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BET announce host and nominees for 2018 Soul Train Awards

Cardi B, Bruno Mars and H.E.R. top this year’s nods.

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  • Cardi B, Bruno Mars and H.E.R. top this year’s nods
  • The show will be hosted by former ‘Martin’ co-stars Tichina Arnold and Tisha Campbell-Martin

Set to take place in Las Vegas next month, Viacom’s BET Networks have announced the full list of nominees and hosts for the 2018 Soul Train Awards. Leading the pack of this year with seven nominations total, is rising Californian R&B Star H.E.R. – sitting just ahead of Cardi B and Bruno Mars who each earned six. Additional acts with multiple nods include TDE R&B act SZA (with five), whilst ‘Boo’d Up’ Londoner Ella Mai joins Canadian singer-songwriter Daniel Caesar in garnering four.

Honorary awards this year will include the ‘Legend Award’, which will be presented to Neo-soul legend Erykah Badu – whilst Grammy Award winning R&B icon Faith Evans will be the recipient of the ‘Lady of Soul’ Award.

View the full list of nominees for the 2018 Soul Train Awards below:

BEST NEW ARTIST

  • Daniel Caesar
  • Jorja Smith
  • Kali Uchis
  • Leon Thomas
  • Normani
  • Queen Naija

SOUL TRAIN CERTIFIED AWARD

  • Ashanti
  • Jorja Smith
  • Ledisi
  • Lenny Kravitz
  • MAJOR.
  • Tamia

BEST R&B/SOUL FEMALE ARTIST

  • Beyoncé
  • Ella Mai
  • H.E.R.
  • Mariah Carey
  • SZA

BEST R&B/SOUL MALE ARTIST

  • Bruno Mars
  • Childish Gambino
  • Daniel Caesar
  • John Legend
  • Khalid
  • Tank

BEST GOSPEL/INSPIRATIONAL AWARD

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  • Andra Day
  • Kirk Franklin
  • Lecrae
  • Snoop Dogg
  • Tori Kelly

RHYTHM & BARS AWARD (BEST HIP-HOP SONG OF THE YEAR)

  • Cardi B – “I Like It” featuring Bad Bunny and J Balvin
  • Childish Gambino – “This is America”
  • DJ Khaled – “No Brainer” featuring Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper and Quavo
  • Drake – “In My Feelings”
  • The Carters – “Apeshit”

SONG OF THE YEAR

  • Bruno Mars – “Finesse” (Remix) featuring Cardi B
  • Ella Mai – “Boo’d Up”
  • H.E.R. – “Every Kind of Way”
  • SZA – “The Weekend”
  • The Internet – “Come Over”

ALBUM/MIXTAPE OF THE YEAR

  • Chloe X Halle – The Kids Are Alright
  • Chris Brown – Heartbreak on a Full Moon
  • H.E.R. – H.E.R.
  • Leon Bridges – Good Thing
  • Miguel – War & Leisure
  • The Internet – Hive Mind

THE ASHFORD AND SIMPSON SONGWRITER’S AWARD

  • “Finesse” (Remix) – Written by Gene Hernandez, Belcalis Almanzar, Chris Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Ray McCullough, Klenord Raphael, Jeremy Reeves, James Yip, Ray Romulus (Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B)
  • “Summertime Magic” – Written by Donald Glover, Ludwig Goransson (Childish Gambino)
  • Best Part” – Written by Ashton Simmonds, H.E.R., Riley Bell, Matthew Burnett, Jordan Evans (Daniel Caesar featuring H.E.R.)
  • “Boo’d Up” – Written by Ella Howell, Dijon McFarlane, Joelle James, Larrance Dopson (Ella Mai)
  • “Focus” – Written by H.E.R., Darhyl Camper, Justin Love (H.E.R.)
  • “Broken Clocks” – Written by Solana Rowe, Cody Fayne, Adam Feeney, Ashton Simmonds, Thomas Beesley (SZA)

BEST DANCE PERFORMANCE

  • Bruno Mars – “Finesse” (Remix) featuring Cardi B
  • Chris Brown – “Tempo”
  • Ciara – “Level Up”
  • HoodCelebrityy – “Walking Trophy”
  • Janet Jackson – “Made for Now” featuring Daddy Yankee

BEST COLLABORATION PERFORMANCE

  • Bruno Mars – “Finesse” (Remix) featuring Cardi B
  • Daniel Caesar – “Best Part” featuring H.E.R.
  • John Legend – “A Good Night” featuring BloodPop
  • Khalid featuring Ty Dolla $ign and 6lack – “OTW”
  • SZA – “Doves in the Wind” featuring Kendrick Lamar

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

  • Bruno Mars – “Finesse” (Remix) featuring Cardi B
  • Ella Mai – “Boo’d Up”
  • H.E.R. – “Avenue”
  • SZA – “Broken Clocks”
  • The Internet – “Come Over”

The 2018 Soul Train Awards will take place at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on November 2018 and is set to premiere on BET and BET HER on November 25 at 8p Eastern.

Details on performers and presenters are yet to be announced. This year’s hosts have been confirmed as 90’s smash sitcom ‘Martin’ co-stars Tichina Arnold and Tisha Campbell-Martin.c

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    2021 Grammy Awards: Winners List

    The 63rd annual Grammy Awards took place at LA’s Convention Center, with no live audience. Beyoncé now holds the record for the most Grammy wins by any singer and any female artist in history.

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    Story Highlights

    • The 63rd annual award show took place at LA’s Convention Center, with no live audience
    • Beyoncé now holds the record for the most Grammy wins by any singer and any female artist in history
     

    After postponing the event from January 31st to March 14th due to COVID-19, the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards took place this past Sunday night. Telecasting live from Downtown Los Angeles on CBS, the event mostly took place outdoors at the LA Convention Center, allowing them to use the Staples Center (the GRAMMYs’ usual venue) as a visual backdrop. Despite there being no live audience and viewership hitting a record-low, the night still ended up being historical on a number of levels.

    The most nominated artist of the night was Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, who also ended up scooping the most awards – winning four of her nine nominations. This feat puts Beyoncé top of the list for the most Grammy wins by any singer in history, with a total of 28. She is now only beaten by Hungarian-British Conductor Georg Solti who won 31 during his career – and has tied with Quincy Jones, who also has 28.

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    View a list of winners and nominees below.

    RECORD OF THE YEAR

    • “Everything I Wanted” — Billie Eilish — Winner
    • “Black Parade” — Beyoncé
    • “Colors” — Black Pumas
    • “Rockstar” — DaBaby featuring Roddy Ricch
    • “Say So” — Doja Cat
    • “Don’t Start Now” — Dua Lipa
    • “Circles” — Post Malone
    • “Savage” — Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyoncé

    ALBUM OF THE YEAR

    • “Folklore” — Taylor Swift — Winner
    • “Chilombo” — Jhené Aiko
    • “Black Pumas” (Deluxe Edition) — Black Pumas
    • “Everyday Life” — Coldplay
    • “Djesse Vol. 3” — Jacob Collier
    • “Women in Music Pt. III” — Haim
    • “Future Nostalgia” — Dua Lipa
    • “Hollywood’s Bleeding” — Post Malone

    SONG OF THE YEAR

    • “I Can’t Breathe” — H.E.R. — Winner
    • “Black Parade” — Beyoncé
    • “The Box” — Roddy Ricch
    • “Cardigan” — Taylor Swift
    • “Circles” — Post Malone
    • “Don’t Start Now” — Dua Lipa
    • “Everything I Wanted” — Billie Eilish
    • “If the World Was Ending” — JP Saxe featuring Julia Michaels
    H.E.R. and co-writer Tiara Thomas accept Song of the Year | Photo Credit: CBS / The Recording Academy

    BEST NEW ARTIST

    • Megan Thee Stallion — Winner
    • Ingrid Andress
    • Phoebe Bridgers
    • Noah Cyrus
    • Chika
    • D Smoke
    • Doja Cat
    • Kaytranada

    BEST POP SOLO PERFORMANCE

    • “Watermelon Sugar” — Harry Styles — Winner
    • “Yummy” — Justin Bieber
    • “Say So” — Doja Cat
    • “Everything I Wanted” — Billie Eilish
    • “Don’t Start Now” — Dua Lipa
    • “Cardigan” — Taylor Swift

    BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM

    • “Future Nostalgia” — Dua Lipa — Winner
    • “Changes” — Justin Bieber
    • “Chromatica” — Lady Gaga
    • “Fine Line” — Harry Styles
    • “Folklore” — Taylor Swift

    BEST POP/DUO GROUP PERFORMANCE

    • “Rain on Me” — Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande — Winner
    • “Un Dia (One Day)” — J Balvin, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny & Tainy
    • “Intentions” — Justin Bieber featuring Quavo
    • “Dynamite” — BTS
    • “Exile” — Taylor Swift featuring Bon Iver

    BEST TRADITIONAL POP VOCAL ALBUM

    • “American Standard” — James Taylor — Winner
    • “Blue Umbrella” — Burt Bacharach & Daniel Tashian
    • “True Love: A Celebration of Cole Porter” — Harry Connick Jr.
    • “Unfollow the Rules” — Rufus Wainwright
    • “Judy” — Renée Zellweger

    BEST R&B PERFORMANCE

    • “Black Parade” — Beyoncé — Winner
    • “Lightning & Thunder” — Jhené Aiko featuring John Legend
    • “All I Need” — Jacob Collier featuring Mahalia & Ty Dolla $ign
    • “Goat Head” — Brittany Howard
    • “See Me” — Emily King
    Beyonce accepts Best R&B Performance for Black Parade | Photo Credit: CBS / The Recording Academy

    BEST TRADITIONAL R&B PERFORMANCE

    • “Anything for You” — Ledisi — Winner
    • “Sit On Down” — The Baylor Project featuring Jean Baylor & Marcus Baylor
    • “Wonder What She Thinks of Me” — Chloe x Halle
    • “Let Me Go” — Mykal Kilgore
    • “Distance” — Yebba

    BEST R&B SONG

    • “Better Than I Imagined” — Robert Glasper featuring H.E.R. & Meshell Ndegeocello — Winner
    • “Black Parade” — Beyoncé
    • “Collide” — Tiana Major9 & EARTHGANG
    • “Do It” — Chloe x Halle
    • “Slow Down” — Skip Marley & H.E.R.

    BEST R&B ALBUM

    • “Bigger Love” — John Legend — Winner
    • “Happy 2 Be Here” — Ant Clemons
    • “Take Time” — Giveon
    • “To Feel Love/D” — Luke James
    • “All Rise” — Gregory Porter

    BEST RAP PERFORMANCE

    • “Savage” — Megan thee Stallion featuring Beyoncé — Winner
    • “Deep Reverence” — Big Sean featuring Nipsey Hussle
    • “Bop” — DaBaby
    • “Whats Poppin” — Jack Harlow
    • “The Bigger Picture” — Lil Baby
    • “Dior” — Pop Smoke
    Beyoncé joins Megan Thee Stallion to accept Best Rap Performance for "Savage" | Photo Credit: CBS / The Recording Academy

    BEST MELODIC RAP PERFORMANCE

    • “Lockdown” — Anderson .Paak — Winner
    • “Rockstar” — DaBaby featuring Roddy Ricch
    • “Laugh Now Cry Later” — Drake featuring Lil Durk
    • “The Box” — Roddy Ricch
    • “Highest in the Room” — Travis Scott

    BEST RAP SONG

    • “Savage” — Megan thee Stallion featuring Beyoncé — Winner
    • “The Bigger Picture” — Lil Baby
    • “The Box” — Roddy Ricch
    • “Laugh Now Cry Later” — Drake featuring Lil Durk
    • “Rockstar” — DaBaby featuring Roddy Ricch

    BEST RAP ALBUM

    • “King’s Disease” — Nas — Winner
    • “Black Habits” — D Smoke
    • “Alfredo” — Freddie Gibbs & The Alchemist
    • “A Written Testimony” — Jay Electronica
    • “The Allegory” — Royce da 5’9″

    BEST LATIN POP OR URBAN ALBUM

    • “YHLQMDLG” — Bad Bunny — Winner
    • “Por Primera Vez” — Camilo
    • “Mesa Para Dos” — Kany García
    • “Pausa” — Ricky Martin
    • “3:33” — Debi Nova

    BEST LATIN POP OR URBAN ALBUM

    • “YHLQMDLG” — Bad Bunny — Winner
    • “Por Primera Vez” — Camilo
    • “Mesa Para Dos” — Kany García
    • “Pausa” — Ricky Martin
    • “3:33” — Debi Nova

    BEST REGGAE ALBUM

    • “Got to Be Tough” — Toots & The Maytals — Winner
    • “Upside Down 2020” — Buju Banton
    • “Higher Place” — Skip Marley
    • “It All Comes Black to Love” — Maxi Priest
    • “One World” — The Wailers

    BEST GLOBAL MUSIC ALBUM

    • “Twice as Tall” — Burna Boy — Winner
    • “Fu Chronicles” — Antibalas
    • “Agora” — Bebel Gilberto
    • “Love Letters” — Anoushka Shankar
    • “Amadjar” — Tinariwen 

    For a full list of this year’s winners and nominees, click here.

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    Grammy Awards Postponed, New Date Revealed

    The 2021 Grammy Awards has been rescheduled. Details surrounding the format of the show still remain unclear.

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    • March 14, 2021 has been confirmed as the new date for this year’s telecast due to COVID-19.
    • Format and structure of the show still unknown.

    In a joint statement from Harvey Mason, Jr (Interim President/CEO, The Recording Academy), Jack Sussman (EVP, Live Event, CBS Television), and the show’s Executive Producer Ben Winston, the 63rd Grammy Awards have been officially pushed back to March 14th, 2021. Citing ‘the deteriorating COVID situation in Los Angeles’ (where the ceremony is scheduled to be held) as the reason for the postponement, the statement confirmed what had already been speculated regarding the upcoming ceremony for some time.

    It remains unclear if this pushback means the proposed March date will now include more participants than originally planned nor where or how it will be held or if The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah (below) is still slated to host.

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    Grammy Nominee Trevor Noah at the 2020 Grammy Awards

    According to Variety, a ‘limited’ show was being planned for the original date of January 31st – with only performers and presenters being allowed on-site (at The Staples Center), meaning nominees and winners would only make remote appearances. However, Recording Academy Interim CEO Harvey Mason, Jr. later stated that the event will be held “in and around Downtown Los Angeles”, and also mentioned plans to work with “independent venues” – which could mean we see it not held at Staples and perhaps take a similar production style to the 2020 BET Awards, where all presenters, performers and acceptance speeches were all pre-recorded and/or remote. The statement sent to Music Biz Nation regarding the new March date did not mention that it would be a live telecast – suggesting this may well be the case.

    Recording Academy Interim CEO/President Harvey Mason, Jr. at the Press Conference for the 2020 Grammy Awards

    Top nominees for the 63rd Grammy Awards include Beyonce (leading with a total of 9 noms, with 2 for ‘Record of the Year’), followed by Roddy Ricch, Dua Lipa and Taylor Swift – who each have 6. You can view the complete list of nominees here.

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