, Brian McKnight, Ginuwine, Melanie Fiona, and Johnny Gill among others, the show is guaranteed to take viewers on a soul-stirring ride. The CENTRIC PRESENTS: 2009 SOUL TRAIN AWARDS brings the Love, Peace and Soul with an unforgettable evening showcasing the present and future to celebrate the past.
The following is a complete list of nominees and categories for the CENTRIC PRESENTS: 2009 SOUL TRAIN AWARDS:
BEST NEW ARTIST
Drake
Jazmine Sullivan
Keri Hilson
Ryan Leslie
Solange
BEST R&B/SOUL ARTIST FEMALE
Beyonce
Chrisette Michele
Jennifer Hudson
Ledisi
Whitney Houston
BEST MALE R&B/SOUL MALE
Charlie Wilson
Maxwell
Musiq Soulchild
Raphael Saadiq
Robin Thicke
SONG OF THE YEAR
“God in Me” – Mary Mary
“Pretty Wings” – Maxwell
“Single Ladies (Put a ring on it)” – Beyonce
“Spotlight” – Jennifer Hudson
“Turnin Me On” – Keri Hilson/ ft Lil Wayne
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Beyonce – I am… Sasha Fierce (Platinum) Sony Music
Jamie Foxx – Intuition (Platinum) J Records
Kanye West – 808s & Heartbreak (Platinum) Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam
Maxwell – Blacksummer’s Night (Gold) Sony Music
Ne-Yo – Year of the Gentleman
RECORD OF THE YEAR (SONGWRITER AWARD)
Beyonce – “Single Ladies (Put a ring on it)”
Drake – “Best I ever had”
Jamie Foxx Ft/T-Pain – “Blame it”
Keri Hilson – “Knock You Down”
Maxwell – “Pretty Wings”
BEST REGGAE ARTIST AWARD
Movado
Sean Paul
Serani
Taurus Riley
Ziggy Marley
CENTRIC AWARD – SOUL APPROVED/UNDERGROUND
Corneille
Eric Roberson
Laura Izibor
Maysa
The Knux
BEST GOSPEL PERFORMANCE MALE, FEMALE OR GROUP
BeBe and CeCe Winans – “Close To You”
Fred Hammond f/John P Kee – “They That Wait”
Marvin Sapp – “Praise Him in Advance”
Mary Mary – “God In Me”
Smokie Norful – “Justified”
BEST COLLABORATION
Keri Hilson featuring Kanye West & Ne-Yo – “Knock you Down”
Keyshia Cole featuring Monica – “Trust”
Mario featuring Gucci Mane and Sean Garrett – “Break up”
Mary Mary featuring Kierra (KiKi) Sheard – “God In Me”
Trey Songz featuring Drake – “Successful”
ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Michael Jackson
The CENTRIC PRESENTS: 2009 SOUL TRAIN AWARDS is produced by Sunseeker Media and directed by Alex Coletti and Manny Rodriguez, in collaboration with BET Event Productions. Paxton Baker, CENTRIC Executive Vice President and General Manager; Essie Chambers, CENTRIC Senior Vice President of Programming; Tami Willis-Arasli, CENTRIC Vice President of Production; Bart Phillips, Sunseeker Media; and Soul Train Holdings’ Kenard Gibbs, Peter Griffith, and Anthony Maddox will all be the executive producers of the network telecast.
Viewers can visit the BET website at www.bet.com for more show information, and a complete list of performers.
Tickets for the CENTRIC PRESENTS: 2009 SOUL TRAIN AWARDS show are by invite only and not available for purchase.
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