Mary J. Blige Up For Three Soul Train Awards, Usher and Lalah Hathaway Nominated Twice

BET has 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 Khaled, Rihanna 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.

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.

The complete list of nominees for BET Presents: 2017 Soul Train Awards are (veteran artists in bold):

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


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