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Maxwell, Ashanti, Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic, Ari Lenox, Leon Bridges and Lucky Daye to perform at the 2021 “Soul Train Awards”



H.E.R., Tristan Mack Wilds and both cats of Games People Play and Sacrifice confirmed as presenters 

The 2021 “Soul Train Awards” set to air live on BET Africa (DSTV Channel 129, GOTV Channel 21) on Monday November 29th, at 01:00 WAT/ 2:00 CAT, will feature an exciting line-up of unforgettable performances, special moments and appearances by some of the biggest stars in R&B, Gospel, Adult Urban Contemporary and Soul. This year, performers will include the 2021 “Soul Train Awards” ‘Legend Award’ honouree Maxwell, ‘Lady of Soul’ honouree Ashanti, R&B super duo Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic, R&B/Soul songstress Ari Lennox, soul singer/songwriter and producer Leon Bridges, R&B singer Lucky Daye, and more. The Soul Train Award repeats on Monday, 29 November at 20:00 CAT/ 19:00 WAT.

Monde Twala, SVP, General Manager ViacomCBS Networks Africa & Peer Lead at BET International said, “BET is dedicated to showcasing the best of black entertainment culture and soul music. We are proud to see growth and diversity in the celebration of soul music with African artists being recognized amongst the nominees. The line-up and performances are going to be sizzling hot, a must watch for all lovers of good soul music.”

The “Soul Train Awards” annual Soul Cypher is a tradition started by former show host Erykah Badu that features a group of artists freestyling. The cypher will bring together some of today’s top vocalists for what promises to be an electrifying performance. Participants in the cypher this year include D-Nice, Musiq Soulchild, Jac Ross, Koryn Hawthorne, Elle Varner, and Tone Stith. As a nod to the 20th Anniversary of her self-titled album Aaliyah, the late R&B great’s hit single “Rock the Boat” provides both theme and instrumental for the cypher.


“Soul music is a movement, and we are incredibly proud to give it a platform and produce a performance line-up that will exemplify the best of the genre and reach generations of music lovers across the globe,” said Connie Orlando, EVP, Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy. “We could not be more thrilled for these exceptional artists to hit the stage at the historic world-famous Apollo, in celebration of fifty years of Soul Train. This will definitely be an iconic night to remember.”

Additionally, BET announced the first group of presenters who will take the stage: H.E.R, Tristan Mack Wilds, and the BET casts of Games People Play and Sacrifice, a BET + Original series.

As previously announced, H.E.R. leads the 2021 “Soul Train Awards” nominations with an impressive eight nods for ‘Best R&B/Soul Female Artist,’ ‘Song of the Year,’ ‘Album of the Year,’ ‘The Ashford and Simpson Songwriter’s Award (x2),’ ‘Best Collaboration (x2),’ and ‘Video of the Year’. Jazmine Sullivan and Chris Brown garnered the second most nods with six nominations each. Jazmine Sullivan’s nods include ‘Best R&B/Soul Female Artist,’ ‘Song of the Year,’ ‘Album of the Year,’ ‘The Ashford and Simpson Songwriter’s Award,’ ‘Best Collaboration,’ and ‘Video of the Year’. Chris Brown’s nods include ‘Best R&B/Soul Male Artist,’ ‘The Ashford and Simpson Songwriter’s Award,’ ‘Best Dance Performance,’ ‘Best Collaboration (x2),’ and ‘Video of the Year’. Wizkid and TEMS are the third highest with five nods each, followed by Blxst with four nods. Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic, Doja Cat, and Yung Bleu each have three nods.

Three-time GRAMMY® award-winning singer-songwriter and producer Maxwell will receive the ‘Legend’ award at the 2021 “Soul Train Awards.” Award-winning and multi-platinum singer/songwriter, actor, entrepreneur, and author Ashanti will be the recipient of the ‘Lady of Soul’ honour.


Dynamic best-friend duo Tisha Campbell and Tichina Arnold will return as co-hosts of the 2021 “Soul Train Awards,” bringing their irreplaceable energy and hilarious comedic talents to this year’s show.

For show information, please visit, the official site for the 2021 “Soul Train Awards.”

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