Soul Train Music Awards

The Soul Train Music Awards is an annual music awards show which previously aired in national broadcast syndication, and honors the best in African-American culture, music and entertainment. It is produced by the makers of Soul Train, the program from which it takes its name, and features musical performances by various contemporary R&B and soul music recording artists interspersed throughout the ceremonies. The special traditionally used to air in either February, March or April, but now airs the last weekend of November (in most years, Thanksgiving weekend).

Soul Train Music Awards
Current: 2022 Soul Train Music Awards
Awarded forOutstanding achievements in:
Soul music, Contemporary R&B, Gospel, Jazz, Reggae and Hip Hop
CountryUnited States
First awardedMarch 23, 1987; 35 years ago (1987-03-23)
WebsiteBET: Soul Train Awards
Television/radio coverage
NetworkWGN America (1987–2007)
First Run Syndication (1987–2007)
BET (2009–present)
Centric/BET Her (2009–present)

The Soul Train Music Awards voting body[1] includes active professionals in the fields of radio programming and music retail and management and recording artists with records that have charted in designated music trade publications in the year prior to proceedings. Past hosts for the show include such R&B luminaries as Luther Vandross, Dionne Warwick, Patti LaBelle, Will Smith, Vanessa Williams, Taraji P. Henson, and Gladys Knight.[2]

The Soul Train Music Award trophy has featured an African ceremonial mask since its 1987 introduction. A new trophy was designed by Tristan Eaton of Thunderdog Studios in 2009 and is manufactured by New York firm Society Awards. From 1995 to 2005 a separate award show named Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards was held, honoring female artists.[3]

Most recent Soul Train Music Awards winners
 2020 November 28, 2021 2022 
 
Award Album of the Year Song of the Year
Winner Jazmine Sullivan
Heaux Tales
Bruno Mars, Anderson Paak, Silk Sonic
"Leave the Door Open"
 
Award Video of the Year Best New Artist
Winner Bruno Mars, Anderson Paak, Silk Sonic
"Leave the Door Open"
Yung Bleu

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