BET announced the performance line up for the 2021 Soul Train Awards and this year's show is about to be lit. Get ready to see the 2021 Soul Train Awards "Legend Award" honoree Maxwell, "Lady of Soul" honoree Ashanti, R&B super duo Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic, R&B/Soul songstress Ari Lennox, soul singer/songwriter and producer Leon Bridges, R&B singer Lucky Daye, and more hit the stage.
The Soul Train Awards annual Soul-Cypher is a tradition started by former show host Erykah Badu and features a group of artists freestyling to a beat. The cypher will bring together some of today’s top vocalists for what promises to be an electrifying performance. Led by DJ D-Nice, the cypher this year will feature Musiq Soulchild, Jac Ross, Koryn Hawthorne, Elle Varner, and Tone Stith. As a nod to the 20th Anniversary of her self-titled album Aaliyah, the late R&B great’s hit single “Rock the Boat” provides both theme and instrumental for the cypher.
Additionally, BET announced the first group of presenters who will take the stage: H.E.R., Tristan Mack Wilds, and the BET casts of Games People Play and Sacrifice, a BET+ Original series.
As previously announced, H.E.R. leads the 2021 Soul Train Awards nominations with an impressive eight nods for ‘Best R&B/Soul Female Artist,’ ‘Song of the Year,’ ‘Album of the Year,’ ‘The Ashford and Simpson Songwriter’s Award (x2),’ ‘Best Collaboration (x2),’ and ‘Video of the Year’. Jazmine Sullivan and Chris Brown garnered the second most nods with six nominations each. Jazmine Sullivan’s nods include ‘Best R&B/Soul Female Artist,’ ‘Song of the Year,’ ‘Album of the Year,’ ‘The Ashford and Simpson Songwriter’s Award,’ ‘Best Collaboration,’ and ‘Video of the Year’. Chris Brown’s nods include ‘Best R&B/Soul Male Artist,’ ‘The Ashford and Simpson Songwriter’s Award,’ ‘Best Dance Performance,’ ‘Best Collaboration (x2),’ and ‘Video of the Year’. Wizkid and TEMS are the third highest with five nods each, followed by Blxst with four nods. Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic, Doja Cat, and Yung Bleu each have three nods.
Three-time GRAMMY award-winning singer-songwriter and producer Maxwell will receive the "Legend" award at the 2021 Soul Train Awards. Award-winning and multi-platinum singer/songwriter, actor, entrepreneur, and author Ashanti will be the recipient of the ‘Lady of Soul’ honor.
The 2021 Soul Train Awards presented by BET premieres Sunday, November 28 at 8 PM ET/PT on BET and BET Her.