The Soul Train Music Awards show will air tonight on Centric and BET at 7 p.m. ET. According to Eurweb, Wendy Williams will host the highly anticipated 2014 Soul Train Awards. Fans hope to see bands that they have not seen perform together in years, bringing back the old R&B quality and Soul Train sound that has been missing from the music scene. Some of the most anticipated performances will be Missy Elliott and Da Brat, Lil Kim and her crew, and Jodeci.
Many Soul Train fans are looking forward to performances by Jodeci, a group that has not performed on stage at a major event since the mid 2000s, according to All Hip Hop. Soul Train lovers can also expect to see 1989 “All Around The World” sensation Lisa Stansfield, along with 1980s “Celebration” band Kool & The Gang. There will also be appearances by Mike Tyson, Trey Songs, Chris Brown, Tamar Braxton, Nico & Vinz, Kem, Mase, and Doug E. Fresh.
Up for Best New Artist is sensual singing sensation Jhené Aiko and Mack Wilds. Nico & Vinz are also nominated for their hit song “Am I Wrong.” Soul Train 2014 nominees also includes, August Alsinia, Sevyn Streeter, and Liv Warfield.
Another category that fans will be watching for is the Best R&B Male. Nominated in this category are Pharrell Williams, Trey Songz, KEM, Chris Brown, Tank, and “All of Me” singer John Legend. Singer Beyonce, Janelle Monáe, Jennifer Hudson, Ledisi, Jhené Aiko, and Marsha Ambrosius are up for the Chaka Khan R&B/Soul Female Award.
The African-American music based Soul Train show came on the scene in 1971. Black teens and adults were mesmerized by images of platform shoe, Afro-wearing dancers swinging their hips to the beat of the music. People waited anxiously every weekend to see the new groups that were set to perform. Several people got their start right there on Soul Train, including dancer Rosie Perez. The Soul Train trip was so live and energetic that Dick Clark tried to have the show booted from television so that he could replace it with his show, according to the Daily Mail.
In 2012, the Inquisitr reported on the suicide death of Soul Train host and visionary Don Cornelius. Though he will be missed, fond memories of his show and his legacy live on. Fans are sure to catch a glimpse of the love, peace, and soul on Sunday night on Centric as some of the biggest stars make their appearances.
Just ask anyone — Soul Train is still the “hippest trip in America.”
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