Erykah Badu to Return as Host of the 2017 Soul Train Awards
Erykah Badu is returning as host of the 2017 Soul Train Awards for the third consecutive year.
Solange leads the pack this year with seven total nominations including Best R&B/Soul Female Artist. She's also nominated for Video of the Year and Song of the Year for her hit single “Cranes in the Sky" from her acclaimed 2016 album, A Seat At The Table. Not trailing far behind her is Bruno Mars with six nominations, including two nominations for Song of the Year for “That’s What I Like,” and Album/Mixtape of the Year for 24K Magic. Rihanna, DJ Khaled, and Bryson Tiller received nominations for Video of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Collaboration for "Wild Thoughts."
SZA and Khalid are both nominated across several categories as well. SZA is nominated for Best New Artist, Best R&B/Soul Female Artist, and Album/Mixtape of the Year for CTRL. Khalidis nominated for Best New Artist, Best R&B/Soul Male Artist, Song of the Year for "Location" as well as the Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award. Kendrick Lamar, French Montana and Cardi B. are all nominated for the Rhythm & Bars Award.
As for Erykah, who has shined as host of the show in previous years, she continues to be honored for her contributions to both music in culture. Just last month, a petition was introduced to rename a confederate park in Dallas after her, receiving thousands of signatures. And recently, her classic song, "On & On" was covered by R&B rising star, 6lack, in a striped down acoustic performance.
The 2017 Soul Train Awards will be filmed on Nov. 5 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. BET Presents: 2017 Soul Train Awards will then air on BET and BET HER on Nov. 26 at 8 p.m. ET.