AIRED ON CENTRIC AND BET NOVEMBER 30th, THIS YEAR’S SHOW HONORS FUNK BAND KOOL AND THE GANG WITH THE LEGEND AWARD
SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2014 celebrated and honored soul music’s brightest new stars as well as R&B’s greatest legends during the star-studded show, which aired on CENTRIC and BET on November 30, 2014. Chris Brown was the big winner of the night, walking away with three awards, while Pharrell Williams and Beyonce both took home two. SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2014 was hosted by talk show queen Wendy Williams and featured show-stopping performances by Chris Brown, Jodeci, Nico & Vinz, Tinashe, Lil’ Kim, Missy Elliott and Da Brat, and also honored funk music icons Kool & The Gang with the Legend Award.
SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2014 kicked off with Chris Brown performing a medley of his hits, including “Yo (Excuse Me Miss),” “New Flame,” and “Loyal,” bringing the crowd to their feet. Moments later, Wendy Williams lit up the stage with a glitzy toast to Las Vegas as she waltzed alongside Boris Kodjoe in the opening number. Breakout performers Nico & Vinz took the stage next and belted out their smash hit “Am I Wrong” before wowing the crowd with their new single, “In Your Arms.” After this performance, audience members joined We Are Toonz and their troop of dancers in a lively rendition of this year’s dance craze, the Nae Nae. Later in the show, Jodeci reunited onstage to perform classic fan favorites “Freek’n You,” “Come and Talk to Me,” “Stay” and “Forever My Lady,” in addition to debuting their new single, “Nobody Wins.” To close out the show, a group of artists honored Kool & The Gang by performing some of the group’s greatest hits; artists included Tamar Braxton, MC Lyte, Ma$e, Doug E. Fresh, and hip hop emcees Lil’ Kim, Missy Elliott and Da Brat, who reunited and closed out the night with a crowd-pleasing performance of their 1996 platinum single “Not Tonight” (a remix of Kool & The Gang’s hit “Ladies Night”).
SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2014 honored artists in 12 different categories. Winners included Nico & Vinz (Best New Artist), Beyoncé (Best R&B/Soul Female Artist), Trey Songz (Best R&B/Soul Male Artist), “Beyoncé” by Beyoncé (Album of the Year), and “Happy” by Pharrell Williams (Song of the Year). The full list of winners is below.
SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2014 was directed by Tony McCuin and produced by BET Event Productions and Sunseeker Media. Executive producers of the network telecast were as follows: Paxton Baker, Tami Arasli, Derek Lewis from Centric; Bart Phillips from Sunseeker and David Koff and Jerry Letter from Soul Train Holdings; Doug E. Fresh; Kevin Hunter and Wendy Williams from Wendy Williams Productions, Inc.
For more information, please visit BET.com/SoulTrain, the official site for SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2014.
SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2014 WINNERS
Best New Artist – Nico & Vinz
Centric Certified Award – Leela James
Best Gospel and/or Inspirational Song – Erica Campbell feat. Lecrae – “Help”
Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year – Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne and Tyga – “Loyal”
The Chaka Khan Award for Best R&B/Soul Female Artist – Beyoncé
Best R&B/Soul Male Artist – Trey Songz
Album of the Year – Beyoncé – “Beyoncé”
Song of the Year – Pharrell Williams – “Happy”
The Ashford and Simpson Songwriter’s Award – John Legend (Toby Gad, John Legend) – “All Of Me”
Best Dance Performance – Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne and Tyga – “Loyal”
Best Collaboration – Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne and Tyga – “Loyal”
Video of the Year – “Happy” (Pharrell Williams) – We are from L.A.
SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2014 is part of Centric’s Soul Train Weekend at the Orleans Hotel & Casino. The weekend includes the following events:
Thursday, November 6: Kick-Off Reception with meet and greets featuring SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2014 and Comedy All Stars Show talent
Friday, November 7: SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2014 with host, Wendy Williams
Saturday, November 8: Centric Comedy All Stars Show hosted by Bill Bellamy featuring comedic geniuses Kim Coles, Faizon Love, Donnell Rawlings, Malik S. and Cocoa Brown.
Sunday, November 9: Centric Presents: The Soul Train Review, a live musical event with the iconic Kool and the Gang
Opportunities to watch a live rehearsal and access the red carpet at SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2014
For additional information and to purchase tickets for all of the exciting events, visit www.SoulTrainWeekend.com or call 888-234-2334.