Centric Award

Raphael Saadiq

The former Tony! Toni! Tone! front man has reinvented his sound in recent years, offering contemporary R&B/soul with a throwback spirit.

Ledisi

Toting a musical background in jazz, Ledisi has perfected the type of vocal stunts that most soul singers work for years to conquer.

Anthony David

Few singers garner a co-sign from First Lady Michelle Obama, but David’s cozy melodies and soul-stirring voice is worthy of such acclaim.

Aloe Blacc

Off the success of his breakout single “I Need a Dollar,” the rapper turned soul singer has managed to create a worldly sound filled with messages of social and economic issues.

Bilal

This neo-soul singer has wowed listeners with his total package. A true artist, Bilal is a music critic's dream, complete with performance theatrics and vocal gymnastics.