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Wizkid and Tems Bag 5 respective Soul Train Awards Nominations, see full list of nominees

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The 2021 BET Soul Train Awards are right around the corner.

BET announced the nominations for this year’s awards ceremony, co-hosted by Tisha Campbell and Tichina Arnold and taking place Sunday, Nov. 28.

H.E.R. leads nominations with eight nods, including Best R&B/Soul Female Artist, Song of the Year, Album of the Year, and Video of the Year, among others. Jazmine Sullivan and Chris Brown follow with six nominations each. With five recognitions a piece are Wiz Kid and TEMS.

Additionally, Ashanti will be honored with the Lady of Soul Award, while Maxwell will receive the Legend Award.

“I’m honored to be recognized as this year’s Lady of Soul honoree,” Ashanti said in a statement. “This is a full circle moment for me because I received the ‘Aretha Franklin Entertainer of the Year’ Award at the Lady of Soul Awards in 2002. As we commemorate 50 years of Soul Train, I’m proud to be a part of this legacy and to return to the Apollo to celebrate.”

Maxwell also stated, “It’s an honor to be presented with the Legend award by a community that’s been growing with me throughout my career. I’m so grateful to be sharing this moment with everyone and returning to the Apollo for an evening of excellence.”

See the full list of nominees below:

Song of the Year

Blxst feat. Ty Dolla $Ign & Tyga – “Chosen”
Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak (Silk Sonic) – “Leave the Door Open”
H.E.R. – “Damage”
Jazmine Sullivan – “Pick Up Your Feelings”
Wizkid feat. Tems – “Essence”
Yung Bleu feat. Drake – “You’re Mines Still”

Album of the Year

Blxst – No Love Lost
Doja Cat – Planet Her
Giveon – When It’s All Said and Done… Take Time
H.E.R. – Back of My Mind
Jazmine Sullivan – Heaux Tales
Wizkid – Made in Lagos

Video of the Year

Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak (Silk Sonic) – “Leave the Door Open”
Chris Brown, Young Thug feat. Future, Lil Durk, Latto – “Go Crazy (Remix)”
H.E.R. – “Damage”
Jazmine Sullivan – “Pick Up Your Feelings”
Normani feat. Cardi B – “Wild Side”
Wizkid feat. Tems – “Essence”

Best R&B/Soul Female Artist

Alicia Keys
Doja Cat
H.E.R.
Jazmine Sullivan
Jhené Aiko
SZA

Best R&B/Soul Male Artist

Blxst
Chris Brown
Giveon
Lucky Daye
Tank
Usher

Best Collaboration

Chris Brown, Young Thug feat. Future, Lil Durk, Latto – “Go Crazy (Remix)”
Doja Cat feat. SZA – “Kiss Me More”
H.E.R. feat. Chris Brown – “Come Through”
Jazmine Sullivan feat. H.E.R. – “Girl Like Me”
Wizkid feat. Tems – “Essence”
Yung Bleu feat. Drake – “You’re Mines Still”

Best New Artist

Blxst
Capella Grey
Morray
Tems
Tone Stith
Yung Bleu

Certified Soul Award

Anthony Hamilton
Ashanti
Charlie Wilson
The Isley Brothers
Jam & Lewis
T-Pain

Best Dance Performance

Chloe X Halle – “Ungodly Hour”
Chris Brown, Young Thug – “City Girls”
Lizzo Feat. Cardi B – “Rumors”
Normani Feat. Cardi B- “Wild Side”
Usher – “Bad Habits”

Best Gospel/Inspirational Award

Brian Courtney Wilson
James Fortune
Kelly Price
Kirk Franklin
Maverick City Music
Tasha Cobbs Leonard

The Ashford and Simpson Songwriter’s Award

“Can’t Let It Show” – written by: Kate Bush, Durrell Babbs (Tank)
“Come Through” – written by: Carl Mccormick, Chris Brown, H.E.R., Kelvin Wooten, Michael L. Williams Ii, Tiara Thomas (H.E.R. Feat. Chris Brown)
“Damage” – written by: Anthony Clemons Jr., Carl Mccormick, H.E.R., James Harris, Jeff Gitelman, Terry Lewis, Tiara Thomas (H.E.R.)
“Essence” – written by: Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun, Oniko Eddie Uzezi, Oniko Evawero, Richard Isong, Temilade Openiyi (Wizkid Feat. Tems)
“Leave the Door Open” – written by: Bruno Mars, Brandon Anderson, Dernst Emile Ii, Christopher Brody Brown (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic)
“Pick Up Your Feelings” – written by: Blue June, Chi, Audra Mae Butts, Jazmine Sullivan, Kyle Coleman, Michael Holmes (Jazmine Sullivan)

The 2021 BET Soul Train Awards will air Nov. 28 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on BET and BET Her.

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South Africa’s Wouter Kellerman, Zakes Bantwini & Nomcebo Zikode win Grammy Best Global Music Performance

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South Africa’s Wouter Kellerman, Zakes Bantwini & Nomcebo Zikode have  won the 2023 Grammy award for Best Global Music Performance for Bayethe. (more…)

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Idris Elba attends Akwasidae in Asante Kingdom

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British actor of Ghanaian and Senegalese heritage, Idris Elba has paid homage to the Ashanti King, Otumfour Osei Tutu II as he attended Akwasidae at the Manhyia Palace in Kumasi.

The Akwasidae Festival is celebrated by the Ashanti people and chiefs in Ashanti, as well as the Ashanti diaspora. The festival is celebrated on a Sunday, once every six weeks.

Earlier in the week, Elba revealed that he and his partners have undertaken some groundwork aimed at facilitating the building of a film studio in Ghana and across West Africa.

Speaking to President Akufo-Addo during a visit to the Jubilee House, the actor explained that although so much can be achieved in the film industry in Africa, facilities are lacking.

Hence, Idris Elba is convinced that the project, when completed, will be robust and competitive to attract filmmakers to choose Ghana for their productions.

“Currently, we call it West African Studios, but that’s a working title. We’ve been working on this for three or four years to raise a plan that puts a facility at the centre of African filmmaking. There’s a lot for African filmmaking, but the facilities are lacking.”

Idris Elba added that although their plans are in place, they believe that there needs to be policies that would encourage filmmakers to make the trip to Ghana and other West African countries.

He stated that in their preparations and research, they put together the parameters for the policy, adding that they sought to understand what international filmmakers need from Ghana.

The ‘Beast of No Nation’ actor stated that without the policy framework, the country can have as many film studios as possible, but it will not attract filmmakers.

“We realized that policy is where the actual groundwork needs to be laid. We’ve studied the models of South Africa, incredible incentive packages, Greece, Morocco and these are all places where they realize the value of the filmmaking and they’ve brought that policy into play.”

“National Film Authority has done the work and put together a very comprehensive plan to propel Ghana into the forefront. It needs to be robust and competitive to the rest of the world. We believe for sure that Ghana should step up in terms of attracting those filmmakers. I’ve come and seen you and presented to you essentially, just the parameters of what we need to do.”

President Akufo-Addo assured Idris Elba that the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture is developing a policy framework to guide filmmaking in the country.

He advised that the director of the Creative Arts Agency will liaise with the Tourism Minister to look through the proposal presented, in relation to what the Ministry is doing to ensure there are no gaps.

He stated that this will ensure the film industry has a comprehensive document that guides their activities.

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Stonebwoy hits the studio with American singer Jordin Sparks

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Ghanaian Reggae and Dancehall artist, Stonebwoy has been captured in a studio with American singer, Jordin Sparks following their recent meeting in Los Angeles. (more…)

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Nigerian court fines singer Oxlade N5m over leaked sex tape

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A Lagos State High Court, Southwest Nigeria has awarded N5m damages against a singer, Ikuforijimi Abdulrahman, aka Oxlade, over a leaked explicit sex tape with a woman on a social media app, Snapchat. (more…)

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I put Stonebwoy on, but people claim I have done nothing to support other artists- Kwaw Kese

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T-Ben Miller drops new single “Soldier”, ahead of EP release – LISTEN

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T-Ben Miller has come for the girls again with a new single. This time he comes as a “Soldier”, the title of the song. As the Valentine’s Day season approaches and the world is celebrating February as the month of love, it is appropriate to find the song that syncs well with the ladies.

T-Ben already has hinted about an upcoming EP due for release in early 2023 titled “No Bad Times”, from which he has released some few singles already. But “Soldier” is a side step teaser he wants to share with his fans especially his ladies ahead of the catalogue release.

Listen to “Soldier” here on Digital Stores: https://li.sten.to/tbenmillersoldier

A year ago he relaunched himself with an all new set of records and upgraded version of his creativity. He has since been consistent with releases. T-Ben Miller is an alumni of Ho Technical University who is now fully into doing music and majors in Afrobeats. Follow him across social media on the handle @iamTBen.

 

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