In Memory of Don Cornelius

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  • Don Cornelius BET Awards 2012
  • Don Cornelius BET Awards 2012
  • Don Cornelius BET Awards 2012
  • Don Cornelius BET Awards 2012
  • Don Cornelius BET Awards 2012
  • Don Cornelius BET Awards 2012
  • Don Cornelius BET Awards 2012
  • Don Cornelius BET Awards 2012
  • Don Cornelius BET Awards 2012
  • Don Cornelius BET Awards 2012

Soul Train Awards

In 1987, after finding another void for Black entertainers, Cornelius took his initial concept to the next level and created the Soul Train Awards to honor the contributions of Black artists; the annual program continues to this day. (Photo: Vince Bucci/Getty Images)