Janelle Monáe to be Awarded 'Soul Train Awards' 2023 Newly Name 'Spirit of Soul' Award

The award was previously called the 'Lady of Soul' Award.

Today, BET announced Grammy®-nominated global superstar and visionary Janelle Monáe as the recipient of the ‘Spirit Of Soul’ award at “Soul Train Awards” 2023. For the first time ever, the award show renames its iconic ‘Lady of Soul’ category to honor the diversity and inclusivity of this year’s recipient. They are a force to be reckoned with in the worlds of music, film, fashion, and advocacy. A champion for the LGBTQIA+ community and advocate for mental health awareness, Janelle Monáe defies stereotypes and pushes boundaries with their chart-topping music and captivating on-screen roles. “Soul Train Awards” 2023 recognizes the best in Soul, R&B, and Hip Hop from established industry legends and the next generation of promising artists. Hosted by multitalented actress, singer, and entrepreneur, Keke Palmer, “Soul Train Awards” 2023 premieres Sunday, November 26 at 8 PM ET/PT on BET and BET Her.


Usher, Summer Walker and 21 Savage are all up for Soul Train awards this year.

'Soul Train Awards' 2023 Presented by BET Announces Nominees, Premiere Date and New Location

“Janelle is one of the most talented forces in the entertainment industry, and an equally impactful change agent for Black LGBTQIA+ people to see themselves fully reflected across platforms. We are thrilled to honor Janelle’s talents on soul music’s biggest stage, “Soul Train Awards,” said Connie Orlando, EVP Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy. “Janelle’s captivating sound is as multifaceted as Janelle’s many other talents within film, business, and social impact. BET is where Black Pride lives onscreen. We look forward to honoring this dynamic individual with the newly named “Spirit of Soul’ award as we continue to create inclusive spaces for diverse voices to be seen, heard, and celebrated.”

BET Soul joins “Soul Train Awards” 2023 celebration by dedicating a full hour to the honoree’s collection of music videos. Watch many of Janelle Monáe’s bold, stunning music videos tomorrow, 11/17 at 11 AM and 7 PM ET. Check local listings.

 Taping in Los Angeles, CA, BJ The Chicago Kid, Coco Jones, Dante Bowe, Fridayy, Keke Palmer, Muni Long, and SWV are set to perform. Summer Walker, SZA, and Usher lead nominations with an outstanding 9 nods, marking a historic three-way tie. The official “Soul Train Awards” 2023 nominees were selected by a voting academy of esteemed music industry insiders, performers, and presenters. For the complete list of nominees for “Soul Train Awards” 2023 click HERE.

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