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The Soul Train Awards Are Heading To BET Africa, And Erykah Badu Is Hosting!

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She’s appropriately known as the godmother of Soul.

And Erykah Badu continues to be the most obvious option to host the Soul Train Awards as she’s getting ready to host the awards ceremony this coming December.

The four-time Grammy winner will host, write and produce the gong shindig for it’s live taping on November 5th at the New Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.

BET also announced a star-studded lineup of performances by Toni BraxtonSWVTamar Braxton112Tank and Kirk Franklin. The annual celebration will recognize the best in Soul, R&B and Hip-Hop from legends to the next generation. Filmed on November 5th at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, BET Presents: 2017 Soul Train Awards will air on BET Africa (Dstv Channel 129) on Saturday 2 December at 20:00 CAT.

Multi-platinum and seven-time Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter, artist, actress and producer Toni Braxton will receive the coveted Don Cornelius Legend Award and Grammy Award-Nominated, multi-platinum, female R&B trio SWV will be honored with the third annual Lady of Soul Award.

Nominated artists include Solange, Bruno Mars, Dj Khaled, Rihanna, Bryson Tiller and SZA.

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2019 Grammy Awards Are Upon Us

Cardi B, Drake and Kendrick Lamar lead the race with the most Grammy nods.

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February kickstarts the award season in America and first up for the music lovers are the 2019 Grammy Awards. Arguably the most prestigious gong in music, the award ceremony celebrates great writers and artists from different genres that had a buzz the previous year. The Grammys are always fraught with much controversy, prior to the event and even during the award spectacle. Did someone say Kanye?

ALSO READ: Erica Badu Hosted the Soul Train Awards And She Killed It!

This year marks the 61st Grammy Awards showdown and music buffs are none the wiser. Here’s a list of the 2019 Grammy nominees for the most contentious categories. Think there was an artist who was more deserving of a nod that was snubbed?

Grammy Awards Categories

1. Record Of The Year

  • Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin – I LIKE IT
  • Brandi Carlile – THE JOKE
  • Childish Gambino – THIS IS AMERICA
  • Drake – GOD’S PLAN
  • Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – SHALLOW
  • Kendrick Lamar & SZA – ALL THE STARS
  • Post Malone Featuring 21 Savage – ROCKSTAR
  • Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey – THE MIDDLE

2. Album Of The Year

  • Cardi B – INVASION OF PRIVACY
  • Brandi Carlile – BY THE WAY, I FORGIVE YOU
  • Drake – SCORPION
  • H.E.R. – H.E.R.
  • Post Malone – BEERBONGS & BENTLEYS
  • Janelle Monáe – DIRTY COMPUTER
  • Kacey Musgraves – GOLDEN HOUR
  • Various Artists – BLACK PANTHER: THE ALBUM, MUSIC FROM AND INSPIRED BY

Drake Taking Shots Using Grammy Award

3. Song Of The Year

  • Kendrick Lamar & SZA – ALL THE STARS
  • Ella Mai – BOO’D UP
  • Drake – GOD’S PLAN
  • Shawn Mendes – IN MY BLOOD
  • Brandi Carlile – THE JOKE
  • Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey – THE MIDDLE
  • Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – SHALLOW
  • Childish Gambino – THIS IS AMERICA

4. Best New Artist

  • Chloe X Halle
  • Luke Combs
  • Greta Van Fleet
  • H.E.R.
  • Dua Lipa
  • Margo Price
  • Bebe Rexha
  • Jorja Smith

5. Best Rap Album

  • Cardi B – INVASION OF PRIVACY
  • Mac Miller – SWIMMING
  • Nipsey Hussle – VICTORY LAP
  • Pusha T – DAYTONA
  • Travis Scott – ASTROWORLD

6. Best Rap Song
A Songwriter(s) Award. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.

  • Drake – GOD’S PLAN
  • Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future & James Blake – KING’S DEAD
  • Eminem Featuring Joyner Lucas – LUCKY YOU
  • Travis Scott, Drake, (Big Hawk) & Swae Lee – SICKO MODE
  • Jay Rock – WIN

7. Best Rap/Sung Performance

  • Christina Aguilera Featuring Goldlink -LIKE I DO
  • 6lack Featuring J. Cole – PRETTY LITTLE FEARS
  • Childish Gambino – THIS IS AMERICA
  • Kendrick Lamar & SZA – ALL THE STARS
  • Post Malone Featuring 21 Savage – ROCKSTAR

The award show is slated to take place this Monday, February 11, 2019, at 3:00 AM GMT+2. Will you be watching? Leave a comment with some of your most memorable Grammy moment of all time below and let’s start the conversation.

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SAMAs Are Switching Up A Few Categories Because Things Have Evolved

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The South African Music Awards have announced a few changes to some category names to include more artists who’s contributions might have been easily blackballed. As calls for entries for next year’s gong shindig continue gaining momentum, a more diverse pool of artist may now approach the table:

Best Rap Album has changed to Best Hip Hop Album. The renaming allows for Hip Hop DJs to enter their albums in addition to Rap residing in this category. We can already think of a few DJs who will soon be giving rappers a run for their money in this hotly contested category.

Best African Adult has changed to Best African Adult Contemporary Album. The category does not carry language exclusion.

Best Africa Artist has changed to Best African Artist.  This has also been made a special category so that South African artists can enter their works and compete for the bragging rights of being named the best artist in the African continent.

The Best Kwaito Album category name has not been changed, but its definition has expanded to include Gqom, New Age Kwaito, Amapiano and other types of Kwaito subcategory music available in the country.

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Davido Scoops Best African Act MTV EMA Award

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Davido scooped two awards at the MTV European Music Awards this past weekend. The Nigerian artist continued his winning streak when he walked away with the Best African Act award at the event, held at The SSE Arena in Wembley, London.

Davido, who had the crowd eating from the palm of his hands when he performed at Major League Gardens 2017, took to his Instagram page to thank fans for all the support in what has been his most commercially successful era to date.

MTV (Channel130 on DStv) today at 14:00 CAT and at 17:30 and 22:00 CAT on Tuesday November 14th

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